A guide to living wholeheartedly and a wealth of inspiration from Brene Brown. I have also enjoyed many of the other books she suggests and references...moreA guide to living wholeheartedly and a wealth of inspiration from Brene Brown. I have also enjoyed many of the other books she suggests and references. (less)
Don't judge me. But since at one point I hired authors to write game strategy guides...I feel qualified to say this one is excellent. Author gives goo...moreDon't judge me. But since at one point I hired authors to write game strategy guides...I feel qualified to say this one is excellent. Author gives good advice on making money via the Auction House, Pets and Professions. (less)
This book answered a couple questions I had about my 9 y.o.'s development, but copyright is 1987 and 1990 which made much of the book seem so dated as...moreThis book answered a couple questions I had about my 9 y.o.'s development, but copyright is 1987 and 1990 which made much of the book seem so dated as to not apply. Looking through the bibliography of the book most of the references were from the mid eighties. I like the idea of the whole series though which has a book assigned to each year of development and wish someone would update it for today's parent.(less)
Although I could have got by with just my Waze app, Trip Advisor and a few others-- it was still comforting to have my printed Frommers along for the...moreAlthough I could have got by with just my Waze app, Trip Advisor and a few others-- it was still comforting to have my printed Frommers along for the ride. I referenced it a number of times to verify a few things and at one point needed to use the included map when Waze failed me.(less)
This was my second time reading this book. I like Lynne Twist's point that in our culture we start each day thinking we have a deficit of Time and mon...moreThis was my second time reading this book. I like Lynne Twist's point that in our culture we start each day thinking we have a deficit of Time and money. this book explores rethinking your relationship with money-- making it fluid, recognizing your own abundance and working towards using your money where it will do the most good.(less)
Bob Harris was writing an article on the world's most luxurious hotels. Appalled at the waste he saw and the gulf between the lives of the richest an...more
Bob Harris was writing an article on the world's most luxurious hotels. Appalled at the waste he saw and the gulf between the lives of the richest and the poorest--Bob decided to take the fees he earned and do something good with it. He researched and began loaning funds out through Kiva and other micro-lending organizations. He then traveled the world and met some of the real individuals who are recipients of those funds to hear their stories and find out how those relatively small loans can make a huge difference downstream.
In his book International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time, Harris connects the story to his own background--from roots in Appalachian poverty his own parents moved up for a better opportunity. He describes the long hours his own father put in--and how he sees that and his mother time and again reflected in these hard working individuals around the world.
He also tells the bigger story of micro lending in the book--of Kiva and other organizations--their successes and failures. This is as much a travelogue of the world's poorest regions. He does it with humor and respect for those he meets (except in a couple cases the individuals are not told that he was their benefactor).
I've been a big fan myself of Kiva, and also organizations like D-Rev and Room to Read that are on the ground solving real problems.
In this vein, here are other books I would recommend on globalization and giving back:
Travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli An economics professor chases the economics of a simple t-shirt around the world and it's effect on the economy--from it's creation in a factory to a used clothing economy in Africa.
some good ideas for things to talk about with your child about values, but I'm not interested in developing a twelve month program for my child. Aimed...moresome good ideas for things to talk about with your child about values, but I'm not interested in developing a twelve month program for my child. Aimed more for the large Christian family set.(less)
First of all a thank you to Lynda Weinman, Lynda of lynda.com for giving every single one of the company's employees a copy of this book over the hol...more
First of all a thank you to Lynda Weinman, Lynda of lynda.com for giving every single one of the company's employees a copy of this book over the holidays. Books make the best gifts and when I start a job and first thing they hand me is a stack of free books I know I've landed in the right place.
You have heard of Salman Khan the creator of the Khan Academy and this book published by TwelveBooks serve as an introduction to his story and his thoughts or manifesto on learning. I was inspired by this book. Sal started out tutoring one student--his cousin Nadia and before he knew it he was spending his spare time tutoring more family members. He was very good at it. And from there his teaching starts to spread, his ideas start to catch on and now he is on a mission to create a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
I could relate to Nada's issue. She had missed one important concept and that put her on a lesser school track. When I was a freshman in high school in my first Algebra class--maybe I was talking...maybe I was sleeping... but I missed something important. That semester I received my first ever D! My teacher told my mother I was lazy and she needed to take my television and music away from me. (I knew the woman hated me! And yeah I was probably too busy talking.) From then on I was put in the more basic math--not the college prep and I had to repeat the semester in order to change my grade for college transcripts. The next semester when I took the class, I took the textbook and studied on my own. Then it clicked and I spent the rest of semester doing my homework during lectures. This time I received an A.
