Thursday, December 15, 2011
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Monday, May 16, 2011
What in life may have crushed the creative spark inside you?
Can you get it back?
This little movie really made me think -- about making sure I praise my children and tell the their 'faults' are their strengths -- and about trying to find out whatever happened to that part of me. How did I lose it? Where did it go?
Can I ever get it back?
Friday, May 06, 2011
An online article that claims making money using Blogger is possible.
The main premise of this statement is to have a solid offer and a good mailing list.
Would that it were true! I've been at this a year, and I supposedly have had nearly 1,000 page views. But only a handful of comments and no followers.
Wonder what this guys says on his blogs?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
A metaphor resonates
I recently read Robert G. Allen's One Minute Millionaire. He's a financial writer, who has written numerous books on wealth creation. He also claims to have made millions in real estate, back in the Seventies I think.
A metaphor he used struck me. Allen said that every dollar should be viewed as a 'seed' -- a money seed.
That made an impression.
In nature, a seed grows only if it is in good soil and receives sufficient water, sunshine, and nutrients. In nature, it's hit or miss, isn't it? An acorn falls and may sprout and take root, or it may not. Which is why trees must produce so many.
But in a garden, the gardener adds important differences: intention, and attention. The gardener plants each seed the the intention of seeing them grow and produce. She adds her special attention, weekly perhaps, or perhaps monthly, tending her seedlings until they mature and produce.
So in our financial matters we must carefully plant our money seeds with the intention of seeing them produce more seeds -- interest or capital gain. We must remain attentive, making sure the money seeds receive sufficient nutrients, such as an experienced fund manager.
I was talking to my daughter recently. She told me that she looked to me to provide her with financial advice. I was pleased. Here was a seed of another type. Since I can recall, I talked to her about careful use and investment of money. She seems to get it. She's young yet. Time will tell.
Now I will try to tend to the 'money gardens' I have planted. These include:
- My regular job -- my day-to-day bread-winning work, which I enjoy and hope to continue doing until retirement (whenever that is).
- My house (now that spring is here, the place needs mending, painting, cleaning to retain its value).
- The tiny investment fund that I have, which I have split half and half between large cap type investments and bonds.
- My writing, which I hope will produce an additional income stream some day, one I can rely upon in the future.
Monday, April 11, 2011
This one is very interesting, and not just because my son created it!
It is very rich in its tones and plays out its melody with a lot of pleasant variations. Reminds me of Cluster, a little.
Here's a piece created by a very talented young person, who has figured out that electronics has liberated him from the need to follow the traditional corporate route to a musical career.
I have to say I am impressed by how often Michael issues a tweet, and he seems to blog everyday.
Here are a bunch of comments on his blog, which all seem to be very enthusiastic!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I personally recommend these books and audios. In terms of helping me become more positive about myself and my ability to control my destiny, Og Mandino's easy to read and understand tales and parables have been a source of authentic guidance in the area of self help.
I recommend these, from Amazon.A Better Way to Live: Og Mandino's Own Personal Story of Success Featuring 17 Rules to Live By
Saturday, March 26, 2011
A strategic approach to getting out of a rut
When my imagination gets stuck, I try this online tool -- Oblique Strategies generator, derived or based on the product of the same name developed by Brian Eno, the English rock and ambient musician.
In reference to: Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies -- Random Generator (view on Google Sidewiki)
The value of this tool is that it challenges me -- I often get stuck when trying to find a new way to improve myself, my work, and my outreach to others. A 'rethink' is often in order.
What is also good is it allows me to use music as away to expand my ideas. I listen to a lot of Ambient music, which blends classical and electronica and popular music into something 'new.'
An articulate article explaining how the nuclear crisis in Japan will continue to lead us in the direction gas fired electrical generation.
Renewables will play a smaller role because they are not baseline power plants.
Roger Conrad writes numerous articles about the utility industry. They are worth reading.
"America’s energy future is natural gas:"
- Japan's Nuclear Crisis and America's Natural Gas (view on Google Sidewiki)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The DOI issued its 5th Deepwater Oil Drilling permit since February 2011, when the started issuing them again.
The Obama administration lifted the ban on deepwater drilling in October 2010, after calling a temporary halt to drilling after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
More domestic oil production will lessen the US dependence on foreign oil imports.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This summarizes two important and interesting facts about the Fukushima Daiichi plant accident and nuclear energy experiments.
1. The Fukushima event may have produced a neutron beam. These are signs that the damaged nuclear fuel rods may have cong supercritical and released radiation.
2. The history of a handful of really interesting events in the early days of the application and demonstration of nuclear, during which researchers accidentally exposed themselves to lethal doses of radiation.
Now, I still think energy efficiency is a better alternative to nuclear energy.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This is a page I recommend -- mainly for the content, which is inspirational and motivational in nature.
It includes Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, as well as Frank Bettger, the author of How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling.
It reminds me that I have some inspirational quotes of my own to add to my blog.
The part I found interesting about this answer is that it addresses the issues of social media immediately, and provides examples. I wasn't aware Amazon had an answers page like this.in reference to: What is Sidewiki and what does it have to do with Google? (view on Google Sidewiki)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Interesting article in the New Yorker late last year about the very real paradox that increases in energy efficiency tend to increase (rather than decrease) the rate energy consumption.
Check out the article at http://twoak.com/azaeg. It was written by David Owens, a New Yorker staff writer since 1991.
This is a true and measured effect, and I think we all know it to be true in our personal lives: for instance, when I saved money on my heating bill (after replacing my very old inefficient windows) I saw my energy bill reduce about $8-$10 a month on average. I can assure you I used that extra money to run my furnace longer this year during this extremely cold winter.
There appears to be a sense that energy efficiency is a waste of time, and money.
I think this is a mistake.
The benefit of energy efficiency investments is to give homeowners and businesses a way to increase the value -- to them -- of the energy they consume. This could result in a decision to lower energy consumption overall and either divert the savings to your bank account or to spend it on more food or to increase energy use by installing decorative outdoor lighting.
In the end, this is good for the individual and well as the overall economy. Power plants are expensive, credit is tight, and increasing efficiency is the same as increasing productivity.