Books, Glorious Books …

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Saturday has been a day of introspection and reorganization:

image-29-08-15-01-09-114 books on the Immediate Action shelf at eye level for reading, reviewing, and using …

65 on the shelf next to my laptop which have been read, but need to be kept close for comfort …

63 more on the book shelf immediately left of my typing and working area, which I do not need quite as close as the others … image-29-08-15-01-06-2

100 on the bookcase 8 long feet away, by the back door …

unnamed18 more shelves (20 inches long each) full of books in 4 units on far wall, plus 1 more narrow, but full bookcase to the right of the “real” book cases …

Five more full shelves of books which you pass by to enter my work area …image-29-08-15-01-06-3

… Okay, I also have a 20 X 13 Inch box with books that have not been shelved yet …



By the way, that first image with the quote is NOT a picture of my books … way too organized and color coördinated.  The others represent selected views of my work and learning environment.

Three comments about this state of affairs:

1.  My office still does not smell like a library … yet. 

2.  I obviously need more book shelves …

3.  I might have a slight problem with overcommitment …

Wondering where to put the extra books in the Heartland ….


Quotation Image:

Other Images:  Meself

Liar, Liar …

Pinocchio - Enrico Mazzanti {PD-1923}“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”

V.S. Naipaul

For no reason I will share publicly, let’s think a bit today on the types of un-truths we may speak in the course of living our lives.  Here’s my shot at identifying a few major categories, some of which overlap at times.  Shoot, a good liar could probably hit three or four of these with one well-constructed and spiteful statement:


The good old-fashioned whopper, where we just do not tell the truth.  We deliberately say something that is not true about a person, an event, or a situation.  Perfected by small children wishing to escape punishment, as in “I didn’t do it.”  To truly lie by commission, you have to claim something that is not true about a person, an event, or a situation.   “The check is in the mail” and “I’m just finishing up that report and you will have it tomorrow morning” are adult examples. 

NOTE:  Complexity is often part of lying.  In the report example, you will note that two separate events are being referenced.  The reality of this situation may be:

1)  I have started the report, but not yet finished it.

2) I have not started the report, but will do so now.

3)  I have not started the report and have no serious intention of doing so anytime soon.

4)  I do not know what report to which you refer.

5)  I have finished the report, but forgot to deliver it to you.

6)  I have finished the report, but am not concerned with getting it to you quickly.

7)  I have finished the report and will tell another lie tomorrow about why you do not yet have it.

8) I finished the report and sent it, but to the wrong address/person and I am not going to admit that in a million years.

9)  I started the report and realized I was missing something important, so have started over at the last minute.


Sometimes we lie when we leave something out, or as I like to say, “forget” to include some essential piece of information.  Sometimes it’s not what we say, but what we do not say.  I may tell my wife that I stopped at the grocery store and the cleaners on my way home, but “forget” to mention a stop-off at the book store, which might have been more expensive than the other two stops combined.


We lie when we make a thing seem more than it is … more important, more serious, more impacting.  For examples, see much of what is said when adolescents are talking to each other.  “It was like the most exciting thing ever!!!” is an exaggeration, unless the Sun has just gone dark or exploded … then it would be pretty accurate.  Applied to things we encounter on a daily basis, not so much.

Telling someone your product or service is “The Best In The World” fits well as an example here.


Self-Serving statements which reduce or eliminate concerns, impacts, and issues.  “No problem” is both an irritating modern phrase and an example of what someone says to calm you down when things have not gone as planned.   “We can fix this” is often viewed as a verbal symbol of Yankee ingenuity, but can also be viewed as a way to keep people calm while you figure out how to patch an iceberg sized hole in the side of your ocean liner.

Minimizing the risk or outcome of something is a time-honored practice in business and was probably started by someone in middle management who did not have the authority to solve a problem, but did not want to just admit that.


When the goal of a non-truth is to hurt someone else.  Sometimes we just say things to be mean.  Anything identifiable as gossip can go into this category.  When what is coming out of your mouth does not match what is in your head or your heart, you are probably just being mean.

You are so brave to wear last year’s style” – extra points for passive-aggressive statements such as this.


