Books Read in September

Some months are slimmer for reading than others. That is true about September. However, what I did read make quite an impact How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren This is an older book, this edition coming from about the time I graduated from high school. However, it was a book I kept on my list for [...]

By |2020-10-10T19:46:00-05:00October 10th, 2020|Books|0 Comments

Books Read June Through August

Summer is a good time to read, but this year, with COVID-19, I did not take a vacation. Most of my reading was done around my work responsibilities. However, the list below is a mixture of new books and old books, favorite authors, and those unknown to me. I was a productive summer of reading. In the Garden of the Beasts by [...]

By |2020-09-03T15:57:00-05:00September 3rd, 2020|Books|0 Comments

Books Read in March-May, 2020

It seemed that I would have more time to read during the isolation of COVID-19. But life got full of online work and the start of a daily broadcast on Facebook. My routines completely flipped upside down. I did read or listen to some books. Here’s the list. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath I pre-ordered [...]

By |2020-06-07T16:22:20-05:00June 7th, 2020|Books|1 Comment

A Prophetic Voice about a Deadly Virus: A Review of the Book Upstream

How do you solve a problem you unknown and unseen? That’s the premise of Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, a new book by Dan Heath. Dan and his brother Chip have written several books. They cover topics such as change, decision-making, and making moments monumental. They leak with practical applications. Several of their processes have changed my basic [...]

By |2020-05-01T13:00:52-05:00May 1st, 2020|Books|1 Comment

Books Read in February 2020

Books have always occupied an upper shelf in my life. I find them introducing me to people I wish I knew. Through them, I travel to places I have never experienced. My reading habit is eclectic. I read a little fiction, history, biography, and books that give me insights into how I live and how I work. Most of my reading is [...]

By |2020-02-27T23:47:20-06:00February 27th, 2020|Books|0 Comments

Eyewitness to History: A Review of Sea Stories

If you settled down with a sailor, back onshore from a tour of duty, he tells you sea stories, those tales of drama and humor from his experiences.   That is the premise of the book Sea Stories by Admiral William McRaven, USN (Retired). McRaven spins a lifetime of experiences into a compelling narrative about some of the headline-grabbing events of the [...]

By |2019-08-27T01:09:58-05:00August 27th, 2019|Books|0 Comments

A Tale of Time: A Parable for a Modern Malady

Is your life "stuck?" More importantly, how do you get "unstuck?" That is the premise of a fascinating little book written by Laura Vanderkam. Vanderkam has written several books (most of which I have read). She focuses her writing on managing time. Her thoughts do not flow from some pinstriped view of business but from a mom of four children and a [...]

By |2019-04-04T22:16:00-05:00April 4th, 2019|Books, Time Management|0 Comments

The Technological Intruder: A Review of Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism

The Greek poet Homer dresses a modern issue in an ancient costume. In his epic poem, The Odyssey the poet tells the story of Odysseus (also known as Ulysses). On his journey home to Ithaca at the close of the Trojan War, he comes across danger. It is not a monster or a superior army. He encounters something pleasant, enchantresses called The [...]

By |2019-03-07T19:58:54-06:00March 7th, 2019|Books, Technology|0 Comments

The Case for Gray Hair: A Review of [email protected]

It started in 1881. Prussian president Otto Von Bismark developed a radical suggestion. Retirement. In a time when people worked until they dropped dead, it was a departure. Von Bismark’s idea was different than the modern conception. His argument was "those who are disabled from work by age and invalidity have a well-grounded claim to care from the state.” Fast-forward to the [...]

By |2019-01-19T14:49:12-06:00January 19th, 2019|Books, Leadership|0 Comments

The Power of the Crucible: Three Advantages to Life’s Troubles

Life passes us through crucible experiences that change us. No one escapes life unscathed by challenges. Tragedies flow into every life, some more severe or numerous than others. What do these crucible experiences do for us? In Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book Leadership in Turbulent Times, she discusses four American presidents and the challenges they faced. Each struggled through a myriad of [...]

By |2018-10-17T19:31:57-05:00October 17th, 2018|Books, Life Observations|0 Comments
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