I love Kindle

I love my Kindle. Of course I would rather have an iPad Mini, but I can’t afford one just yet. So in the meantime, I was able to pick up a Kindle Fire, not the latest HD version, but the one that was released in 2011. I got it just before Christmas for $129. My parents, however, got the HD version for Christmas! And despite their ages (79 and 81), they are adjusting nicely to the ease of downloading books in seconds, the touch screen, and not having to hold a heavy book with arms that don’t work like they used to. I love the possibility that the Kindle can read to me. OK, I have cases full of books, and I did do the work for three degrees (so I know how to read). But at times I have trouble focusing (think of the dog in the movie, UP–“Squirrel!”), so having the text read as I follow along is sometimes great, especially when I’m tired or feeling ADD. I can also read for awhile, then continue “reading” while doing other things (like dishes) by having the text read to me. (I have noticed this feature does not seem to be available while using the Kindle reader on other devices such as the iPhone and iPad.) While the computer-generated voice is not as nice as a recorded voice, it’s not bad. I just got back from the first trip with my Kindle. How cool it was to travel lighter yet have access to loads of reading materials, including books, web sites, and the bible. When you get a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD (the color models), you get a month of Amazon Prime, which gives you access to free TV and movie downloads, a Kindle lending library,...

Career Goals Mar21

Career Goals

“ If you don’t set goals for yourself, you’re doomed to achieve the goals of someone else.” – As cited by Dan Miller in EntreLeadership podcast, Dec 19, 2011 Miller is a life coach and the author of 48 Days to the Work you Love: Preparing for the New Normal, and No More Mondays: Fire Yourself and other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work. Both books are available in print, Kindle edition and audio....

Goals for 2013 Mar11

Goals for 2013

Link – How are you doing on your 2013 goals? I’m a big fan of financial guru, Dave Ramsey. He is the author of multiple books including the best seller, The Total Money Makeover. I listen to Dave’s radio show and audio podcasts as often as I can because it helps me keep on course to make wise financial decisions. Most of us live in cultures where the predominant messages are, “SPEND! SPEND! SPEND” Ramsey teaches God’s way (which turns out to be the best way–go figure) for handling money. Here is a short article he released titled, How to Set the Wrong Goals. Check it...

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“Only dead fish swim with the stream.”

Take the Test!

How are your finances, relationships, career, health and spiritual life? Are you growing and developing as a person? Do you feel you are stuck or have areas to work on? Click on the Take the Test! link above to conduct a personal assessment on 6 areas of your life.

They were wrong: How one guy got his grove back...

Video – You think you got it bad with challenges to overcome? Maybe you do. To get a little perspective and inspiration, watch this video about a war vet who was told me would never walk again. He proved everyone wrong....

Does God Think I’m an Idiot?

“God takes great pleasure in us living as we were meant to live; He even commands it in the Psalms: ‘Take delight in the Lord.’…Very few set out to live such a focused, beautiful life. Narrow is the way and only a few find it.” – Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith.

Are You Being True To Who You Are?

The five biggest regrets of people when they’re dying and asked what would they do differently? The #1 regret is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” – Bronnie Ware, author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.

Do Movies Make People Kill Others?...

Video- Do movies make people kill others? Mass killings are nothing new; history is full of them. But today, when unstable people unleash their mental illness and problems by killing others, we hear about it almost instantly. Cable news outlets–that have to fill 24 hours of programming every day–spend hours interviewing experts and trying to understand the insanity. And politicians try to pass new laws to prevent it from happening again. Since the beginning of the film industry and most especially television, a lot of research has been done to try to understand its effects. Do media messages make people do things? How media affects viewers was the focus of my doctoral studies, and most especially, my dissertation that looked at the positive (prosocial as opposed to antisocial) effects of media. The following interview is one I did after the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting in 2012 to contribute to the discussion on the...

Dr. Lewis Challenges Her Mind & Body...

Link – Dr. Regina Lewis has a Ph.D. in Leadership and is the Communication Department Chair at Pikes Peak Community College. She is a popular public speaker and about to release her first book, How to Raise a Prince on Food Stamps. But Dr. Lewis is not content to live without a challenge, so she been training as a body builder and entered her first contest, taking trophies home! Now she’s working on going national. Read her inspiration story here: http://www.kktv.com/blogs/headlines/FIT_LIFE__191045911.html...