Category: Methinks

New piece on Lifehack.org by yours truly. I hope you enjoy. The great writer and thinker, Christopher Morley, famously wrote: There are three ingredients to the good life – learning, earning and yearning. Click to continue to the full article

[Image from igamer on flickr] First, as always, I would say we are all in the make-your-boss’s-life-easier business. And second, a stunning post from Scott Ginsberg (the nametag guy) on the subject of the business we are all in – the people business. Extract: It doesn’t matter what you sell.It doesn’t matter what you create.It […]

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one(Malcolm Forbes) I’m not one of those people who needs to know every detail of how something works before I can be happy. I’m not remotely interested in the ones and zeros that make my computers function, nor do I have a […]

The three most aggressive words in the English language? “Ah go on!” Translation: “I don’t care what you want. I don’t care if you are swamped / tired / worn-out / stressed out / in need of solitude. Up yours! Adopt my urgencies. Work to my agenda and do what I tell you. Go on. […]

This is what I thought, and hoped, my holiday destination might look like this year. Ph-shaw! It looked like THIS: The views of tiny medieval villages hanging off cliff-faces as far as the eye could see were simply breathtaking. The locals were delightful. The food was mind-blowing. The mobile phone coverage was patchy at best. […]

I was conducting an exit interview for the owner of a mid-sized business when I came across an interesting example of human nature at work. The owner had been told that the individual was leaving for a greater financial opportunity elsewhere, but thought there was more to it than that. When I interviewed the departing […]

And speaking of monuments, my mother – the Silver Surfer – just emailed me this image of Manahan Peak in Antarctica, named after my brother for his contributions to Polar research. [I would have held out until they named it Manahan’s Magnificent Peak, but that’s just me.] It’s a good thing I’m not prone to […]

A lovely post by Russell Davies this week on the subject of church architecture brought to mind two things. The first was a little church I visited last year in the walled medieval town of Brouage in western France. The town is beautifully built and very pretty with lovely old cobbled streets, reflecting its importance […]

Evil HR Lady tagged me to reveal eight random facts about myself. Normally, I don’t participate in chain letters and so forth, but some of the posts on this have been great – and besides, she has a really scary name. So, in no particular order: My first ever school report included the sentence, “Rowan […]

True story. A big-shot Irish businessman was over in the United States doing some deals and playing some golf. He ended up on a near-sacred golf course below the Mason-Dixon line. Now, back home, this gentleman is a b-i-g deal. He owns his own golf course and has a reputation for being a strong player […]