Turn Off Cable News. Listen to StoryCorps Instead.

Media companies need to get and keep our attention. The more people they can attract, and the longer they can hold them, the more money they can make from ads. Cable news channels, on air 24×7, know that a cheap way to maintain our attention is to make us angry and scared. A tried and true tool in their arsenal is to show people shouting at each other. Turn off the TV and use the time you save to do something useful. Or better yet, just listen to NPR’s StoryCorps. It will put you in a far better state of mind, enhancing your ability to do things that will have a positive impact on your life, not to mention the lives of people you care about. I’ve embedded a clip in this post of a father and daughter, who are on opposite ends of a political divide, having a badly-needed conversation. … More Turn Off Cable News. Listen to StoryCorps Instead.

I didn’t “reach out.” I sent a fricken email!

Sprechen sie coporatisch?

As a business associate recently told me, “We reached out to him because we’ve been reaching out to everyone over there… blah blah blah… OK, I’ll wait until you try reaching out again. If he doesn’t get back to you, I’ll reach out to him.” It not only bugs me that “reach out” is a trendy term, but it also never goes away. In other words, it’s a stale trendy term. It also reminds me of “reach around,” which of course makes me think of that scene from Full Metal Jacket. … More I didn’t “reach out.” I sent a fricken email!

Be Better Informed: Stop Reading & Posting Garbage News on Facebook

I want to read about the new baby, see pics from the mommy-daughter trip, congratulate you on your new job, learn about the contest your kid won, share your sweet memories of loved ones, and cheer when your little guy or girl scores a goal. I’m less interested in reading a torrent of sensational headlines that confirm your preexisting condition…oops, I mean political bias. If you want to tell me your opinion, that’s fine. I don’t mind knowing. I might even join your side if I’m not already on it. But can you stop with the darn click bait on Facebook? … More Be Better Informed: Stop Reading & Posting Garbage News on Facebook