Making the World a Better Place One Book at a Time

Have you ever seen a child reading a book at a party? I love that kid. When I see them, I smile and look at them enviously. They are doing something that isn’t considered acceptable for adults to do – read amidst a group of people being social. I have a book problem. I like […]

Why I Keep a Commonplace Book

I have a terrible memory. I envy people who read a book and can relay the author’s ideas or the plot years later. I just don’t have those brain cells available to me. Hence, the commonplace book. I do remember (ha!), reading Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, and […]

What are your MITs?

I’m reading Josh Kaufman’s The Personal MBA (I read multiple books at once; a topic for another post). I’m not quite sure if the idea of Most Important Tasks (MITs) originated with him or not, but he has a succinct description of it in his book and on his website. He describes your MIT as […]

Say Yes to Rest

Over the weekend I read a New York Times article about pandemic fatigue. The author cited recent studies and polls of people across the country who were experiencing a lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating and “an unpleasant cocktail of boredom, dread and exhaustion.” It resonated. Despite a fairly consistent level of productivity, it still felt […]

Wintering

I can’t wait to eat in a restaurant. Hug my parents. See my friends. I miss being on campus. But, I don’t miss my commute. I wonder, how anxious am I going to feel congregating in groups? Have I lost my in-person social skills? Wait, am I going to have to wear dress pants again? […]