It’s Never too Late to Succeed

A New York Times article just came out about a study that shows success is not age related. The article was in part based on large scale study that was recently published on ScienceMag.org The idea might be counter intuitive when you think about the great discoveries and successes of our time. A lot of names that we know such …

Calvin and Hobbes: The Last Adventure

(Authors note: Bill Watterson did not write or give me permission to write this story. I wrote it as a memorial because the “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strips were an integral part of my life from the start when I was a teenager to the finish. I found other versions of Calvin’s last story online and was inspired to write …

Toilets that Flush, a Personal Review

Simple pleasures. It’s a cliche of course, but there are in fact some simple pleasures that cost relatively little yet offer a long term relaxing feeling of happiness that is difficult to find elsewhere. Sometimes discovering a simple pleasure comes later in life. For example, I didn’t discover the wonders of pomegranates and avocados, or learn how to spell them, until …

The Day of the Chin, or, Strangling Chickens and Yummy Griblets

Mr Big Chin and the end of civilization.

I nearly lost my place in the music when the unmistakable sound of someone strangling chickens rose above the normal din of crowd noise and vulgarities in the bar. My first thought was that I didn’t recall there ever being chickens in the bar. Alcohol can bring out the inner demons, or clowns, in the gelatinous petri dish of bar …

The Talent Excuse: Don’t Mistake “Talent” for Focus and Desire

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A perceived lack of talent does not hold you back, what holds you back is believing that talent is the same as desire, dedication, discipline. Do you believe that people who are great at what they do were born that way? If so, it’s a convenient method of letting yourself off the hook, isn’t it? You’re giving yourself a pass …