And I do owe a big apology to my older brother the engineer who didn't talk alot in class and studied harder. He actually tried to sit down and teach Khan-style concepts before I received my D. At the time I just wanted to learn how to do my homework, I didn't want to learn the concepts he attempted teach me. C'mon I had Brady Brunch re-runs to watch! Luckily he seems to have had a better student in my niece.
I like what Salman has to say about learning--covering the basics and practicing until you can prove you've got it to move on, and to also move at your own speed. Okay--you got me. The guy speaks my language. After all my career has been all about learning--first in creating how-to technology books to self-paced elearning, ILT courseware to certs and now in online video training. Not ironically, a career that has also called on my "talking" skills so there Algebra teacher! Technology loves self-learners and there is plenty to learn. This book did make me think about what concepts are basic and essential for the business technology subjects I cover.
I've also spent a lot of time on Khan Academy the past few days. I always regretted that I never really made it past basic Algebra and Geometry. I thought it was because I hated math, but the fact is I've loved puzzles. I've done quilting which requires a lot of math. And I use data analysis and statistics regularly to uncover business insights. So I'm going back to the basics--starting at the beginning just like Salman Khan suggests (and how can you not respect someone that Bill Gates says is his favorite teacher!). His site also has Science, Art History and more. Stuff I want to learn.
I have read the book 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris a number of times because it has some good tips in it about being effectively productive. But...moreI have read the book 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris a number of times because it has some good tips in it about being effectively productive. But it is also not a very practical book--for instance, I'm not planning on quitting my job anytime soon to take up Argentinean dance nor do I want to completely outsource my life. I also don't have the luxury of focusing completely on one to two things at the expense of everything else I have in my life (like my child). I've read a number of his other books, I'm still a fan, but I regard him as bit of a flim-flam man or a snake oil salesman. His own attention span is short and his work (and writing) is somewhat sloppy, so I continue to dip into his works looking for little nuggets that help.
I am also not a believer in David Allen's Getting Things Done. Blech. Any time I've tried his system I end up with a todo list that is a mile long and so overwhelming as to not be effective at all.
Over the years I've cobbled my own system by setting my goals and priorities ala Covey's First Things First, and a bit of the Pomodoro method thrown in, with a smaller focused "three things that have to be done today" todo list.
Now comes Robertt C. Pozen's book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results and Reduce Your Hours. As someone who has read every productivity book out there, this one is a winner. In some ways, Pozen even has some of the same ideas as Ferris...such as excusing yourself from pointless meetings or focusing your talents toward the 20% of Pareto's law for maximum return. But Pozen isn't a snake oil salesman--he is someone extremely accomplished--Harvard Business School Professor, Chairman at Fidelity, maker of Public Policy...and author of numerous books. He is very practical and his productivity is so that he can accomplish more and do it effectively. He also doesn't have you create endless todo lists. I like his focus on figuring out what you do best, do it, and delegating the rest.
I like this book very much--he spends the requisite amount of time on setting goals and priorities, but then the rest of the book has specifics...like how to read faster and how to write more effectively, then there are chapters that have great advice for planning your overall career. I also liked that Pozen addresses the homefront as well as career finding yourself a stay-at-home spouse or a quality support system. And for someone that you might expect to be a bit old-school, I like that Pozen has embraced the flexible workplace.(less)
So annoyed B&N. I bought the book Classy: Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady and Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Mod...moreSo annoyed B&N. I bought the book Classy: Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady and Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady because they were next to each other on a display table. I read Classy a few months back and reviewed it. I started Very Classy, and realized that it seemed very familiar, and then noticed on the cover that it was an Expanded edition to Classy. Boo B&N and boo to the publisher Razerbill for not calling it what it is-- a second edition. (less)
In dealing with my mother's recent decline, this book recommended by my colleague Sharon was a godsend.
New York Times journalist and blogger Jane Gro...moreIn dealing with my mother's recent decline, this book recommended by my colleague Sharon was a godsend.
New York Times journalist and blogger Jane Gross describes the long slow process of her own mother's decline and both good and bad decisions made along the way. The book is packed with helpful advice and by reading it you gain a good view of what is fracked up with our health and government systems for dealing with the elderly.
Wondering if your mother or father are starting a decline? Did you know that a simple test--can they rise from a chair without holding on to anything is a good indicator that they are on the way down? I know! And you'll find this and more in the pages here. (less)