Happy Secret to Better Work

Time for a favorite TED talk.  This one is funny, but thought-provoking.  We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my…

2014 in TED Talks

I’m a great TED fan.  They have a 2014 retrospective that is wonderful.  I was amazed to see how many of the presentations I had watched.  I’ve laughed, cried and been amazed by so many of the ideas that come to me, in my home, for free.  This is a wonderful time to be alive.…

Reinventing Apartment Buildings

We live in a small town (15,000 people) in the country about a 45 minute drive south of the center of our state’s largest city, Portland, Oregon (609,000 people).  We have windows in every room, with plenty of sunlight, even during our drab, dark rainy season.  When I look out my window I see trees,…

Stuttering, oh my!

I was a stutterer as a child but worked my way out of it enough that I was able to be on the high school debate team.  I once gave a speech to 1500 people.  I’m a good public speaker.  Now that I’m older, I’m finding that my mind reverts to stuttering when I’m tired…

Multislacking? Guilty!

I love words.  The English language is fascinating in its annoying complexity and diversity.  In what other language could two opposite words, like ravel and unravel, mean the same thing?  So when I saw a TED talk about what makes a word “real”, I just had to watch.  I found some great new words to…

Not Inspiring At All

How can I entice you to spend nine of your very busy minutes to meet a not inspiring person?  Perhaps telling you that it’s a good TED talk will do it.  Come meet comedian and journalist Stella Young.  Her message will turn your head around on where to look for inspiration.     Hi.  I’m…

Speechless Wonder and Gratitude

Saturday.  Time for me to recharge after a demanding week, so I’d like to share something off my bucket list with you.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “bucket list”, it’s the things that you want to experience before you leave this life.  For me, one of those things is to…