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The Power of No: Setting Personal and Work Boundaries for Greater Productivity and Integrity

Why can’t people get work done at work? It was the premise of a very good talk by Inc. columnist and 37signals co-founder Jason Fried at TEDxMidwest. He articulated the need of “creatives” – designers, programmers, writers, … [Read More...]

What Happens When You Unplug? Using Technology-Free Time to Make Smart Decisions

I'll start with the scary part. Last year, about 13 months ago, I thought I was having a heart attack. At 38. I was driving out of the Target parking lot in the afternoon. I was also talking on the phone, checking for texts … [Read More...]

Novel Notes: Creating a Scene Plan

5 scenes in I can already tell a spreadsheet scene plan is going to be a powerful tool for me to use.  I think I got the idea from Novel Writing for Dummies, though I'm not positive; I've got several help-books going at once. By … [Read More...]

12 Reasons Why I Am Not Leaving Facebook in 2014

The word on the street is that there's an exodus taking place: people are leaving Facebook in droves. The buzz about teens leaving has been around for awhile- Mashable even did this nifty statistic chart showing the age contrast … [Read More...]

What Flannery accomplished in 2 hours a day, most of us won’t do in a lifetime.

“I’m a full-time believer in writing habits…You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or … [Read More...]

Understanding My “Why”

I love ideas. I like the strategic and efficient use of resources. I deeply value connectivity and relationships. I love words and people, eye contact and "aha" moments. I pour these passions into my pursuits. I do it through … [Read More...]

Just Freaking Tell me What to Eat!

It's nice that restaurants, when one orders sparkling water, bring a bottle of Perrier and lime in a wine glass. The presentation is as sensory as the splurge on a nice vintage for the table. It helps. But man, I miss … [Read More...]

My Enlightening Lightening First Week of Weight Loss with Optavia

One week into Optavia, I'm forced to realize this weight isn't going to actually slide off. I used to imagine that gelatinous cellulite could be metabolically heated into a biosilky oil that progressively liquified into sweaty … [Read More...]

Putting My Inability to Lose Weight to the Optavia Test

At the moment, I'm noticing how the melted vegan butter spread swirls with warm strawberry jam in the crusty holes of my toasted baguette breakfast. I don't usually eat in the morning other than coffee with almond milk but later … [Read More...]

Holiday Reading- Publishing a Collection of Short Stories

I put the last five short stories I've written together in a collection and published them. Over the past few years I've written a story to give away as a holiday gift to friends; this grouping includes those stories, which have … [Read More...]

The Fountain That Never Ends

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