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What I Learned Painting a Ford Fusion

July 22nd, 2016

It wasn’t exactly one of those Jack and Rose “I want you to draw me like one of your French girls” kind of moments. We weren’t on a doomed boat in the middle of the ocean and Celine Dion wasn’t providing the soundtrack to our adventures. Instead, a group of journalists were gathered in the […]

Sunday Snippet: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

July 17th, 2016

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.” My mom once told me that in every relationship, one partner is always more emotionally invested than the other. The size of the differential may vary, but it always exists. This means that […]

The Problem Isn’t a Lack of Time

July 15th, 2016

Most of us complain (some more than others) about having a lack of time. We have all these things we want to do and not enough time to do them. We juggle our responsibilities at work with our responsibilities at home, all while trying to scrape enough time to pursue the hobbies and interests that […]

Recognition, Validation and a Feeling of Importance

July 12th, 2016

I don’t remember exactly where I first heard this story and I’ve likely shared it on this blog before, but it’s worth mentioning again. A man can be seen walking around a shopping complex with a parking stub in his hands and a confused or troubled look on his face. The attendant at the information […]

Sunday Snippet: Scott Meyer, Off to Be the Wizard

July 3rd, 2016

“Nobody has all the answers, because all the best answers generate more questions.” After making it a point to read at least a book a month, I turned to my friends on Facebook and Twitter for some suggestions. I was looking for some lighthearted and decidedly geeky fare along the same lines of Ernest Cline’s […]

On Opportunity Cost and the Value of Leisure

June 30th, 2016

Have you ever played The Game of Life? In the board game, the first decision you need to make is whether you want to go to school or you want to start working right away. Opportunity cost stares you in the face. By choosing to go to school (for a shot at a higher annual […]

Sunday Snippet: Robert Frost (1874-1963)

June 26th, 2016

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Life is too short to live in regret. I’ve always been my own worst critic and my toughest boss. I had a particularly challenging evening last night with my daughter and I was almost not able to get today’s blog […]

On the Directionality of Progress, Success and Happiness

June 21st, 2016

We all want to be happy, whatever that means. If you boil down all of life’s struggles and aspirations, it really just comes down to happiness. That’s the ultimate end goal and everything else is just a means to that end. You seek happiness through home ownership. You seek happiness through a successful career. You […]