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Leisure Sickness: Can Vacations Be Bad For You?

Recent studies have shown that the positive effects of vacations tend to be both short and weak.** Indeed, some people may even have trouble adjusting…

The Joys of Simplicity

Effectively thinking outside the box requires a deep knowledge of the key elements of a system along with the raw courage to eliminate the superfluous…

Who Controls Your Future?

This is about your old age and how you intend to live it. “Elderly” is the one minority we all are destined to join. 16.6%…

The Power of an Auteur

When it comes to design, Apple is run by a committee of one: Steve Jobs. Jobs reputedly concerns himself with the most minute details of…

If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority

When everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority. If everything is important, then nothing is important. Medicine responds to this potential dilemma with…

Life is About Choices

“The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of…

If it were easy, everyone would do it…

If it were easy, everyone would do it. And it would already be done. Face it, 90 percent of the time the easy stuff has…

Reality Doesn’t Care About Your Feelings

In the final analysis, it is performance that counts. When the tsunami comes ashore, what counts is how high and strong your sea wall is…

“The Pied Piper of Happiness”

Joseph Peter creates handmade “Books of Happiness” in what he calls the Happiness Factory at the intersection of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets in Manhattan. Individual…

Tooth to Tail Ratio

The U.S. Marine Corps likes to boast about its “tooth to tail” ratio versus the U.S. Army. The tooth being the combat power, the tail…

Six Days a Week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

May we truly be fully grateful for the lives of privilege and opportunity we are blessed to live. May we give back in proportion to…

What Didn’t You Do?

Often when a project goes awry or a deadline is not met, I am regaled with long explanations of all the things that were done…

Beyond Calories

Three and a third (3.35) pounds every 4 years, or almost seventeen (16.8) pounds in twenty years. That is what could happen to you if…

Trying Differently

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a form of insanity. Trying differently can be more difficult than it seems…

Bright Burns the Candle: The High of Commitment, The Power of a Goal

At the age of 61, Diana Nyad is preparing to do what no one else has done before: Swim from Cuba to Key West, sans…

Be a little kinder than you need to be…

Occasionally, I get a bit lost on my path, wonder if I’m truly doing the best I can, if I’ve chosen the right star to…

Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude is a California (of course) vegan restaurant, part of a mini-chain of six, that endeavors to serve up “sunshine and rainbows” with its…

The Full Story

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein I’d heard this quote and, to be blunt, always thought it pretty stupid. Sure, imagination is…

We Have Met the Enemy and It Is Us

“There have been many mistakes made by the government. They should pay for most of the damage and not the people.” — Maria Stasini, 42-year-old…

Systemize Your Success

“Every activity contains a series of steps that must be completed correctly to be successful. Systemize your success. Identify the critical steps required to complete…

Allotrion

Allotrion is defined as an idle pursuit that distracts from serious responsibilities. I ran across the word in a New York Times Book Review* and…