What's Coming Up

I’m not going to write a “real” post tonight due to time constraints, but I’m going to be posting over the next few days, so I wanted to let you know what’s coming up. It’s my tradition to do some lists for the end of the year, and this year is no different: 2009 Playlist … Read more

If I Could Pimp My Ride…

If I could pimp my ride, I’d retrofit it to be the ultimate long-distance vehicle. Prior to last year, I was horrible at long-distance driving. I’d get stiff, bored, and tired after about 2 hours in my Camry. But last year I had a long-distance relationship that resulted in several 8-hour trips to West Virginia. … Read more

Management Tactic #21: Random Promotions

I was reading through the New York Times “Year in Ideas” online the other day, and I stumbled across a fascinating article about the most effective way to promote employees within a large company. The article references something called the “Peter Principle,” named after Canadian psychologist Lawrence J. Peter (or is it Peter J. Lawrence? … Read more

Santa Claus

I’m going to tell you something that I don’t tell many people. I believed in Santa Claus until I was 14 years old. Yes. It is true. For the most part. In truth, I had figured it out years before (really). But I really, really wanted to believe in Santa Claus. As I referenced in … Read more

The Spirit of Christmas

Note: You can apply this to any holiday. I just happen to celebrate Christmas. When I was a kid, Christmas was all about (a) the anticipation and (b) the presents. I’m not going to say that presents could make or break Christmas, but they were really important. When I got older, traditions mattered more and … Read more

Three Embarrassments

Lately I seem to be accumulating embarrassments, so I thought I’d share three good ones with you. I’ll be driving about 13 hours east tomorrow, so I’m hoping someone else can drive the responses on the comments board. Can someone please adapt my humor, wit, and charm? Thanks! The Vacuum. I’m leaving town, so I … Read more

The Musician

Today’s entry is a special guest post from fellow blogger Harley May. Harley, a mother of three and a wife of one, contributed this delightful entry. I’ve had the pleasure of reading one of Harley’s short stories, and I can assure you that we’re looking at an extremely talented writer of nonfiction and fiction alike. … Read more