Archive for April, 2012

Best Blog Comments of April 2012

Best Blog Comments of April 2012

Thank you all who took the time to join the conversation this month, whether it was on the blog or in your personal life. I don’t track comments that you make about the blog in your personal life, though, so as always, I’ll be using comments from the blog to determine my favorites of April. […]


Top 10 Survival Tips for Introverts at Social Events

Top 10 Survival Tips for Introverts at Social Events

If you like this entry, feel free to check out my Kickstarter campaign for a board game I invented called Viticulture. Board games happen to be perfect social lubricants for introverts. I’m an introvert. Myers-Briggs tells me that I’m a very low introvert, but I think that’s because I’ve learned to cope with some social […]


It’s Time to Finish Off the Adoption Stigma

It's Time to Finish Off the Adoption Stigma

The other day I saw the following photo on Pinterest: You’ve seen or heard this type of adoption humor before. It’s a fairly common joke in movies, sitcoms, and online memes. I’m writing today as someone who is not at all sensitive or ashamed of the fact that I’m adopted to say that this type […]


The Lost Legends of Childhood

The Lost Legends of Childhood

Today’s guest post is brought to us by frequent commenter Brad. My first year of collecting baseball cards was 1991.  Nothing in my life at that time beat the thrill I got when opening a pack.  Ken Griffey, Jr?  Jose Canseco (don’t laugh), dare I say it…OZZIE!?!?  There was no telling what joy awaited me […]


Life and Death for a Family Member vs. a Pet

Life and Death for a Family Member vs. a Pet

Consider the following scenario: Your 78-year-old father gets in a terrible car accident. He lives, but machines and a cocktail of medications are the only things keeping him alive. He can’t communicate at all. The doctor says that they can perform an experimental and very expensive surgery to possibly save your father’s life, but he’ll […]


Would You Cover a Major Medical Expense for Your Pet?

Would You Cover a Major Medical Expense for Your Pet?

Consider this scenario: You’ve had a dog for the last 12 years. He gets sick. Really sick. The doctor says that your dog can be cured, but it will cost $6,000 out of pocket for the medicine and surgery, and he’ll be physically limited from then on. What do you do? If the scenario were […]


Leadership Tactic #72: Praise Publicly, Criticize Privately

Leadership Tactic #72: Praise Publicly, Criticize Privately

Praise publicly, criticize privately. It’s a simple rule. And yet many people–among them a number of managers–get it backwards. We criticize our peers in front of others so that we can feel powerful. We may not realize it, but we do. Maybe it’s a know-it-all comment about a friend’s misuse of grammar in a small […]


Pet Please #64: When You Get to Make Someone’s Dream Come True

Pet Please #64: When You Get to Make Someone's Dream Come True

Originally this pet please was going to be “when your expectations are exceeded.” But then I realized that this isn’t about me–it’s about a man named Steve Wiegenstein. Steve is a professor at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. Last year, he sent a completed manuscript of a novel he had written to my publishing company […]


Pet Please #63: 1000 Awesome Things

Pet Please #63: 1000 Awesome Things

For the past 4 years, I’ve been following a blog called 1000 Awesome Things. The author of the blog publishes once every weekday, just like me, and he even posts around the same time, so often I see my blog right next to his in Google Reader. 1000 Awesome Things is essentially my Pet Please […]


The Power of Laughter Yoga

The Power of Laughter Yoga

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Emma, a reader and frequent commentor on the blog. She accepted my Two-Month Gauntlet over five weeks ago, and she’s already bringing her dream to reality! In 2008, I went to Florence to visit my sister, who was studying abroad. On our mini trip to Athens, Greece, […]


The Best Hour of Television I’ve Ever Seen

The Best Hour of Television I've Ever Seen

I’ve seen every episode of The Sopranos, Lost, The Wire, Dexter, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, some of the most polished hour-long television dramas ever. That said, last night’s episode of Mad Men was the best-written scripted hour of television I’ve ever seen. Those shows all have much in common. Sure, each one […]


