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The internet in the early days…
01 31 09, 11:17 pm
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Songs for Laura
01 30 09, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Creativity, General, Growth + Development

I experienced one of the best shows of my life this week called “Songs for Laura.”  I went to the Cactus Café, which, for those of you have never been there, is a quintessential Austin staple.  It’s like an underrated Austin City Limits.  

The Songs for Laura project was created by Forest Sun, the son of Laura.  Forest is a singer/songwriter from the Mill Valley area, and he asked many of his fellow songwriting friends from around the country to contribute their art to this project.  Over forty amazing artists are showcased…
Each live performance has a different group of artists.   This particular set I saw floored me, and I became a fan of several new artists (see below).

This was truly an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.  
They shared the staged, harmonized, laughed, joked, and jammed.  

So, my question is:  

How does “Songs for Laura” show up in your life?
What do you do from a service or passion standpoint to create art with others?  
This is a great opportunity to think out of the box – who are you better with as a team?  

Here are some unexpected examples…

Raising children
Volunteering for Meals on Wheels
Create an exhibit showcasing various artists in a variety of mediums. (e.g. Monofonus Press)

Set 1
Matt the Electrician, Libby Kirkpatrick, Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin
Set 2
Forest Sun, Noelle Hampton, Andre Moran, Larkin Gayl, Jesse Aycock 

All Songs for Laura performances benefit the Songs for Laura project.

A Great Day
01 21 09, 8:33 pm
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Yesterday was an incredible day.  I sat among colleagues and friends in the late morning watching the inauguration of  Barack Hussein Obama.  Aside from it being the historical event that it was,  one of the most interesting aspects of this inauguration was and is everyone’s excitement.  It’s not often that everyone gathers around a television mid-morning in this day and age for good news, news of hope, and news of leadership and direction.  

A friend from San Francisco sent the following link of images of people watching the inauguration around the Bay area.  Enjoy ….

A Call to Service
01 14 09, 5:03 pm
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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our President Elect and soon-to-be First Lady have asked Americans to give their time and service this coming weekend.  They have made it very easy to find an event near you.  See below!

To hear the call:

To find an event near you:

To host an event:

Ambition to Meaning
01 13 09, 6:14 pm
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Wayne Dyer’s movie is now available online at no cost.  You can view it at:

The New Year…
01 13 09, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Business Related, Creativity, General, Growth + Development

As 2009 is upon is, I’d like to share an exercise and resource to help bring growth and focus to the upcoming year – Your 2008 Year-End Review.

This exercise can be done alone or in groups, dealing with business or personal aspects of you.

You need 1-2 hours of time, a comfy spot, a cup of tea or glass of wine, and pen and paper.  Most of us are at computers or on PDA’s much of our day, and when you take it back to basics, you use different parts of your brain.  You can make different connections.  

Big Tip:  Avoid multi-tasking (yes, turn the cell phone off) while doing this exercise

Think about all of the areas of your life (e.g, work, relationships, education, health, etc.). You may want to mentally scroll or physically write them down.  As you “look” through the various areas of your life, ask yourself the following 4 questions.  

1.  What worked well?

2.  What didn’t work?

3.  What worked, but could have worked better?

4.  What do the answers to the above questions mean as you begin 2009?  

When you create time for reflection without pressure or expectation, it’s amazing what insights will occur.   I encourage you to write them down in addition to any actions that would help you further your own development and success in these areas for 2009.  

If you want more structure to this exercise or want to take it a step further, I suggest  Your Best Year Yet.   The author, Jinny S. Ditzler, recommends an in depth, user-friendly  approach.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email.  I wish you many exciting discoveries on this exploration!

And, last but not least, I’m looking for hilarious workplace tales involving meetings and miscommunications.  The canvas is open.  All is confidential.  You can email them to me at .

Wishing you a prosperous and fulfilling 2009!  

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