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Things I learned on the way to something else--May edition Just a few scattered pieces of information I glommed onto while browsing through the likes of VANITY FAIR, NEW YORKER, NEWSWEEK, TIME, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. a couple of garden equipment catalogues and a church bulletin or two. * SCORPION which premieres this Fall on CBS will mark the first time since 1948 that a sitcom hasn't appeared Monday Nights at 8 Central on the Tiffany Network. (TV GUIDE) * It takes roughly 8 times longer to move oil through pipelines than it does shipping it via rail. (TIME ) * "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children-" Sitting Bull ( posted on the wall in Hibbard Hall at UW Eau Claire ) * Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, runs 3 to 5 miles a adya and reads 4 to 5 papers a day (FORTUNE)

Collective Thought is NOT Collaboration

So, I was at a meeting a few weeks ago and the discussion turned a bit tense--and with some consternation the person leading the meeting declared that  "We all need to be on the same page ! "  Read more...


Things I learned on the way to something else-October 2014

The stack of magazines and newspapers on my side of the room is mounting so I finally sat down and tackled a little light reading--While I hoped to solve most of the world's problems--I actually stumbled across some random information that may help you win bar bets and ace that JEOPARDY contestant exam. Read more...

Stuff I learned on the way to something else October Edition

One slight advantage of not taking the stage until the second act of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in Early October was I had some quality time in the dressing room to read through a few magazines, and newspapers catching up on the latest  news. Read more...

The Overlooked JOY of Coasting

A few weeks ago I was flipping across channels and stumbled into a post race interview with some zen like Nascar driver--I forget which one--The interviewer asked a question he expected a different answer to. He asked what the driver liked to do when he wasn't racing and instead of opting for the more traditional, thrill-seeking type answers like mountain climbing, deep sea fishing, or alligator wrasslin', he opted for a simple but poignant answer. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else JULY

Here are a few more of those things I stumbled upon while looking for something else,,, Read more...

This LESS GOVERNMENT Battle has been going on a long time

So, as I browsing through an old SATURDAY EVENING POST I picked up for 75 cents at an Almena Thrift Store the other day I spotted this ad sponsored by the Independent Power and Light Companies. They talk all about this battle over TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT..and SOCIALISM ON THE MARCH...and STEP BY STEP It will be taken from us. October 1958. Things haven't changed that much, have they? I hear this same argument almost everyday. The Power companies didn't really want to put their names specifically on this ad BUT you could get a list from the POST if you wrote to them. I might be a little late for the list. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else-June edition

This month I learned some really cool stuff while paging through a magazine, book or newspaper or 2.. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else--May

Things I learned on the way to something else--May edition Read more...

Things I read for fun and other things I like to read-April 2014

It's probably a good thing I have a NOOK. It's probably a good thing that I have an overused library card and I'm sure its a good thing that I'm a literacy tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of The Chippewa Valley. Read more...