Tag Archives: attention

June 6, 2013: The Not-Even-Ready for Bumper-Sticker Philosophy

Brought to you by Blah, Blah, Blah, a division of Book-in-a-Drawer Publications. Trademarked, copyrighted, imprinted, branded, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Take away an army’s boots and you have crippled them. Author In war, when it comes to the need for “boots on the ground,” bare feet on the ground just won’t work—it’s a bit hard to […]

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May 12, 2013: The Not-Even-Ready for Bumper-Sticker Philosophy

Brought to you by Blah, Blah, Blah, a division of Book-in-a-Drawer Publications. Trademarked, copyrighted, imprinted, branded, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. May 12, 2013: Mother’s Day Father’s may not know, offspring may wonder, but a mother always knows the child is hers. Author Such knowing is the purview of motherhood and the basis for a bond that […]

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April 21, 2013: The Not-Even-Ready for Bumper-Sticker Philosophy

Brought to you by Blah, Blah, Blah, a division of Book-in-a-Drawer Publications. Trademarked, copyrighted, imprinted, branded, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The trick of the “devil” is for each of us to grow tired and to feel put upon. Author And it’s easy to fall into. Relationships, work, driving, traveling—anything that demands our attention. I heard recently […]

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October 1, 2012: Personal Sabotage

On the surface, sabotage sounds unidirectional and that direction is all bad. However, what if there was an underlying silver lining when we sabotage ourselves? Let’s start with asking if personal sabotage is necessary. I’m thinking such sabotage doesn’t kick-in unless it’s a facet of required change. Even the word “required” is a bit suspect, […]

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Group Sabotage

Sabotage is not just a personal undertaking, but one that can involve a group of folks, like the gathering-of-idiots example in the bit on personal sabotage written previously. And again, like personal sabotage, group sabotage could actually be a guiding light—a wake-up call that the body-whatever is wandering off trail. In writing this, I’m not […]

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eThoughts : Wild Boar in a Tree

We were on an eight-mile, round trip hike to Hanakapiai Falls—a rugged hike if not a long one. We had to cross the river at least three times in each direction, slogging through mud, over trails that disappeared, traipsing along slippery rocks, having to use our hands in numerous places to hoist ourselves up or […]

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eThoughts : February 1. 2012: Consequences, Part I

60 Minutes can be an interesting television program. Recently there was the story about Leon Panetta, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense. A good story and a hard man not to like. But I took umbrage with his telling families who have lost a loved one in war that their son or daughter will not be […]

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eThoughts : December 1, 2011: Holiday Thoughts, Part I

Resentment may not be a wonderful holiday thought, but resentment is definitely a holiday sentiment. Interesting. And the motivation for resentment? Perhaps it’s because we already feel so pushed around that anything constituting another obligation is bound to be met with resentment. If we were not so overwhelmed, we might feel a bit better about […]

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eThoughts : Keeping One’s Head Down and One’s Attention Up

Brought to you by Theater of the Mind,™ a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ Sometimes it may seem like all I write about is a form of lament. Actually, my natural pattern is this grin—it’s all really pretty funny. It’s like the mother lode of comedy “out there” or “in here” what with humans running around […]

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eThoughts : June 1, 2011: Reality-Making: Is Our Notion of Time in the Way?

Brought to you by, Knucklehead Philosophy,™ a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ All of these differing human attentions are a bit like the stories of leprechauns or ghosts intersecting with humans and how what we think are realities are only partially true. In other words, such stories are about puncturing our ideas (or other entities’ ideas) […]

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eThoughts : Leadership and Awareness: Who or What is in Charge?

Do you know why we like babies? They’re innocent, as in not running the world through their experience. Do not get me wrong, babies are not born with a blank slate—a tabula rasa—they are born with personalities, and hence with certain predilections. Babies clearly influence their learning. However, as babies, their predilections are not their […]

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eThoughts : September 1, 2010: Leadership and Intimacy

I read many years ago that managers try to do things right and leaders try to do the right thing. I’ll take that as those who manage try to follow established guidelines and those who lead try to create new and appropriate guidelines. It is my thought as well, that leaders are simply those who […]

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eThoughts : June 1, 2009: To-Do-List Alphas and Evolution

This is the time of year for me—actually this occurs twice a year—in which my to-do list is running the show. I put up with it because I know it’s temporary. But the older I get, the more I suspect that “knowledge” is a bit of trickery. I work in academics, the supposed vehicle in […]

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eThoughts : More about Wanderlust

I celebrated my 25th birthday at the base of the Matterhorn that summer of 1972. I told no one and it was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. It had been a journey to get there. I had eschewed a business, a marriage, and college. I knew that I needed to get out […]

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eThoughts : May 1, 2008: Our Yes and Our No, Part I

I’ve been reading and thinking a bit about 1968. There is no question that it was a tumultuous year—riots, war, assassinations, circling the moon, weird elections, etc. Some are saying that it was the year that shaped who we are. Okay, it was a seminal year, even if there have been many years before it […]

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eThoughts : Entertainment and Information

I deal in information, and entertainment—well, sometimes, this stuff may be neither. Nonetheless, both can and do go together very nicely. After all, if I cannot capture the attention of students, I often cannot get their attention, which is what they are in school to practice—even if they think they’re only there to increase future […]

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eThoughts : What is the Truth Again?

So what about the truth? What is it? I was recently engaged in a conversation that seemed to turn into a miscommunication. This kind of thing is not particular to me, it happens to us all. My take was the problem had to do with interpretation (one of us, both of us—I’m not sure). So […]

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