Grand Canyon, Road Trip and Brad Pitt – O My!

I just finished the GQ Magazine article with Brad Pitt (because who wouldn’t?) about his divorce, finding himself and becoming a better man. OK, Eddie Vedder. The magazine took him to multiple national parks in California for the photo shoot, where Pitt apparently frolicked with the land and talked matcha tea during his “weird” time. Well I’m having a weird time, too. And I, too, am asking question of the futile world – which I think is OK. I see why GQ chose to bring our beloved Pitt to the wilderness (The Everglades, White Sands Continue reading Grand Canyon, Road Trip and Brad Pitt – O My!

Building a Brand with Trance-Loving Tiny Dancer (and Glitter)

There’s a cool phenomenon happening where experts in their field are becoming mini celebrities – brand ambassadors, influencers, call them what you will. I think it’s one of most culturally interesting and valuable things coming out of social media usage in business today. Savvy marketers know the return on investment in social media is limitless, so they know turning customers and employees into brand ambassadors … Continue reading Building a Brand with Trance-Loving Tiny Dancer (and Glitter)

BREAKING NEWS: Everyone is Watching the Oscars (Arts) Right Now

Everyone is watching the Oscars right now – not because it’s an entertaining evening of television (because it normally is not) – but because they want to know what great movies came out this past year. And not because we suddenly have an influx of film critics in the States. It’s because we want to escape en masse. Like, now. Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Everyone is Watching the Oscars (Arts) Right Now

Victor Quiroz Breaks it Down: The Importance of Being Mentored

Victor Quiroz, sales manager at Covina, CA-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and former national REthink Council member, answered the phone after only one ring. It was early on a Monday morning, the day after attending an Oakland Raiders football game (they won, by the way). I knew he was traveling and probably had a long night celebrating the win but he answered chipper and … Continue reading Victor Quiroz Breaks it Down: The Importance of Being Mentored

Talk About Breaking Molds: Dylan Gets Nobel Prize in Literature

Did you know just one generation ago, it was socially and culturally accepted to live our lives on other people’s terms? If Mike was still alive (remember, this blog is dedicated to him), I would have called him on my way home from work the day I found out Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan is one of those greats in music … Continue reading Talk About Breaking Molds: Dylan Gets Nobel Prize in Literature

On King Writing: A Review of Sorts

Recently, I made a personal goal to read one book a month. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s been a long time since I’ve read for pleasure. Why? Blame it on being traumatized studying literature in grad school or trying to stay inspired in business, or even in my small self-help phase. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King … Continue reading On King Writing: A Review of Sorts