Month: June 2018

Black Box Thinking – Goodreads Review

Syed compares how failure is examined in the airline industry-with a literal black box, verses the medical industry-where mistakes tend to be hidden. His view is that we can’t improve processes unless we are willing learn from our mistakes.

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The Coffee Table Quest

The search to replace a coffee table inspired me to demonstrate my understanding of basic story structure. Why? What seemed like a simple task-go to the store, choose one, request delivery-morphed into an extended challenge. (I admit the story may be more soap opera than literary fiction, but anyway…) The Beginning: According to Aristotle, and …

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Cemetary bench

How will my story end?

This might sound morbid, but have you ever wondered what will kill you? I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but I did recently celebrate another birthday. The years are adding up. I’m somewhere between the take-me-to-the-bar year, and (fingers crossed) the what’s-your-secret-for-living-so-long interview. How will my story end? This might sound morbid, but have you …

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Homeowner Stress

I have a new washer and dryer! Yea! (Enters laundry area with basket of towels. Peers at dials, electronic settings, soap dispenser. Brow furrows.) Wait a minute, how do these things work? I search frantically for the instruction manual. I might as well of purchased a new phone, upgraded my software, or bought LED light …

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