Monthly Archives: August 2012

Navigating Distraction Land, Focusing on My Top Priorities

For extended periods of time, I have felt overwhelmed by the bombardment of information that comes my way on a 24/7 basis. E-mails…voice mails…text messages…Tweets…ongoing dialogues on Facebook, forums, blogs, e-subscriptions of blogs, newsletters, offers—and those are only the usual…

Wise Words from Brad Duncan: Add to Your Life, By Subtraction

With each passing day, it seems, there’s a new opportunity to add to my life: join this club, sign up for that cause, get the kids enrolled in another activity. Of course, all of these opportunities come on top of…

Exposing Anna Banana, Fiction Behind ‘Married To An Ambot’

One of the sad facts about the world today is that being outrageously negative and inappropriate can prove to be a quick and easy path to attracting attention. This is especially true on the Internet, and it’s certainly true of…

All Amway Products Are a Rip-Off

For some time now, one of my 9-year-old son’s recurring observations as we shop has been, “That’s a rip-off!” It’s occurred more than a few times at Whole Foods Market, where we do most of our grocery shopping. Fortunately, he’s…

Geeky Family

We were at the store last weekend, and my kids were so excited when I randomly found these flash cards. This morning, I found my daughter on the couch studying, seriously studying, the maps of the world. Earlier this week,…

`Pigs Don’t Know Pigs Stink’ Endures As Lesson on Teachability

“Pigs Don’t Know Pigs Stink.” When I first heard that phrase, it was a revelation. Over 30 years ago, Dave Severn gave a talk by that name. He and his wife, Jan, had just attained the Diamond level in the…

From Ashes of Colorado Fires, Danzik Family Grows Stronger

Here in my hometown of Chicago, our history is defined by the number 1871. That was the year of the Great Chicago Fire, which was supposedly started by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. Out of the trauma of that three-day blaze, Chicago…

Architectural River Tour Helps Chicago History Come to Life

Until a few days ago, I had always regarded downtown Chicago’s architecture as little more than a bunch of big buildings. Some I had been inside, most—including, remarkably enough, the Sears Tower*—I had not. Then, in celebration of our recent…

Persevering Beyond Divorce: Leslie Wolgamott Moves Forward

I was at a family reunion a few weeks ago, honoring the life of one of my uncles who passed away earlier this year. It had been eight years since I’d seen many of my cousins and other relatives, and…

Amway’s `Life Is Short’ Video: A Sweet Look at Nutrilite, XS Energy

I came across this video today, profiling Nutrilite supplements and XS Energy Drinks, and appreciated the creative storyline and overall production value. Southern Cali folks will especially relate to it, though I recommend it as a worthwhile 85-second investment of…