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Diets don’t work

I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, especially of the most popular New Year’s resolution of all: losing weight. Most of us make that resolution out of remorse for all the fattening food and drink we indulged in during the holiday season. Read more »

The value of personal history

A couple things happened this weekend that made me think about the value of personal history. The first was going with my daughter to watch a high school girls’ basketball game. The other was a television movie adaptation of Mitch Albom’s For One More Day. What is the connection between the two? Read more »

Happy birthday, Commodore 64!

The Commodore 64 – which was the first computer for millions including myself – is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Check out the stories on CNN.

Give the gift of encouragement

The following is a speech that I gave at my Toastmasters club today.

There are plenty of gifts that we can give this holiday season, but one of the most important is the gift of encouragement. When someone is down, when someone has suffered a great loss, or when someone has just lost faith, the support you can give that person can be the greatest gift they can receive. A few words can turn around a person’s entire life.

Words of encouragement must have three attributes. Read more »

Feel the fear and videotape yourself anyway

I had a difficult task at work the other day: Asking my coworkers if they would be willing to appear in a department video. Most of them said no. The one person who agreed did so reluctantly. One person gave me a “if no one else would do it,” but then offered me a plate of brownies to get out of doing it. Read more »