Game Theory

In college-level psychology courses, one of the fun things you get to do is train mice. In addition to being easy, training mice helps you learn a lot about behavior generally and rewards and punishments specifically. Someone should write a book on training mice for kids. It’s simple. An 8 year old that can learn […]

Making Lemonade is a Lifestyle Choice

“Stuff” happens in life. You can make yourself miserable and dive into the well of dispair, or you can pick up the lemons and start making lemonade.

Life Happens – Remember the Big Picture

Sometimes we let life get ahead of us. We find ourselves responding to the moment instead of keeping track of our own long-term vision about life. Unfortunately, I have rheumatoid arthritis, an immune disorder in which the body attacks the joints. Fortunately for me, I just passed my tenth anniversary with this disease. Fall of […]

A Few Words of Encouragement In Tough Times

One of the elements of a “defining event” in history is that millions of people share some experience in common. Unfortunately, we’re having one of those moments now. The economic turmoil in the U.S., and around the world, is truly unprecedented. And while it was caused by a very small band of people (a small […]

Keep Your Eyes Open for Watershed Events

Did you ever have one of those days when something “hits you?” You know it’s been coming for a long time, but it didn’t hit you until today. These are the little pieces of our lives we need to hold on to and remember. Today I made my way to the airport so I could […]

Roles and Activities

Translating your personal mission into your daily life. In earlier posts (December, January), we discussed values and principles. They are literally the foundation for your goals. From this base we built a vision or mission statement. Here’s the hierarchy: The obvious next question is, How do you translate your personal mission into your daily life? […]

Smell the Roses — or Pay the Price

My low-maintenance hobby is gardening. By low-maintenance I mean that I can do it when I feel like it and ignore it when I’ve got other things to do. Sit down for this statistic. I don’t have a large yard. We’ve been in this house for five years. I’ve spent more than $30,000 to create […]