getting out of one’s comfort zone

As a Neo-Renaissance guy, I believe that we learn the most by doing activities that challenge us to take risk, expand out experiences, put stress on us either mentally or physically, and in general, take us out of our comfort Continue reading getting out of one’s comfort zone

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Just have to rave more about Sam Robson. Here’s his latest. It’s a stunner. Very symphonic. He brilliantly combines dozens of tracks to create a superlative performance of a movie and Broadway classic. Enjoy. By the way, this hits me Continue reading Put on Your Dancing Shoes

On the Generosity and Community Spirit of Writers

I’ve been writing seriously, attempting to publish a book, for more than seven years. I am a piddlingly small fish in the big pond of humans who call themselves writers, authors, scribes, journalists, scribblers, or any other name for someone Continue reading On the Generosity and Community Spirit of Writers

Would You Buy a Used Car From This Man?

As it happens, I’m due for a blog post (woefully dragging my heels lately. Can’t even manage two posts per month.). So I thought I’d combine two stones and a bird, or two birds and one stone … something like Continue reading Would You Buy a Used Car From This Man?

Bobby Jones–Perhaps the Best Neo-Renaissance Athlete of the 20th Century

When I think of great athletes of the 1900s, I think of Babe Ruth, Mohammed Ali, Jim Thorpe, Babe Didrikson Zaharias , Jim Brown, Bobby Hull, Jack Nicklaus, Martina Navratilova, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Jordan for starters. All were larger Continue reading Bobby Jones–Perhaps the Best Neo-Renaissance Athlete of the 20th Century

Top Five Things I Learned at the 2015 UW-Madison Writers’ Institute

  Highlights: The recurring theme at the 2015 UWWI was the ever-changing publishing landscape. Quality is more important than ever. Writers must become business owners/entrepreneurs in order to hope to make a living. But a quality book is the keystone. Continue reading Top Five Things I Learned at the 2015 UW-Madison Writers’ Institute

The Laugh of the Day for Anyone Who Has Ever Flown on a Commercial Airline

I was going to write about the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers’ Institute I attended this weekend, but my mom sent me this and I just had to share it. I’ll save the UWWI post for later.

Musings on Building a Better Mousetrap (or Airplane)

While visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ last week, I was overwhelmed by the vast array of flying machines on display. That got me thinking about how one idea, manned flight, bloomed into hundreds of variations. Continue reading Musings on Building a Better Mousetrap (or Airplane)

Innovative Thinking and Goverment are Mutually Exclusive

I came across this fascinating video the other day and got thinking about how creative people are constantly creating, inventing, and building a better mousetrap. The great Renaissance thinkers of the middle of the last millennium achieved their greatness because Continue reading Innovative Thinking and Goverment are Mutually Exclusive

On the Road Again

I’m about ready to go on my second of three trips within four weeks. Unfortunately, this trip and the next involve air travel, my least favorite form of getting from one place to another. As I get older, traveling gets Continue reading On the Road Again