Top 3 on Travel: the beginning of There and Back Again

Plans that are not set in stone, giving us the flexibility to discover hidden gems. It’s the journey, the experience, more so than the destination. *This quote is often (mis?)attributed to Mark Twain but QI tells us it is likely by H. Jackson Brown. These three quotes are part of our code, or rather, guidelines, … Continue reading Top 3 on Travel: the beginning of There and Back Again

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List of top everyday things that originated in … Say What?!

We expect our commonplace customs and sayings to come to us from ancient bards’ compositions, from the wisdom of scientists who had apples fall on their heads, from the inspiring philosophies of statespeople who saved the world.  It turns out that many every-day “things” came to us from … ad campaigns.  Say what?!   Let’s start … Continue reading List of top everyday things that originated in … Say What?!

A (Different) Top 10 movies for the Holidays

We go by the Costco calendar. What does that mean? As you can see in the photo to the right taken at our local Costco, it means the holiday season is upon us. Yes, our neighbors are just starting to get their Halloween decorations out (they're available at Costco, too :)), but for us it's … Continue reading A (Different) Top 10 movies for the Holidays

Do you need a chuckle or two? Hidden Gems: 3 funny, laugh-out-loud (!) tv comedies

I’m always on the lookout for a funny comedy. It’s become necessary to qualify the laughter-worthy comedies with “funny”. When’s the last time you literally laughed out loud when watching a show? We sometimes watch shows and wonder: what did the producers think was going to happen? But sometimes you discover a gem, one that … Continue reading Do you need a chuckle or two? Hidden Gems: 3 funny, laugh-out-loud (!) tv comedies

When is less… less, not more? Or, Why do we seek consensus?

Forestwood asked a very thought-provoking question: why do we seek consensus?   Merriam-Webster defines a consensus to be a “general agreement”.  Sounds benign. Perhaps like the right thing to do. But following many (many) years in a large corporation, I agree with the following definition of consensus: The image behind the quote is that of … Continue reading When is less… less, not more? Or, Why do we seek consensus?

How do you know when TOO much is TOO much?

After poking fun with 3 simple quotes, at the nay-sayers, the ones who prefer the status quo, who don't want to risk what they already have, the opposite question naturally comes up. When is it TOO much risk? The best answer I heard of how do you know when you cross the line is as … Continue reading How do you know when TOO much is TOO much?

What’s (Im)possible? Unleash the Inner Quote Kraken!

A thought provoking post of quotes on thinking unleased my inner quote-kraken, and reminded me of a bunch of (now) funny (?) quotes used to (try to) kill new ideas.  Like the focus group video below --- I won’t destroy the punchline with a long description, it’s less than two minutes, worth the watch, audio … Continue reading What’s (Im)possible? Unleash the Inner Quote Kraken!