Problem Solvers Survive

Another motivator, courtesy of Aesop's Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher: "A Crow perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When she reached it, she discovered to her grief that it contained so little water that she could not possibly get at it. The Crow tried everything she could think of to reach the water, but all her efforts were in … [Read more...]

The Mouse and the Bull

This week's Monday Motivator is the tale of The Mouse and the Bull from Aesop's Fables: A Bull was bitten by a Mouse and, angered by the wound, tried to capture him. But the Mouse reached his hole in safety. Though the Bull dug into the walls with his horns, he tired before he could rout out the Mouse, and crouching down went to sleep outside the hole. The mouse peeped out, crept furtively up … [Read more...]

A Cat in Gloves

A cat in gloves catches no mice. -- Ben Franklin from an issue of Poor Richard's Almanack. This may be my favorite of all the aphorisms compiled and published by Ben in Poor Richard's Almanack. And, thusly: "A cat in gloves catches no mice" marks the launch of a new Monday feature on The Ben Franklin Follies — The Monday Motivator. Look for this post each Monday between 6 and 8 a.m. One reason … [Read more...]

Helen Keller Inspires

Today's Sunday Sign is a quote from Helen Keller. Runners in the Helen Keller Festival 5-mile run passed by this school sign near the halfway point of the June 2010 race. The message provided a nice boost to my spirit as I ran past that very hot, humid morning. A few days later, I drove by with my camera and snapped several pictures of the sign. Helen Keller's words remind us that we can … [Read more...]

I Don’t Eat Fast Food

I don't eat fast food.  To be more accurate, I should say I no longer eat food that comes from fast food restaurants. People look at me like I'm from Mars when I say this. Actually, I'm from Venus, but that's a different matter. I don't find my dislike of fast food to be at all peculiar. I was never a huge consumer of fast food, as you'll see below. Like every other working person in America I … [Read more...]

Patience, Grasshopper

We cannot know the future. And we must not fear the unknown. But we must listen and, through wisdom, seek to discern and understand. We often have to make choices with incomplete information. Major decisions usually involve the greatest degree of uncertainty. But we must trust that the ethical decision is the correct decision. In the end, integrity trumps rational, economic … [Read more...]

Alabama Social Media Association: The Junto for Social Media

Earlier this year, several of my friends and professional acquaintances recognized the need for a professional organization committed to sharing knowledge and best practices in the realm of social media for business and nonprofit purposes. They showed initiative and established the Alabama Social Media Association, Inc., or ALsocme, for short. One of Benjamin Franklin's greatest contributions to … [Read more...]

On Running: When A Turtle Soars

I ran the Helen Keller Festival 5-Mile Run last Saturday (June 25, 2011). I finished 138th out of 183 runners. I've always been a turtle, even in my youngest running days. I ran in my first Helen Keller Festival Run back in the early 1980s. I don't recall the distance in the early years, but it's been a 5-mile run for a while now. I missed quite a few years from the mid-90s until I made my return … [Read more...]

The foundation for productivity

This month, the Carnival of Journalism topic is "LifeHacks." Specifically, the question asks: What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively? Although I use a lot of cutting edge tech tools, platforms and apps, in my work and personal life, when it comes to improving productivity and completing … [Read more...]

Playing in the Dirt: It’s Good Therapy

Saturday evening I played in the dirt. More precisely, I dug Bermuda grass and weeds from a couple of small sections of my flower gardens. It was just the therapy I needed to deal with a bad case of melancholy that had set in earlier in the day. The simple act of pulling weeds and planting flowers reminded me of someone who created so much beauty in spite of her circumstances. I didn't sleep … [Read more...]