Money, Mastery, Meaning: What’s your compensation?

Fingers snapping in dark, Courtesy of Alicja Colon from

I recently listened to an interview with Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise and author of A Pencil and a Promise, and among the many great details and stories he had about starting a successful nonprofit organization (or for-purpose as the kids are calling it these days), one thing rang particularly true to me. […]

Men at work: Whose work matters?

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Yesterday on my way into work I saw some utility workers doing something with a traffic signal. They had the cherry picker up, with one guy on top working with wires and such while a few below were looking on and talking, watching traffic. I know, I had the same thought too. Ha, ha, one […]

What helps your writing most: Qwerty vs Dvorak

Black Favorit Manual Typewriter Courtesy of Florian Klauer from Unsplash

In a podcast I was listening to recently, the guest was asked about the Dvorak keyboard and why he thought it was the only way to type (he’s a programmer). I have researched the Dvorak vs Qwerty layout in the past, but at the time, most recommendations were for getting an entirely new keyboard, and […]

Exclamation points and emails: Stop yelling at me!


Google invited me to try Inbox last week, so I’m testing it out. I don’t know that email productivity is my main issue at the moment, but why not give it a try? The idea is to have an empty Inbox because that means you’ve done what you need to with the emails. Either you’ve […]

Risk and Safety: Why You Should Swim without a Lifeguard

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The lifeguard is there to protect us. That is what we believe. The lifeguard is there to bail us out when we get into trouble, when we move beyond our capabilities. The lifeguard is the assurance that someone will take care of us when the swimming gets to be difficult or we grow tired. But the lifeguard […]