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How to Read a Book – Book Review

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is THE classic text on reading thoughtfully. Is it still worth reading, even though it was last updated in 1972?

photo credit: Thomas Hawk Running is one of those things that you don’t miss until you try it again after a long hiatus. I’ve recently been reminded of this as I just starting to get back into running myself. I’ve been a runner for the past 13 years, about 9 of those competitively. I’ve run… Read more

Update: Comments have unknowingly been broken around here for the past couple days, but it looks like we’ve got ’em working again! Sorry for the inconvenience… comment at will! In last week’s post about making our workdays more relaxed, I made the statement that Saturday is a great day to work. After letting that remark… Read more

photo credit: elle_rigby This post was helped along by tips from amazing (and punctual) designer Grace Smith of PostScript 5. I’ve struggled over the years as a freelancer trying to find the best way to gauge a deadline. It’s safe to say that creating an attainable deadline is more than just picking a date. There… Read more

photo credit: The Rocketeer Whenever I think of rejection, I associate it with Mr. Sweaty-Nervous guy asking out Ms. Popular and getting laughed at. But rejection comes in many forms, and isn’t just limited to the stereotypical snubbed prom invitation. You can be rejected in other areas like work, friendship, and even rejection of ideas.… Read more

Growing up, I didn’t play with a whole lot of store-bought toys. It’s not that my parents didn’t provide enough tools to stimulate my young mind. In fact, it was quite the opposite: my parents had given me the best toy a young boy could have. I was raised in the country. Living in the… Read more

As I write this it’s early Saturday morning. I’ve got a cup of coffee, a quiet house, and I’m in the zone. You know that place where you mind is free, yet you’re blowing through tasks with the focus of a ninja on ginseng? That’s the zone. I’m starting to think that Saturdays may be… Read more

Musical Crystal Glasses Like Never Before

Photo by Grant Neufeld We all have ambitions of working that dream job or buying that shmancy X, yet we often find ourselves nowhere near that goal. Life, it seems, has a funny way of quickly putting the kibosh on our dreams. When people fantasize about doing their dream job, the fantasy isn’t that they… Read more

Photo by dead_squid GTD is pretty much the de facto organization system of the web. (If you don’t know anything about the little system that David Allen made famous, then check out the GTD Cheatsheet, a mini-series to whet the palate of those not privy to GTD.) The Getting Things Done system has taken the… Read more

Photo by *~fer~* There is a certain type of activity that is my absolute favorite for clearing the mind for some really productive thinking. It has the ultimate blend of physical activity, low mental resource usage, and a change of atmosphere. A perfect storm for some good ‘ol fashioned subconscious problem solving. Nothing adds a… Read more

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