Go ahead, be a wench - an Adventurous Wench!

Life experiments

Path through the treetops in Peru

The Year of Living Adventurously

That's my plan for 2011, but it's not what you might think. The saying taped to my mirror is "Life to you is a dashing and bold adventure". While I certainly believe that in a big-picture way, it's one thing to think this way while you're off viewing wildlife in the rainforest... Read article...

Army boot

Adventures in boot camp

Blah. That's how I was feeling. It was too hot for outdoor activities, and I could work up zero enthusiasm for the gym. The plus side was long days of getting work done. The down side was long days of sitting at a computer. Then, I saw a discount on outdoor boot camp workouts... Read article...

Failure is achievable - you can do it!

How to make sure your resolutions fail

I made a New Month's Resolution for this month to write and publish 30 items. Since we just passed the middle of the month, I took stock of how I'm doing on it. On the downside, no A report card so far! On the upside, I've identified 5 simple rules to make sure your resolutions fail... Read article...

New Year's resolutions

New Month's Resolution: Write something

So how are those New Year's resolutions coming along? Still exercising regularly and sticking with that diet plan? If you're on track with your resolutions, you're among a select few. This is my latest experiment - New Month's Resolutions, designed to avoid some pitfalls that plague the annual version... Read article...

The brain full of negativity

Positive Thinking and No Complaints

With all the negativity about the election and the economy, it's easy to get down in the dumps. Radio, new sites, TV, blogs, and twitter, all have bad news and prophecies of coming doom. Elections bring their own special brand of negativity, with constant attacks and mud-slinging... Read article...

Napping

Polyphasic sleep = More hours in your day

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." ~ Benjamin Franklin . . . Time goes by so fast (another year nearly at an end?), and there's so little of it (especially compared to my to-do list)! Life has a limited number of hours, and we choose how we use them... Read article...

Girl laughing 300

Do you laugh alone?

I heard an episode of RadioLab about Laughter recently. They did a fascinating job of covering the topic from multiple angles. One item stood out for me, though. They said laughter is a social thing, and that people don't laugh alone. This doesn't mean when you're watching Letterman... Read article...

Digging in the sand

Solving problems in the sandbox

I just ran across a cool tool - the "Big Dig" over at Idea Sandbox. They describe this as a set of thought starters and problem solving techniques, collected from great thinkers and writers. If you're feeling stuck on a particular problem - whether a business issue, personal matter, or writer's block... Read article...

Memories you can't remember

Memories of things you can't remember

"The safest memories are those in the mind of someone who can't remember." . . . No, I didn't make that up! It's the astonishing conclusion of a scientist who was on the Radiolab episode on memory and forgetting. This podcast explores a variety of subjects (like memory, time, or life)... Read article...

Vote, vote, vote!

So there I was… campaigning for president

I gave my big speech last night - the culmination of my entire campaign to be president of the United States... And now I’m a Competent Communicator! Sounds a bit like something your kindergarten teacher would write, right? Really, that’s the new name for the level you reach at Toastmasters... Read article...