I decided to move my book reviews to a new blog -- Books Reviewed There.
Stop by and say hello. If you could take the time to give me a shout out on your blog, I'd appreciate it. (hint, hint.)
Grab your favorite beverage, and swap stories about families, books and writing novels.
Life is getting very complicated and I'm just not able to keep up. Over the last week and weekend, I've been evaluating the time it takes to run this blog versus two projects I really want to work on.
The blog lost.
I'm not ready to delete it, but I am going to postpone posting anything new for quite some time. Thanks for understanding.
I've been listening to a podcast called Manager Tools. I really appreciate the advice that they give out (for free!) but sometimes it really irritates me too.
For instance, the most recent cast I listened to is from September 2005 (seriously, the cast is so good that I decided to go back to the beginning and start from there) titled "Got Email?"
Four actions are identified as necessary for managing your email.
My company relies heavily on email. Way too heavily. I'm a culprit too, but I've found that if I don't email it, I later don't have "proof" that I did said action. The recommendation is to have face time or utilize voice mail. If I did that, I'd seldom accomplish anything since people are much more likely to check and respond to emails.
As much as I enjoy the podcast, I wonder, as a non-manager, how can I implement some of the ideas that I do like? It is frustrating.
My other problem with face-to-face meetings is the recommendation of some "chit-chat" about family and life outside of work. I used to be in a spot where one person did this, right before unloading his request. It felt more like buttering up -- Look at me, I'm the nice guy that cares about your family! -- instead of building a relationship.
Maybe it was me. Maybe my perception is screwy from my years of emailed messages.
But it is definitely food for thought. And some day, I just might find myself in a position to make some changes.
Five on Friday
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Title: Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN 978-0-307-38973-2, $19.95, 1988, 348 pages
Summary: Six hundred and twenty-two affairs ago, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza had a passionate love affair through letters and telegrams. Instead, Fermina married Dr. Juvenal Urbino. The death of Jeremiah de Saint-Amour, the famed photographer of children, brings Florentino and Fermina together again.
The Take-Away: I never would have read this book if it hadn't been for my book club. As I read, I continued to get lost in the poetry of the prose. I have the same problem when I read poetry. I forget that there's a story being told also. By the end, I understood what attracted people to it, but I've read better literary novels that didn't leave me so confused.
I didn't understand why Fermina married Florentino. What convinced the feisty girl to give up her love? And what's the significance of the first scene? I'm sure it was explained in there somewhere, but I lost track of the thread that carried the story.
Personally, I don't like to have to work this hard for a story.
Recommendation: Skip it, unless you like long, winding stories with obvious endings.
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I don't often blog about my kids, on purpose. I'm a little fearful, I guess, about what might happen either now or later. But I never would have learned the following if I didn't have boys.
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