The Crash of 2016 by Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann reviews the “cycles of crisis” in the U.S. since the American Revolution In The Crash of 2016, Thom Hartmann documents why it is no longer wise to put faith in most elected politicians, or in our once-trusted institutions, especially the public media, banks, universities and the Supreme Court. Maybe I’m more naive than most people, seeing a …

Profoundly Disconnected by Mike Rowe

Why would Mike Rowe write a “fake” book? Mike Rowe calls Profoundly Disconnected a “fake book” containing just one single paragraph. Well, that’s true…and it isn’t. If you’ve seen Mike Rowe’s television show “Dirty Jobs,” you’ll know he has a quirky sense of humor, and that comes through loud and clear in his “non-book.” In fact, …

Zen Driving: Relax Behind the Wheel

The book Zen Driving taught me to enjoy driving a car again Zen Driving by K. T. Berger is a remarkable book that can change your driving habits, your attitude toward other drivers on the road and, maybe even, your life. The authors are two brothers Kevin, a freelance journalist, and Todd, a California psychotherapist. Between them, they …

Zero to One – Notes on Startups

Zero to One: Notes on Startups by Peter Thiel “Every moment in business happens only once,” says Peter Thiel in his preface to Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future… and if you’re copying Bill Gates (Microsoft), Larry Page (Google), or Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), you’ve missed the point. For most people, …

The Cowbell Principle – Book Review

What you need for your dream job or business is… MORE cowbell! The authors of The Cowbell Principle were inspired by – you guessed it – the Saturday Night Live sketch called “More Cowbell,” (YouTube link) featuring Christopher Walken and Will Farrell. In the skit, Walken (playing record producer The Bruce Dickinson) calls for “more cowbell” …

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Why I like The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau I appreciate books that push my buttons, making me look at things in new and slightly offbeat ways. The case studies Chris Guillebeau showcases in The $100 Startup are of regular people, mostly in jobs, who unexpectedly found ways to create businesses in unique niches that suited them to …

Silent E Plus Suffix Rules

Judging or Judgeing? Desirable or Desireable? Argument or Arguement? A word that ends with a silent “e” can present a challenge when you try to make a new word by adding a suffix after it (letters added to the end of a word). Do you keep the “e” or drop it? For example, when you want …

A Few More Spelling and Grammar Tips

Her Style Was Most Unique… NOT! A common usage mistake in English is to use the word “unique” in a way that makes the noun it modifies seem not unique. When we say “most unique” or “very unique” about something, what we’re really saying is the thing isn’t unique at all. The word “unique” means something …

Placing Punctuation with Quotation Marks

Do commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, exclamation points and question marks go before or after quotation marks? There are many different ways to use quotation marks and, in this tutorial, we’ll look at sentence punctuation in relationship to quotations. In other words, does the comma, period, question mark or exclamation point come before or after the quotation …

When to Use “Loan” versus “Lend”

  Loan and lend are misused so frequently – even in print and TV advertising – that it’s no wonder so many of us get the word usages mixed up. Loan is a noun; lend is a verb. That’s the bottom line. Loan is a noun: I asked the bank for a loan. Lend is a verb: Will …