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Category Archives: Books

Footnotes and Footnote Free (if only….)

I’ll just come out and say that I’m not a big fan of footnotes. I groan every time I’m reading a book and I come across that little number at the end of a sentence. It means that I either have to disrupt my reading and look at the bottom of the page for the footnote, or I end up losing my place in the book entirely as I try to find that daggone note hidden somewhere in the pages… Continue Reading

Corporations want Linchpins?

I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s book, Linchpin, this weekend and I’ve mostly been enjoying it. A linchpin is an indispensable, creative, artistic, original thinker, who isn’t willing to follow the rules. Supposedly, corporations want linchpins. I disagree. I’m about two thirds through the book, and this concept of corporations wanting linchpins is really the only major thing bothering me about the book so far. I agree with the idea that the world of workers as factory cogs is dying, that… Continue Reading

So for the next episode of Google prison break….

I’ve been reading this book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, by Pamela Slim, and I also subscribe to her blog by the same name. She helps people get away from corporate jobs and start businesses of their own. Today, she posted a video of the presentation she made to Google employees at the beginning of August that she titled Career in the Era of the Side Hustle. Now remember, this is a lady who helps people escape from their corporate jobs,… Continue Reading

Just a regular guy…or a millionaire

I’m finally reading The Millionaire Next Door, a book that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time but just never got to it before now for whatever reason. A main premise of the book is that millionaires can be pretty hard to spot because they aren’t necessarily the same people who live in expensive houses and drive luxury cars. The authors have studied how people become wealthy and have discovered that fewer than 20 percent of Americans have inherited 10 percent or… Continue Reading

Is there a 12-step program for Goodreads?

Those of you who know me pretty well know that I can’t go for even a day without reading something, somewhere, and usually have some sort of book stashed nearby, if not physically attached to my person. Family may remember how I’d bring a book to practically every family event. Some kids had security blankets like Linus Van Pelt. I had my book. I even took one into Walmart on Friday in case I had to wait in line during… Continue Reading