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Fathers and Sons

By Ivan Turgenev, Modern Library New York, @ 1961 for the English translation by Bernard Guilbert Guerney; first published in 1862, 281 pages.

I don’t know what it is, but if someone tells me to read a book or an author, I automatically resist. The more they rave, the more I resist. So way back when, I asked someone to make a list of must-read Russian authors, and Turgenev was on this list. I…

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Forget New York This Fall, Visit Siberia

Forget New York This Fall, Visit Siberia

In my last blog post, I glibly suggested that we all visit New York City this fall to attend the ceremony celebrating a street named in the honor of Sergei Dovlatov.

That being suggested, I would now like to glibly suggest that we abandon that idea and instead visit Siberia to listen to the very much alive and kicking rock group, DDT in Siberia. I mean, given the choice, what would Dovlatov do?


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Sergei Dovlatov Way—A Reason to Visit New York This Fall

Sergei Dovlatov Way—A Reason to Visit New York This Fall

Somehow I got in on signing a petition to name an American street after the Soviet emigre writer Sergei Dovlatov. I am very pleased to say that a street in New York City has been approved to be named in his honor. This is pretty cool. I only became aware of this author’s existence a couple of years ago, but since then I have found his voice so strong and clear, so inspiring, so down to earth, so…

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Re-Awaken the Giant Within

Re-Awaken the Giant Within

By Anthony Robbins, e-book

I came across this book Friday when I was surfing for a book that I hoped could help me change my thinking, my thought patterns—because clearly what I’ve been doing isn’t working.

Friday, I had one coworker lie to my face and another actually apologize to me. These two guys have been putting me through the wringer on a regular basis, and while I’m trying to stay strong,…

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Vacant meditation
an easy ritual from youth
lost now in adulthood
vaguely remembered
as dogs are barking
a truck rattles down the street
joins the murmur on Speedway
like ocean waves breaking
silence interrupts
the barking dogs
and thoughts of you.

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Basic Human Needs (after the essentials)

Basic Human Needs (after the essentials)

1) Significance (feeling we matter)
2) Certainty (safety, security)
3) Uncertainty (variety, surprise)
4) Connection (with others)
5) Growth (moving forward, progress)
6) Contribution (making a difference, adding)

The idea is that if any three of these are present, a habit can become addictive. Something to think about.

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7 Tools to Reboot your life - TED Talk

7 Tools to Reboot your life – TED Talk

I don’t want to disappear from the blogging scene, but lately I’ve been so busy 1) trying to get my work done (very exciting these days), 2) trying to figure out how to better control my thoughts and emotions, and 3) pondering whether or not to dismantle my life.

My work life has been so completely consuming that I actually stopped the preparations I was making to sell my house.

Then—suddenly, I…

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

By Simon Sinek; Portfolio Penguin, @2014; 244 pages.

If I only had three words to use to write this post, they would be:

Read this book!

But since I have more…

Oh my goodness have I been struggling lately. I wound up in HR about three weeks ago with a choice to make: work things out or leave.

There was a pregnant pause. What to do? and why.

It was at that moment that my HR adviser offered me…

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Watch film featuring scenes from my town

Watch film featuring scenes from my town

The short film that I’ve been working on is now complete. Check out the film and please vote for it if you like it at:

Screen Capture of the Painted

What makes one person love another? How do you figure into the picture of someone else’s life? In this short film, beautiful Sophie is plagued by low self-esteem. When she falls desperately in love with an intriguing painter, she is…

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Please view and vote for “The Painted” now online!

Please view and vote for “The Painted” now online!

The short film that I’ve been working on with Davi Silveira, Joleen Laue, Kimberly Tolson, and Jenna Scott along with several others has been accepted into the RODE Reel 2014 Competition. This was a project we started back in March and completed a couple of days ago. Check it out online and please vote for it if you like it. Thanks to everyone who worked on it. I can’t believe we did it!

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