• Great Reads

    Excellence… {Great Reads}

    Backstory:  I drafted this post in 2011 and never shared it. I did finish the book and it remains one of my favorite reads.  🙂 Restrooms. Candies. Stories. Beginnings. Endings. 7 Seconds. Lunch. Relationships. Fun. Day & Night. What is excellence? Is it showing up every day, on time, and ready to do what’s asked? Is it having passion for every project you’re working on? Is it seeing everything you do as a ‘project’? Is it doing what you believe in, No.Matter.What?  How do you define excellence?  Starting with mention of the Two-Cent Candy Phenomenon in his book, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence, Tom Peters, business…

  • Great Reads,  Writing

    The Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers {Great Reads}

    “Anybody can write a book, ’cause everybody has a story to tell.” Marianne Moore, Author/Poet Last week I found myself in the bookstore again, this time to replace a book I loaned and haven’t seen since. The Pocket Muse 2,  an entirely different genre from the missing business book, spoke to my interest in writing, with its inviting photography, creative type-set and graphics, and beautiful language. Monica Wood explains in the Introduction that this book was a result of her own despair, feeling as though she was facing, “mortal combat with a novel in progress… stranded and miserable with my sheaf of false starts and dead ends.”  She invites the reader to use the…