The Cycle of Dumbness

The Cycle of Dumbness

Every day we do dumb things. And we hope the dumb things don’t outnumber the smart things so that a trend develops. Once dumbness begins to trend, bad things are on the way. Yesterday, I did a dumb thing. I left my phone at home, before driving an hour and a half away...

Pumpkin Spice, Bendy Straws, & a Lute

Pumpkin Spice, Bendy Straws, & a Lute

It’s that time of year when everyone becomes obsessed with pumpkin spice. You can't go anywhere without running into it. From Starbucks coffee to Hostess Twinkies, everyone is trying to inject pumpkin into your day.  Personally, I'm not a fan. Pumpkin deodorant?...

The Dos and Don’ts of Interesting Small Talk

The Dos and Don’ts of Interesting Small Talk

This week I had to go to a strategic planning meeting for my day job. This occurred for two reasons: Organizations can’t be trusted to go about their business without a plan. They must go into meeting rooms every 5-6 years with a facilitator and discuss the future,...

The Vivid and Mystical Roundabout

The Vivid and Mystical Roundabout

Did you know it’s National Roundabout Week? Of course not. You have lives. But here in Carmel, Indiana, it’s a big deal. Carmel is the roundabout capital of the United States. We have around 140 of them with more on the way. Our mayor likes to fill them with art. Not...

Beyond Pork & Bon Jovi

Beyond Pork & Bon Jovi

Bed, Bath, and Beyond should really surrender the “beyond” in their name. Have you been there lately? There’s not much beyond. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs. There is a place that deserves the “beyond” in its title, however. I know because I worked there all...

Climbing Volcanoes

Climbing Volcanoes

Why do we do it? Why are we the only species that goes out of our way to put ourselves in mortal danger? This morning I read about a group of twelve Russian tourists who tried to climb a volcano last Tuesday. Six of them died. Trying to CLIMB A VOLCANO! What could go...