I was about 10 years old eating a piece of pie – I think it was cherry pie – at my grandparent’s house. Maybe it was Memorial Day and the Cubs were on TV in the other room while I devoured bite after bite. The other grand-kids were gathered around the kitchen table and my grandpa, Val Mehler, was Continue reading “Tastes Like More”
Category: Wild Card
One reason I started cataloging my thoughts in this blog is because I’m afraid of losing them. Especially thoughts or insights derived from experiences. My mind seems to forget the details, and I’m afraid I’ll lose the specific memory into an abyss of impressions and vague recollections. Continue reading “Memory Triggers”
The Banana Problem
The problem with bananas is buying them in a big bunch. Unless you’re hosting a banana-split-making party, it’s hard to get through the entire bunch before one or two start turning. The solution in my house is to only buy 2 or 3 bananas at a time and/or plan on putting a few in the freezer for Continue reading “The Banana Problem”
Today I took a tour through Doi Inthanon National Park near Chiang Mai, Thailand. Some sightseeing, hiking (called ‘trekking’ in Thailand), swimming, shopping and lunch. Our guide was a freelance tour guide named Tee. I barely remember the company I booked through (Wild Continue reading “Missed It”
One of our company leaders had a great idea. Our hallways and walls were utterly uninspiring: mindless motivational posters and a few Ansel Adams images mishmoshed with an assortment of oddball paintings from long-gone employees.
What if we had a contest to update our surroundings? Something personal Continue reading “Framed Glory”
It’s so easy to let the precious time of our lives slip away, never getting around to the things we wish most dearly for ourselves and our loved ones. It’s easy and comfortable, and the busy-ness of life can hold a monopoly on our time and energy. We all have ways to try to mitigate this. We try to put the big rocks in first, and that helps. We try to stay present, and that helps. But the world is relentless and the perpetual onslaught of content and entertainment is a near-infinite playground of distraction. It’s no wonder people lose minutes, hours, days and weeks on their screens. Continue reading “Vision Boards”
Structure Frees Creativity
Set a child at her desk and ask her to “draw something”, and she may struggle to think of what. But ask her to draw a flower, and you may get much more than you bargained for when along with the flower comes trees, rainbows, animals, vases, cactus plants, dinosaurs, race cars, and any Continue reading “Structure Frees Creativity”
Dorky vs. Cool
There is nothing wrong with dorky. Dorky is fine however it is usually written off and unable to influence. In contrast, cool has the power to impact and shape. Dorky is a superficial state; cool is a state of self-awareness and requires substance beneath the surface. Dorky withers when Continue reading “Dorky vs. Cool”
Glowing and Grateful
A friend of mine just had his third baby at the ripe age of 55. A completely unplanned pregnancy, my friend is now living with a 6-month old and he is fantastically excited! He recognizes any retirement plans he made are now out the window – he expects to be working into his 70s. He knows the family Continue reading “Glowing and Grateful”
We are – every person on the planet – more powerful than we think we are. Act accordingly.
Asking For Help
Why is it so hard to ask for help?
Is it that I’m admitting I can’t do this by myself? Is there a concern I may appear incapable or incompetent? Am I exposing inadequacies? These may Continue reading “Asking For Help”
Windows Logo + L
What happens when someone from your organization drops in at your desk? Do you “multitask” by half-listening to their words while also looking at your computer screen? We’re all busy and it’s easy to fall into this trap.
When we “multitask” we send a not-so-subliminal message Continue reading “Windows Logo + L”