From an email about the event:
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From an email about the event:
The weekly Racine Public Library Wordshop gathering of poets and writers is always lively and engaging. Last week there was a special presentation of Beat literature.
Upon acceptance of another story this week, I received this note from the editor:
“Good lord this is good.”
The encouragement from these editors helps sweep a lot of self-doubt out of the way.
Announcing the release of When the Lights Go Out: and other writings [Kindle Edition]!
This e-book collects four stories from a Coffeehouse Junkie audio podcast plus a bonus chapter. Inside When the Lights Go Out includes stories about creative space, laptop versus hand-writing and more. Here’s a list of the chapters:
Plus a bonus chapter!
Listen to the audio:
And thank you for your support!
Download today: When the Lights Go Out: and other writings [Kindle Edition]
Received this note from the editor of a forthcoming article to be published:
“…it’s excellent, timely, very motivating and inspirational.”
Years ago, the practice of capturing a moment or event was accomplished with pencil and sketchbook.
This morning, kidlinger walks up to my desk while I work, looks at the laptop screen critically and asks: “What’s that?”
Me: “I’m listening to Shostakovich.“
Kidlinger: “He’s not one of the three killer B’s.“
Me: “True. Would you prefer to listen to Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms?”
Kidlinger: “I don’t know.”
Me: “How about some Bach… violin sonata in G minor? Something to encourage you to practice your violin.”
Kidlinger: “Yeah, that sounds good.”
 Here’s a brief bio on Shostakovich: http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/shostakovich.php
 This is not a reference to the 1991 release of Anthrax’s B-sides collection Attack of the Killer B’s. But it is a reference to the three greatest classic music composers, commonly knowns as the Three B’s, Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms. Here’s a link to recent relesases of the Three B’s from NPR’s “Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms”: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/18/174659127/music-we-love-now-the-3-bs-on-cd
“Meformer” (vs “informer”) is not a new term, but for some reason it is making its rounds on social media the last few months.
 Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable, “STUDY: 80% of Twitter Users Are All About Me”, September 29, 2009, accessed July 15, 2014, http://mashable.com/2009/09/29/meformers/
 Patrick Allan, LifeHacker, “Be an Informer, Not a ‘Meformer’, To Get More Followers On Social Media”, May 29 2014, accessed July 15, 2014, http://lifehacker.com/be-an-informer-not-a-meformer-to-get-more-followers-1583508468
 Kirk Englehardt, LinkedIn, “Are you a Twitter ‘Informer’ or ‘Meformer’?”, June 03, 2014, accessed July 15, 2014,
It is a long week when Friday morning reveals 40 hours worked and it will be two more 10-hour days before a rest.
Still, I managed to attend the Racine Public Library’s writers group this week after a long absence. If you’re looking for a friendly group poets and writers in the Racine area, visit the group.
Also, I have not forgot about this week’s Coffeehouse Junkie audio podcast. It is in production and due to release this weekend. It features a listener’s comments, special dedication and original music between the segments by John Hayes.
So, why the busy week? Oh, boy… where do I start?
Let’s just say, designing a few software application icons and buttons that allow for best user experience is one matter. Designing dozens and dozens is a whole different critter. And that was Monday. And then Tuesday… well… maybe later.
Does the world need another advertorial on how to be successful in life and business?
This morning I read the article, “Books To Change Your Life And Your Business,” on LinkedIn. It is rubbish. The books listed will not change your life, but might place you in a better neighborhood. Jeffrey J. Fox’s How to Become CEO includes a chapter on required reading for those interested in rising to the top of the corporate ladder. It is a far better and engaging booklist than the one Linda Coles provides.
But, maybe Americans ask the wrong question. Maybe our culture seeks the wrong definition of success in life and business.
Earlier this week, Sunday morning, I was reminded that Americans who have enough to eat, adequate clothing, a place to sleep and a car, are in the top 15 percent of the world’s wealthiest. Further, if you have plenty to eat, a modest collection of clothing, a savings account, two cars and own your home, you are in the top five percent of the wealthiest people in the world.
What if success in life and business is simply a matter of doing what aught to be done? And doing it the best of an individual’s abilities?
 A “blend of advertisement and editorial.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advertorial
 “Books To Change Your Life And Your Business” by Linda Coles, May 21, 2014, accessed May 21, 2014, https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140521221520-33236097-7-book-choices-for-a-better-life The books mentioned in the article include: Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini and others
 Booklist from How to Become CEO include: The Bible, The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings, The Prince, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, anything by Thomas Jefferson, The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway, and others.