Month: April 2012

They Say Life Begins At Age 30…

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I remember this girl back in college who pretty much ran the place by the time I was a freshman. She was bright, driven, and down to earth.

I didn’t become friends with her until I moved to Nashville and bumped into her at a local university. It’s funny that we both work in higher ed now. Her school is a small private institution, and she pretty much runs the place once again.

This week, she remarked about the 30 Things List from Glamour Magazine’s book, “Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30.”

Preview the 30 Things List here.

What do you think of it?


Ten Things I’m Thankful For Tuesday

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1. Being spotted unexpectedly the other day by two friends I hadn’t seen in a while. They proceeded to wrap me in the brotherly love that revives a withering soul (simply by being themselves).

2. My “spare” iPod. I had to replace it a couple of years ago because the audio stopped working, but the bright side is that I still can connect it to a computer and play it through iTunes. It’s like a small external hard drive that holds a bunch of my music and a few movies.

3. Change. Even when it means losing a couple of things you had gotten used to, it usually brings some kind of new advantage too.

4. Recommendation letters and award nominations. It’s a joy to use my skill with words and language as a tool for promoting some of the deserving student leaders I know.

5. People who are a similar kind of weird as me. Finding yourself in a world where you’re often misunderstood makes you appreciate the folks who know and love you and don’t think you’re crazy!

6. Keith Urban. I definitely WILL write with him someday. You heard it here.

7. Moments in life that bring great clarity in an instant…those moments that cut through all the crap and bring you face to face with what really matters.

8. Three interesting song ideas that popped up today. Two came while I was brushing my teeth, and one came in the car when a jogger turned the corner and came into view on the sidewalk. All cheesy love songs, of course.

9. Snicker’s Ice Cream Bars. A perfect combination of food ingredients.

1o. The fact that God is not petty or slow to overlook even a serious offense. Even though actions have consequences, I’m glad He “does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquity.” (Psalm 103:10) Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

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Here’s an image that was captured for one reason – to make use of the effect of the sun on the photo subject.

“Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos Of Daughters”

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I got a kick out of what this dad did to create some fun with his camera and his daughters:

Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos Of Daughters | Bored Panda.

Ten Things I’m Thankful For Tuesday

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1. Pretzel Crisps.

2. Opportunities to write. I even derive some pleasure from report writing the old boss delegates to me. (This sounds like a sickness, I know.)

3. Retreats. I wish I could create a tradition for my friends and me – an annual obligation to leave behind the wife and kids and bachelor pad to get away for a bit of bro time.

4. Stars to gaze at. My behavior in recent years may not indicate that I appreciate stargazing, but I intend to use the next three months to make up for lost time.

5. The cell phone someone gave me for free this week.

6. A good parking space. Funny how thrilled or annoyed we all tend to become based on parking spots.

7. Leftover Easter candy sold for $.12 at Walgreen’s. The little chocolate eggs with marshmallow and caramel inside…

8. “All This Love”. Ooold schooool!

The sound of the chorus gets me every time.


9. The usefulness of considering opportunity cost. It has helped me make some key decisions in life. Who knew Dr. Yeh, the Economics professor, would have such a lasting impact?

10. The 2012-2013 Broadway at TPAC season. The lineup looks interesting enough for me to get season tickets this year.

The live combination of “act, dance, sing” is a phenomenon that blindsided me when I was about sixteen, and I never recovered.

It’s Because I’m A Wordsmith

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If you know what a fan I am of handwritten notes and letters, you won’t be surprised that I liked this quote:

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”

-Phyllis Theroux