SMARTY Aim Setting for Wingnuts (2021 edition)

Here's an annual message in a bottle: it's time to set goals for next year! (But this year, it's not goals. It's aims. More on that below.) I'm not the goal-setting type.I prefer to wing it. That's my strength. When it comes to setting goals, I'm a wingnut. Goals seem...

ANNOUNCING: Pandemonia (Poems In Seclusion)

This is a new book, free for the asking. So ask. I have no time for publishing it as a book, so it will be stapled and mailed to you on the cheap. I hope you're happy. I hope you're satisfied. I hope you can sleep at night. Here's How To get your copy, at no charge to...

“Ethical Will” [Poem with video]

For years, I have taught workshops on writing ethical wills. I have drafted my own, but never felt finished. With this poem, I feel complete. This poem is my ethical will. A Jewish tradition, ethical wills pass ethical values to the next generation. In recent years,...

“The Fourth Turning” [Poem with video]

The Fourth Turning Who wouldn't jump on a plane To Monaco, Key West, and Spain? Hot cars! Fresh honey! The haves have money! Take a selfie! The Reichstag's a'flame! The title refers to The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - What the Cycles of History Tell Us About...

“The Next Pandemic” [Poem with video]

After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poet Beth Weinstock. We met on May 31 for a Poetry Circle during which we read poems -- finished and unfinished -- to the other and then comment with encouragement and criticism. Here is the...

“Do The Pandemic” [Poem with video]

After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poets Beth Weinstock and Steve Abbott. We met on May 17 for a Poetry Circle during which poets read poems -- finished and unfinished -- to the others and then comment with encouragement and...

“Now You Know” [Poem with video]

After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poets Beth Weinstock and Steve Abbott. We met on May 17 for a Poetry Circle during which poets read poems -- finished and unfinished -- to the others and then comment with encouragement and...

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“The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About,” Huffington Post by Gretchen Kelly — for men who stare at women they don’t know

That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman — for anyone who wants to better understand gender at work

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit — for men who want to find out if (when) they are buffoons

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — for anyone who wants to better understand racial privilege

Are YOU Ready to Succeed?: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life by Srikumar S. Rao — for Type A people living in a post-industrial society

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie — for creative freelancers (and those who hire them)

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron — to reignite your creativity (buy the paperback and use it like a workbook)