Monthly Archives: June 2009

Stress Test Your E-Newsletter

Question: What’s a fun, summertime activity that the entire family can enjoy? If you said, “Build a tree house in the backyard,” you’re right! (If you said, “Sneak into your neighbor’s pool when nobody’s home,” you’re close.) The point is, there’s nothing quite as delightful as bringing together a pile of kids, a pile of wood, and an unsuspecting tree. And so that’s exactly what we did… last August. Granted, back then I wasn’t quite so enthusiastic about the whole […] Click to read more…

 

Who's Mowing Your Lawn?

It takes me about two-and-a-half hours to mow my lawn. It’s about an acre, and although I’ve got a rider mower, the machine is ancient (slow) and there are a lot obstacles in the way.  My wife sometimes asks why I don’t get my oldest son to do it or just find some other way, so that I don’t use up that time every Saturday morning. I realized recently (yesterday) that I don’t mow the lawn just to get it […] Click to read more…

 

Hobby or Job?

Following up on yesterday’s post (two days in a row, how do you like that?), I finished Hugh MacLeod’s book last night. Lots to think about. In chapter 35, he raises an interesting question, essentially suggesting that if your hobby becomes your job, you no longer have a hobby. I’ve always looked at it the other way: If your hobby becomes your job you no longer have a job. What do you think? Is making a living doing what you […] Click to read more…

 

Advice on Advice

I’ve been reading Hugh MacLeod’s new book, Ignore Everybody. And 39 Other Keys to Creativity. I like the book and I like his point of view and voice. Some of what he says I totally agree with. (“Good ideas have lonely childhoods.”) Some of what he s ays I think is completely wrong. (“Keep your day job.”) Either way, what I’ve noticed about expert advice from successful people is that even if they are in fact expert (a big “if”), […] Click to read more…

 

Sister Act

“Would you fix me up with your sister?” I could be wrong, but I think that’s about the most frightening, anxiety-producing phrase in the English language. (Other than maybe, “Mr. Trump will be your roommate here at the spa.”) It’s presumptuous, it’s imposing, it’s awkward. It’s even a little bit creepy. And, most importantly, it doesn’t work all that well. I know you and I know her, and if I thought it was a good match, I would have made […] Click to read more…