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Entries from December 2011

Writing About Your Life

December 29th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some tips from William Zinsser that have helped me as a writer. These tips come from his book, “Writing About Your Life.” Here are some tips from William Zinsser about writing. They come from: Writing About Your Life Marlowe and Company, 1979, ISBN 1-56924-468-5 These tips are for writing memoirs, but I […]

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Tags: Writing

My Hated Yellow Shirt

December 26th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Often, a seemingly illogical action has logic when something else is in play. One way to learn of what else is in play is to ask. I have a yellow shirt. Someone gave this to me a few years ago. I hate the yellow shirt because I think the color is awful. […]

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Tags: Culture · Family

Listening to Unwelcome Messages

December 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes events don’t occur as I planned. They do, however, lead to what I want. To discover the result, I have to listen to unwelcome messages. I often receive unwelcome messages. I plan something; I invite people who I believe will benefit from the something, and none of them come. There are […]

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Tags: Communication

Is it Time to Bring Back Sunday Schools?

December 19th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The original Sunday School was a charitable effort to educate children of the poor in England in the 1700s. Given the state of government-funded education in America today, perhaps churches should go back to the original. I attended Sunday School as a child. In a way, I still attend Sunday School today. […]

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Tags: Education

Blink-of-an-Eye Expertise

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A blink-of-an-eye expert can walk into a situation and point to disastrous mistakes in the blink of an eye. My wife knows kitchens and what happens in kitchens. She can walk in a kitchen full of people cooking something, and if they are doing something wasteful, she can point to it immediately. […]

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Tags: Adapting · Education · People · Thinking

Pre Digital

December 12th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some thoughts on Seth Godin’s idea of “pre digital” and how some places can become “formerly pre digital.” Seth Godin recently posted thoughts on what he calls “pre digital.” I liked his thoughts. I can punch a few security holes in the example he uses of a hospital emergency room, but that […]

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Tags: Communication · Computing · Systems

Alaska Gold Rush = Gilligan’s Island

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Good thoughts, hard work, a good team – they are great, but don’t guarantee success in projects. I find yet another television show that illustrates the need for thought and planning. I have found another television show that I love to hate to watch. It is Alaska Gold Rush on the Discovery […]

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Tags: Management · Thinking

Information Pull

December 5th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As a manager, when an employee provides short, pleasing answers sound all the alarms you have. Ask more questions until you pull usable information from the employee. Manager: How are things going? Employee: Fine, okay. Manager: (thinks to herself) Great! I’ve communicated with the employee, and we are good. Gosh. How many […]

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Tags: Communication · Management

The iPad – part 0.10 – Better Writing

December 1st, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This iPad continues to improve. Is it Apple or everyone else? I am still using the iPad version 1. This thing continues to improve. For example, I am writing this blog post from the iPad. When it was new (how long ago was that?), I couldn’t write blog posts from the iPad. […]

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Tags: iPad · Technology · Writing