Dale Carnegie, Where Have You Been My Whole Life?

I recently finished How to Win Friends & Influence People cover to cover. It had some fantastic insights into the fragile human psyche. In part one, Carnegie talks about the fundamental techniques in handling people and espouses three principles: 1. Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain. 2. Give honest and sincere appreciation. 3. Arouse in the … Continue reading

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date, Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed, And every … Continue reading

Drivers, Start Your Engines!

The anticipation starts when the engines come to life. I stood at the fences facing the pit. It was an overcast day, but still stifling hot. The indy cars, two at a time took off. A pace car was out in front for the first 2 laps. The sound of 26 race cars going by … Continue reading

Crossing off Items on the Bucket List

I can now say that I’ve been on television. I was fortunate enough to be an audience member during a taping of Rapcity last night. I went to support a friend of a friend who was in a freestyle competition. It was an interesting experience. Not sure if anyone could see me on television — … Continue reading

Crossing the Ts and Dotting the Is

I think it’s a part of my perfectionist personality, but I find a lot of joy in learning calligraphy. Every line is straight, every curve is a semi-circle. I’ve always been intrigued by the beauty of typography; I’m not sure where it came from. I’ve been using felt tip calligraphy markers to practice. When I’ve … Continue reading

School’s Out Indefinitely

This is the first time in 20 years that I will not be returning to school in the fall. A part of me is really happy to start contributing to society and get paid for it. Let me tell you how awful it is to work 60 hours a week and not get a penny … Continue reading