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My Life Monday: 1% Better Every Day, by James Clear

James Clear is one of my favorite bloggers. He writes a lot about habit formation, and he does the research into what works. He inspires me to do and be better. This keynote speech is about 25 minutes long, and worth it if you need a dose of practical advice for “putting in the reps.” […]

My last minute review for work: The Soul’s Code — In Search of Character & Calling by James Hillman

Let me say, first off, that I have been reading this book for some time. I haven’t felt as intimidated by a book in years. It’s a psychology book, a philosophy book, a treatise on identity, and a history of some of the world’s most famous people — artists, politicians, musicians, and scientists. It assumes […]

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Each year for my job, I set a goal to read one book per quarter on a particular topic. This year’s topic is creativity, and so far I’ve read Big Magic & A Curious Mind. This quarter I read Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, copyright 1997. Here is a […]

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, copyright 1998

When I got down to the last two books in my FOLP series, I couldn’t choose between them, so I started both. I finished Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation one day last week during my lunch break. This bestselling book about ordinary people who grew up during The Great Depression and came of age during […]

FOLP #7: The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman, copyright 2007

In a city torn apart by war and German occupation, a nearly destroyed zoo became a “Noah’s ark” to a steady stream of Jews and others attempting to escape the Nazi’s determination to cleanse the human race. Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper and his wife, dedicated years of their lives to secretly serving in […]

FOLP #6: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, copyright 2006

Don’t you love falling into a well-crafted story, losing track of time and place, of everything but the book in your hands? For the past couple days I’ve been deep inside the world created by Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale. It is not the type of book I typically read — it’s a gothic […]

FOLP #5: Being Dead is No Excuse — The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral, by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, copyright 2005

I read this humorous, recipe-filled guide about a month before we dealt with two family deaths within 36 hours. Not being in the Mississippi Delta, most of the traditions lauded by the authors were not part of the past few days. Specifically, I did not see any deviled eggs, pimento and cheese, or even casseroles. […]

FOLP #4: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

If you need a bit of inspiration or encouragement coupled with a kick in the pants, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch will do the trick. Originally a filmed lecture that became a viral sensation, the book expands on theme he touched on in his speech at Carnegie Mellon in 2007: achieving your childhood dreams. […]

FOLP: Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey, copyright 2003

I finished my second “Friends of the Library Project” book June 28. It would be easy to say a lot has changed in the world since 2003, and even more since 1997, when Dave Ramsey first published his book about personal finance. But the principles of money management outlined here are timeless, which is one […]

Assertiveness, part of the #BizGirlMind series of e-books

My annual professional goals at work include reading one book per quarter on certain topics & blogging about them. For Q1, I read and reviewed Primal Leadership. For Q2, I started a book about negotiation but found myself unable to recall what I’d read (so much for reading on a plane!), so I switched topics […]