Sources for stories: Night owl productivity

I’m interrupting this week of book reviews to ask for sources for another Fast Company post. I’m writing about productivity for night owls. Much of the world is set up to reward early birds. School starts early (so parents and kids need to be up for the bus) and workplaces have that first meeting around 8. So if you’re not a morning person, ho… read more »

5 reviews in 5 days: Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter (#2)

I went on a reading spree a few weeks ago, and read 5 books in 5 days. I’m now posting short reviews of all 5 this week. Up next? The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty.
I grabbed this book from the library because it fit my key demand-side reader requirement: That it be short. But Welty packs quite a bit into this slim tale.
To be sure, the theme of a ch… read more »

5 book reviews in 5 days: Dave Barry’s You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty

As a “demand side” reader, I went on a reading tear a few weeks ago. I wound up reading 5 books in about 5 days. I have not read a single book since. This is par for the course around here.
Since I try to be efficient, I’ve decided to write short reviews of these books, and post them here over the next week. It was an eclectic mix. There should be somethin… read more »

Notes on my week

Last Sunday, I posted that I was challenging myself to get up early to work every day this week (every weekday, that is). I succeeded in getting up at 6 a.m. for 5 days in a row. This morning I woke up a few minutes before my 6 a.m. alarm.
I’ve gotten a lot of tedious work done. I’ve been processing time logs for Mosaic and managed to get through 50 as of 8:30 a.m. whi… read more »

A hodgepodge post: Gap year sources, Fast Company links, a worksheet

My brain is too fried from counting Excel cells to write an essay right now. Instead, I have a motley mix of things to cover today.
First, I’m writing a column about young people who take a gap year between high school and college. I need to talk to some people who’ve done this. If you took a gap year, or know a young person who did and would be willing to b… read more »