Nine Months Later

Can’t Learn Anything From

International Bicycle Trip 1984
International Bicycle Trip 1984

“You can’t learn anything from experiences you’re not having.” Louis L’Amour

Do you notice how conversations change this time of year?

There is always so much talk about what we’re going to do.  New Year, New You!

People love to dream and talk about their future plans. A new year brings this on every January.

It lasts a few weeks and then it’s gone.

Until next January.

This happens year after year, until we die.

Nine Months Later

Carrie Underwood Change

Just A Fool?
Just A Fool?

“To live without my music would be impossible to do, because in this world of troubles, my music pulls me through.”

The other day, I heard Carrie Underwood’s new song, Change“.

There’s a line in the song that goes like this:

“Just a fool, just a fool to believe, you can change the world.”

Maybe.  Maybe not.

Nine Months Later

Chicago Library Is Threatened

Chicago Library Lower Right
Chicago Library Lower Right

Earlier this morning, we talked about how Libraries and book stores are going to go away. Can’t predict when, but it will happen.

Unless Libraries and bookstores reinvent the book paradigm.

They will either become victims or victors to creative thinking and shifting consumer demands and trends.

While today’s first (this is the second) post is only a few hours old, this jeff noel One-Take-You Tube video dates back to August 20, 2009, nearly five months ago.

I was simply walking down a busy Chicago street, on the way to the Willis Tower (Western Hemisphere’s tallest building), and stopped, looked across the street at the Chicago Library, had an epiphany, pulled the camera out on my pocket, took a deep breath and here’s what happened:

Nine Months Later

Eight Posts Yesterday


Blah, blah, blah, right?

The Internet’s only Five-a-Day Blogger”…..

It started as a 100-day challenge to become a better writer, after a Father told his young son, “If you want to be a better reader, you should read a lot.”

So what happens yesterday?  Not five daily blogs, but eight.

Recently, had a discussion and we talked about the future of books:

  • Books will be relics on display in Museums
  • eBooks will dominate
  • Kindle will destroy the publishing industry
  • The publishing industry will watch it happen
  • Librarians will lose their jobs
  • Unless they become Cybrarians
  • There were 177,000 books published last year
  • People think it’s hard to write a book
  • Authors think their book will sell many copies
  • Barnes & Noble will go out of business eventually
  • People get ready (Bob Marley reference)

“Books” will be written one day at a time. In public, for the public.

Books will be free.  Writers will be poor. And writers will come to realize that there are far too many choices.

A whole new paradigm is being created.

One page per day, almost like reality TV.  People will read blogs, and over time, they will have “read a book” and not even know it.

Eventually, this new paradigm will give way to the next.

Nine Months Later

Inspiration From Email?

Pretty Flowers
Pretty Flowers

I’m “off” today and spending a little time on enhancing the whole social networking thing. Here’s a second jeff noel blog post for today, inspired by my reply to an email I received ten minutes ago:

Just this morning, when our son’s third-grade teacher asked me how I was doing and I said, “Excellent!”, I followed up with her, to be clear, by saying, “I have the weight of the world on my shoulders like everyone else, but I’m not going to let in interfere with my day.”

Pick any one my five daily blogs, read about 10-15 posts, and then tell me it can’t help you if you made reading it (them) the same habit I make writing it (them).

Or, you can do what you always do.

By the way, I have been involved in a career, with the same organization, for 26 years.  Did you catch that?  The same organization.

Seriously, you would think that blogging is my job.  It’s not.  It’s a newly (a year ago) discovered tool to help me become a world-class Dad.

Whatever you choose, may all the blessings and success you deserve, come your way.