Pet Peeve #42: The Kissy Face

Pet Peeve #42: The Kissy Face

Women of the world: Please stop making the kissy face in photos. Even ironically. Really. I mean for this to help you. Just smile. You look fantastic when you smile. I don’t quite know how the kissy face originated, but it seems to happen most often when women take group photos. Suddenly you’re all rock star […]


Pet Please #62: People Who Don’t Talk on Their Cell Phones While Walking Their Dogs

Pet Please #62: People Who Don’t Talk on Their Cell Phones While Walking Their Dogs

In all honesty, this post is about women who don’t talk on their cell phones while walking their dogs, but I wanted to make it open to people of all genders and sexual orientations. Two things contribute to this pet please: I look at women WAY too much when I’m driving. I’ve recently realized that […]


The Best Day of My Whole Life

The Best Day of My Whole Life

“Dad, this was the best day of my whole life.” —Caine Monroy, age 9 If you haven’t seen the 10-minute video about Caine’s Arcade that went viral today, I suggest you do so here (I’ll summarize below the video). Warning: You may cry. I did. So, there is a boy in Southern California named Caine […]


Why I Don’t GChat

Why I Don't GChat

I don’t GChat or IM or Facebook Chat. Unless you give me a really good reason, I probably never will. I have nothing against people who GChat. If that’s how you like to communicate, keep doing it. I’m not here to convince you otherwise. But I feel like I get asked to switch to GChat […]


Are Books Better Than Movies?

Are Books Better Than Movies?

With my publishing company’s latest book coming out next week, I’m supposed to be excited about books. And I am excited about that book. It’s beautifully written, endlessly entertaining, and it will move you in a way that few books can. If you’re in St. Louis and want to attend the debut book signing next […]


The Top 12 Things I Learned in School…and What It Means That There Are Only 12 Things on This List

The Top 12 Things I Learned in School...and What It Means That There Are Only 12 Things on This List

We all had this moment at least once, if not many, many times, when we were in school. Moments when we thought, Why do I need to know this? There were all sorts of justifications at the time if we bothered asking. Maybe we were learning something–or a variety of things–so we could know if […]


Leadership Tactic #72: The Clean Desk Club

Leadership Tactic #72: The Clean Desk Club

One interview question that I used to ask to applicants was, “What does your desk at work look like?” I didn’t put a lot of weight in the answer (hence my omission of that question from more recent interviews), but my theory was that a person’s desk is reflective of the way he works. If […]


Will the Future Be a Dystopia?

Will the Future Be a Dystopia?

Hunger Games fever (not an actual ailment) continues to sweep the nation. If you’re a reader of fiction, you probably know that the demand for not just The Hunger Games, but also all young adult dystopian fiction, has been quite high the past few years (see Matched and Divergent, among many, many others). In fact, I […]


Why Do You Go to Live Sporting Events?

Why Do You Go to Live Sporting Events?

With the “real” opening day for baseball upon us tomorrow (two official games have already been played in Japan, but tomorrow marks the first day for a game on US turf), a lot of hype has been made about the new Miami Marlins stadium. It’s the site of the opening day game, where the Marlins […]


Best Blog Comments of March 2012

Best Blog Comments of March 2012

Yes, I cheated–I skipped the “best comments” post for February. These take a bit of work, and February had an immense number of comments thanks to the Tournament of Awkwardness. Plus, I wanted to leave some room for fresh content on the blog, and the tournament was taking up a lot of space. But I […]


Lionsgate Announces “Totino’s Party Pizza Hunger Games” Reality Show

Lionsgate Announces "Totino's Party Pizza Hunger Games" Reality Show

HOLLYWOOD, California (AP) – Following the fastest box-office ascent to $251 million domestically for a non-sequel, Lionsgate Entertainment announced a reality-show spinoff for The Hunger Games set to premier in fall ’12. Although the show will not include any death or violence, it will otherwise follow the model of the competition described Suzanne Collins’ breakout YA […]