At the beginning of 2008, I made one resolution. I was going to read more stories. I always wanted to have at least one work of fiction or a biography/memoir going. Pat me on the back, because I was successful.
With every visit to an online or virtual bookstore, I am overwhelmed with all that I want to read.… Read more▹
I know we have a few days of ’08 left, but I don’t think I’m going to be finishing any more books this year. So…it’s time for post I always look forward to — my favorite books of 2008. (Previous years: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
It’s a good exercise to review my reading list.… Read more▹
When our oldest daughter turned five, we gave her money to loan on Kiva to begin teaching her about poverty and generosity. Her first loan was to a woman named Nkechi to help buy supplies for her paint shop in Nigeria.
A few months ago, I posted about a writing house that author Michael Pollan had built for himself. Along the same lines comes this video of a Private Library designed and built for a writer on Long Island:
This is a guest post by Tom Borowski. Tom is the owner of macsteps, where you can find tutorials, reviews and tips for Mac OS X and Mac software. You can also follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/macsteps.
There’s something about note taking and data collection apps on the Mac that makes me want to have every one of them.… Read more▹
In my church planting journey, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in at least four different church planting boot camps. They were put on by four different organizations, so I feel like I’ve been around the block a little.
I’ve never really jumped on the Seth Godin bandwagon. I read one of his books a few years ago, and though it was good, it seemed like a lot of common sense. Since then, I’ve just found plenty of other books that were worth my time.
For quite some time, I’ve had good intentions to write a post about trying to eliminate due dates from my task list, and only use start dates. My dream task list would be so short that it would only show the things I need to work on over the next few days, and due dates wouldn’t be necessary.… Read more▹
It’s been about five months since we moved into our house in Austin, and about three months since we first started gathering people together to form Austin Mustard Seed. I’m often asked how things are going via email, iChat and phone calls, so I thought it would be good just wrap together some reflections on our time so far.… Read more▹
Over the last few weeks, I read through The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. The book didn’t live up to some of the hopes I had for it, but the end brought an insight that made me glad I stuck with the book.
Borg and Crossan ended the book by looking ahead at the “end times”.… Read more▹
I’m learning that I have two different operating modes when it come to productivity. The first is GTD — getting things done — mode. This happens when I am cranking through my tasks list, responding to emails or making calls. There is great satisfaction in seeing my to-do list dwindle, and I can feel stress lifting even as I am engaged in GTD mode.… Read more▹
When I’m designing, I can listen to just about anything, whether it be a podcast or whatever music I’m in the mood for. If I’m doing just about anything else, the playlist is shorter. If I’m reading, writing, or just working through some ideas, I need to listen to music that doesn’t have any lyrics (unless they happen to be in Hopelandic).… Read more▹