Make It Simple

Basic training never ends

Walt Disney revealing Epcot


Never get bored with the basics.

Be remarkable at the basics.

Photo: Taken at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – One Man’s Dream Attraction.

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Amazing quotes or insights from a Biblical or historical giant?

Disney's Epcot Imagination pavilion creative door
From a person with 30+ years at a special place, including the past 15+ at his favorite


The 50 simple, common-sense, yes-or-no questions in Mid Life Celebration are not from some amazing quotes or insights from a Biblical or historical giant.

They are from a simple guy with a simple message:

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Live before you die.

The hope would be that every reader would have 50 ‘yeses’.

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Uncommon Sense

If Common Sense Is Logical, What Is Uncommon Sense?

Uncommon sense says this is a perfect place to have lunch, rather than in a restaurant.

Google uncommon sense and there’s nothing substantial. But Google common sense and we quickly get Wikipedia’s answer – “sound and prudent judgement based on a simple perception of the situation or facts”.

So, my definition of uncommon sense: “sound and prudent judgement based on a simple perception that humans readily, habitually and abundantly ignore common sense”.

Insight: Knowing is never enough. We must apply knowledge.

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I Am

I Am Aggressively Unfancy

Honeymoon On Bikes
Honeymoon On Bikes

Do you know who you are?  Do your loved ones know?  Could they describe you the way you hope?

Aggressively Unfancy.

Working for a Fortune 100 company in Central Florida for 27 years, I’ve grown accustomed to wearing suits, ties and shiny shoes.

When not at work, cut-off jeans, no shirt, no shoes is more of my style.

Jimmy Buffett or Z88.3 playing in the background.

My car is 21 years old, while those around my community drive new, upscale vehicles.

Our Honeymoon cost less than $200, for 2.5 weeks.

I color my hair, slowly. Gray.

I do a lot of other important things that nobody sees. Like starting each day on my knees.

Or pausing to pray every time we hear a siren.

While others read good books, I’m busy writing them.

I am inspired to be a Husband and a Father, and, um, one more thing – I’m aggressively unfancy.

October 2009

jeff noel Aggressively Unfancy?

Is jeff noel aggressively unfancy?  Well, one thing for certain, I’m certainly not too funny when I blog.  But I sure do try to be aggressively unfancy.

And the concept of being unfancy is one most of us have never heard of. We have, but not in those exact words.

Aggressively unfancy means, to me, a person who is not focused on looking smart or sexy.  Sort of an ordinary person who deep down inside understands that they are blessed beyond measure simply by being alive.  And that that is more than enough.

Having a roof over your head, food on your plate, someone to love and someone to love you back.  Ya with me?  (this one’s for you MDJ)

Having a car that starts every time, someone in your life who is more important than you, a clean shirt and indoor plumbing – these things make us rich.  And potentially, aggressively unfancy. But certainly not funny.  Ya with me?  (this one’s for everyone)