“For every tired, overworked, bitter parent who tells you how much you won’t get done when you have kids, there’s a parent like John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, who talks about cradling his son in one arm, and picking out melodies on the piano with the other. Or George Saunders, who stole time from his office job for seven years to write the stories that would become CivilWarLand In Bad Decline. Or any number of moms and dads who make it work and make the work. They are out there. Find them. Hang out with them. Ask them how they do it. Let them be your role models.”
– Noon Pacific releases a weekly mixtape of the best music – every Monday at noon, Pacific time.
– Tattly Does Good: 80% of this Electric Guitar Tattly design by Julia Rothman will go directly to VH1 Save the Music Foundation, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools.
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How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children. It is filled with illustrations by Jan Van Der Veke, available in English and in German. I will totally get this for my kids.
We don’t celebrate stopping things, changing our paths, or our minds. Just the opposite. We celebrate finishing things. In our race to finish–in our race to win–we underestimate the benefits of stopping. In this talk, Liz Danzico puts quitting under the microscope and consider its fringe benefits.
I applaud companies that have grown to a sizable employee count but don’t lose their human touch. After all, a company is nothing other than a living breathing organism made out of humans. So why is it, that employees in BIG companies seem to lose all common sense and make decisions that hurt the business in the end?
I recently called Time Warner Cable and told them I would like to terminate our internet service as we are being evicted from our office building (it’s going residential) and the new building we’re moving into doesn’t offer their service. What happened was baffling: Their response was that I have to pay a $900 early termination fee for Tattly and CreativeMornings each.
Completely stunned at the absurdity of this, I tried to talk to a customer support, kindly explaining that this makes absolute no sense. We are moving to a location that DOESN’T offer their service. Why would we be punished for that?
All I got was: “There’s nothing I can do!”
If I would have been on the other side of that call, my soul would have shriveled up and died. I in fact feel for the Time Warner employee that wasn’t able to do the right thing.
Do you run a company? Do you make sure your employees have the power to do the right thing? I will make sure mine do.
Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.