Archive for August, 2016

The End of August!

August 31, 2016

Well, September is right around the corner, so here is a nice instrumental reflective piece to celebrate “The End of August” courtesy of Yanni.  Enjoy!

Sunset on the Bay!

August 30, 2016

Bishop Sunset on the BayHere is a real gem of a painting that I received as a gift from my brother and his wife last December, thank you Andrew and Myra.  And it is absolutely true what the proverb says about good things come in small packages.  This miniature original oil painting (4″x 4″) is truly delightful (my phone camera certainly does not do it justice).  The artist: Lindy Bishop (an artist in the Traverse City, Michigan area); the title: Sunset on the Bay; the medium: oil; the enjoyment: ongoing.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Five!

August 29, 2016

Happy Monday!  “During the season of winter colds, our concerts were punctuated with annoying emunctory activity.”


\ ih-muhngk-tuh-ree \, noun;

1.  a part or organ of the body, as the skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products.
2.  excretory (of the blowing of the nose).
Source: and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Your Risk of Stroke!

August 28, 2016

Interestingly enough, the states with the lowest stroke mortality rate (for 2014) seem to be clustered predominantly in the northeast United States, while the states with the highest rate are clustered predominantly in the south.  Hmm, very curious indeed.  These are the number of deaths per 100,000 people based on information obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics.  Here are the top ten and the bottom ten.  Yikes, Oklahoma is in the grouping with the highest rates of stroke!

Lowest rates
1. Rhode Island (25.6)
2. New York (26.1)
3. Connecticut (26.3)
4. New Mexico (28.3)
5. Massachusetts (28.7)
6. New Hampshire (28.9)
7. Wyoming (30.2)
8. New Jersey (31.4)
9. Vermont (31.7)
10. Hawaii (32.3)

Highest rates
1. Mississippi (48.8)
2. Alabama (48.3)
3. Tennessee (45.8)
4. Louisiana (45.6)
5. Arkansas (45.4)
6. West Virginia (45.3)
7. South Carolina (44.2)
8. Oklahoma (43.0)
8. North Carolina (43.0)
10. Georgia (42.6)

Source: AARP Bulletin, Databank USA, July-August 2016, p. 40 (National Center for Health Statistics).

Be Bad First!

August 27, 2016

This is the title of a book by Erika Andersen who was the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Special Libraries Association Annual Conference.  The subtitle of the book is “Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future.”  Erika provided an excellent keynote by explaining the new need to learn and to get to the “mastery” stage  as quickly as possible. She identified four skills of mastery:

  • Aspiration — wanting something you don’t currently have.
  • Neutral self-awareness — knowing where you’re starting from and understanding your strengths and weaknesses (in an unbiased way)
  • Endless curiosity — explore and explain, understand and master.
  • Willingness to be bad first — we must be able to embrace the return to the “novice” stage as we learn new things.

Great food for thought.  Time to continue learning new things!

The Job Interview!

August 26, 2016

This joke is actually a good example of knowing your market and tempering your expectations!   Enjoy!

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

“And what starting salary are you looking for?”

The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?”

The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?”

The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”


Rhapsody From a Police Car!

August 25, 2016

What do you get when you combine an intoxicated person, a ride in a police car, and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody?  A rather unique a capella rendition of this classic song. Thank you Robert Wilkinson!  Not the best rendition I’ve heard, but very entertaining.


August 24, 2016

Have you ever found yourself reusing a quotation from a movie?  For example: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” [Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone With The Wind].  Well, I do it all the time (circumstances permitting).  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” [General Maximus (Russell Crowe), Gladiator, 2000]

“Tomorrow is promised to no one.” [Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood), Absolute Power, 1997]

President Asher (Aaron Eckhart): “What are you made of?”
Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler): “Bourbon and poor choices.”
[London Has Fallen, 2016]

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” [Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), Jaws, 1975]

John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “How are you feeling?”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Fine.”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Fine, do you know what ‘fine’ stands for?”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Yeah, unfortunately.”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Freaked out . . . ”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Insecure . . . ”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Neurotic . . . ”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “and Emotional.”
[The Italian Job, 2003]

“You hurt me, I hurt you worse.”  [Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner), Criminal 2016]

“Let’s see if we can’t buy the world another day.” [Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales (Gregory Gadson), Battleship, 2012]

Infographics 101!

August 23, 2016

Have you ever thought of creating your own infographic?  Well, here is an infographic that might just be a great starting point for your learning curve that will have you creating your own content in no time at all.

Create Your Own Infographic

And Now, a Little Criticism!

August 22, 2016

Happy Monday!  It would seem that no one likes a critic (or likes to be criticized), yet everyone seems to constantly be quick to criticize.  So, as I was perusing my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate I ran across all of these other ways to say “criticize.”  Enjoy!

Source: and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.