White lies, such as husbands and wives tell each other when asked about aging signs, clothing fit, and such, do not count.  You get a pass if your untruth is meant to safeguard someone’s feelings, especially when the issue at stake is relatively minor.


Lying to someone just to protect them from being uncomfortable or hurt is not a good option.  When the cost of lying is more than the cost of being truthful, choose the truth and deliver it in a respectful, kind, and direct fashion.

BTW, honest cynicism is not lying.  If I say “I don’t think that is true”, I am expressing disbelief, but not trying to misrepresent that thing.


Leaders try to avoid telling lies, even as the cost of telling the truth grows.  A leader cannot function without earning the trust of those we serves.  A leader cannot earn trust from others if they are not truthful and honest, sometimes to a fault.  

Leaders simply tell the truth … after all, when you lie to another, you are also lying to yourself. 

What have I missed or misstated in this consideration of lying and all that jazz?

Trying real hard not to tell a lie in the Heartland….  



Image:  Pinocchio by Enrico Mazzanti {PD-23} – Wikipedia in the public domain


Words Matter – Another Powerful Reason Why

Lucy and Stephen Hawking… when someone with your public profile tells others that it’s okay to mock people with disabilities, you cause enormous damage.”

Lucy Hawking responding to Katie Hopkins


Let’s turn the podium over today for a quick lesson in how to effectively express your view on an issue.

I do not know Katie Hopkins and have no idea what she might have said to provoke this response, but I sense the strength of Lucy Hawking’s reaction to her words.

Lucy’s response is forceful, passionate, humane, and polite.  Click the link below to read her letter:

Dear Katie Hopkins:  Stop Making LIfe Harder for Disabled People

Everyone else, including me, needs to read Lucy’s letter, reflect on how she talks about something very important in measured, yet powerful terms, and consider how we might communicate more like this impressive woman.

Going back to communication school and learning more in the Heartland ….


About The Environment … Earth Day 2015

SnowIf you think your daily weather is a valid measure of climate change, you can probably skip this one …

INCONSISTENCY:  I think we may have just identified part of the problem when considering how to save our planet.  For the numbers, read this:  Americans Support Principle of Environmental Protection, Divided over Policy.

A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN:  For a very big suggestion on how to honor Earth Day 2015, watch this short but powerful video:  A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN

PLANT A TREE:  For something specific to do or just to learn more about the CANOPY PROJECT, click the image below: 

LEARN MORE:  For general information about Earth Day 2015, check out THE EARTH DAY NETWORK.

Earth Day FlagYou can take action for the sake of everyone alive now or who hopes to live on this planet in the future ..or you could just keep repeating “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” under your breath and not get serious about preservation, conservation, and renewal of our natural resources.


Trying to be on the right side of science, history, and Mother Earth in the Heartland  ….


Images:,, and Wikipedia.

Status Symbols …

Sport Car“Status Symbol:  What your neighbor has two of and you don’t have one of.”

Author:  Unknown but astute

Well, most of us are familiar with the creeping sense of envy that comes from someone else having something we do not have.   Interesting that when we see someone else with something we do not have, we often then want that thing … regardless of other logic about whether we need that thing.

Entire industries depend on this very human foible … a notable example being the consumer electronics folks, who love to come up with something we did not know we wanted until we saw the ads and inhaled their heady promises of paradise reached.

This applies pretty much the same to work situations, life style choices, and all that stuff on the Wheel of Life.  It’s not just about way smarter and bendable smartphones or ever-lighter laptop/tablet/combos. 

You may be holding on to career and work-life goals simply because you see others who have attained those goals. You may engage in behaviors and have aspirations because you believe you are supposed to do or want them?  

Maybe you have trouble clearly delineating your authentic hopes and dreams, because you allow what others hope, dream, and do to sway your thinking.

So the questions to ponder today are simple:

What are you lusting after because someone else has it?

Why are you doing this to yourself?

What could you do instead?

Wondering how to get hold of the latest and greatest portable electronic communications device in the Heartland ….


Image:  From and in no way representative of the author’s dreams or desires … I’d want one in electric blue, for goodness’ sake.