Busy, The Devil’s Playground

My father infamously created projects to keep my brother, sister and me busy in the summer time. Was plucking chickens a good life lesson? I can almost conjure up the nose-flaring stench today. Pew. The smell when one singes feathers off is truly distinctive, unforgettable. In our eulogies at Dad's funeral, my brother and I shared some Dad’s-crazy-project-tales. We mused that Dad completely bought into the biblical saying, “idle minds are the devil’s playground.” We divided up the stories, my brother and I, to make sure we both got laughs: … [Read more...]

3 Labor Day Honey-Dos

In the U.S., Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. School begins, or gets fully into swing. Darkness comes earlier. Hopefully, temps cool. If you’re in the Midwest like me, you’re less likely to be sucked up in a tornado after Labor Day. Over Labor Day weekend, most of us steel ourselves for what’s to come, knowing we’ll work without a real break ‘til winter holidays. (Especially now that retail stores are open on Thanksgiving, but I’ll stop myself from going off a rant about that). Usually, we create a "Honey-Do" list for ourselves or … [Read more...]

Busy Myth?

What! Americans aren't as busy as we think we are? That's what The Atlantic's The Myth That Americans Are Busier Than Ever  professes. Dig a little deeper, beyond the tantalizing headline, and the nuances tell a different story. I'll let you read it for yourself and if you're too busy to, just know that I'm wishing you a wonderful Memorial weekend. May you turn off your mind (your smartphone, computer and tv) and RELAX! #PeaceHugs, Jone   Image courtesy of the wonderful www.jayroeder.com. … [Read more...]

As Leaders, Can We Handle The Truth?

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.—Oscar Wilde Since I saw my nephews perform in Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the truth. The play’s plot revolves around the legal defense of two Marines accused of murdering another soldier, a young man killed as a result of an informal disciplinary practice called a Code Red. In the movie by the same name, Jack Nicholson plays Colonel Nathan Jessup, the hard-edged leader of the U.S. military base at Guantanamo. Jessup defends his leadership in the iconic … [Read more...]

Stuck? Start Satisficing

Stuckism (so-many-choices-that-one-can’t-make-a-decision-easily) strikes us more and more often it seems. Sometimes stuckism is about relatively unimportant things. See this movie or that? Eat Chinese or Mexican or Ethiopian? (I mean food, you Lecters).  Other times, like one I’m experiencing now – to put my home on the market or keep leasing – feel bigger and more important and potentially more costly if I get it wrong. If you’ve ever been around little kids (I sure hope you have), you’ve witnessed what happens when you give them too many … [Read more...]

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