Almanac 2021 | Book Review

National Geographic’s Almanac 2021 is a dazzling compendium of scientific subjects, trending topics, travel teasers and inspiring ideas, each page illustrated or accompanied by stunning photographs and graphics that whet the appetite for adventure and the crave for knowledge. When I first received my copy, I started doing what I intended to be a quick…

The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson | Book Review

Sarah Stewart Johnson, in her book The Sirens of Mars, recounts her experience as a planetary scientist traveling to largely uninhabitable parts on Earth to better understand the challenge of exploring Mars. But while that alone makes for scintillating content, the focus of her book is on chronicling the studies that have yielded the information…

Spring Forward With These Non Fiction Reads

Now that those of us in the northeast have endured the spring-forward time change as well as a blizzard that seemed to have come out of nowhere, it is time to start burrowing out of winter hibernation and thinking instead about how to make a better place in the world that is opening back up…

Best And Worst

A few days ago, I posted a couple of videos on my YouTube channel of the top 10 most influential Fiction and Non Fiction reads of 2016. If you haven’t seen them, click the pictures below to watch my recaps. Fiction   The novels that influenced me most were: 10. Olive Kitteridge /Elizabeth Street 9….

2016 Most Influential Non Fiction Reads

One of my 2016 reading goals was to read 100 books in a year. In January, I thought I would go for an even split and read 50 fiction and 50 non-fiction. While I met my overall goal of 100 books, the even split didn’t really happen – I only read 35 NF titles. I’d signed up…

Good Judgment

There is a science and an art to prediction. Computers can handle the science really well. Put some factors in an algorithm and a well-programmed computer can tell you all the possible next steps but as to which of those possibilities will lead to the best outcome for some potential scenario you have created, even IBM’s supercomputer…

New Favorite Authors in 2016

2016 isn’t over but everyone seems to be ready to do year-end wrap-ups and so on. I don’t want to rush December. One, because I’ve been enjoying this year and am so not ready for it to be over and two because I still have a lot of goals I am chasing this month so…

Weapons of Math Destruction

“Math is life” is a statement I tout to my students often. But quite often in our society, the way we use math is to our detriment, instead of our benefit. Weapons of Math Destruction is a fascinating description of the algorithms we use to describe and predict life and how we are affected by those…

November Goals

Looking back at October, it wasn’t a bust but it wasn’t a great success either. I read a little, wrote a little, worked out a little, paid a little better attention to my diet, saved a little, made some new friends. Nothing extraordinary. Not that my new friends aren’t extraordinary because most of them are….

30 Non-Fiction Books I Rated 

  Rethink It/ Michael Cohen 4 24 Keys That Bring Complete Success/ Paul Meyer 5 The Smartest Kids In The World/ Amanda Ripley 4 Intentional Living/ John Maxwell 5 Jumpstart Your Growth/ John Maxwell 5 WELLth/ Jason Wachob 4 Why Diets Fail/ Nicole Avena 3 The Art of People/ Dave Kerpen 4 Business Secrets From…

Does It Matter Who Moved The Cheese?

The cheese is gone! Does it really matter who moved it? Or where it’s been moved to? “Who moved my cheese?” I ask. Why do I think the cheese belonged to me? The only thing that matters is that the cheese is gone and since I wasn’t the one who put it there in the first…

The Richest Man In Babylon

“Do you have the soul of a slave or a free man?” That’s the question the mistress asks the man when he tells her he’s been sold into slavery but he doesn’t deserve to be one. Her response prompts in him, a question, not about his circumstances but of how he got to those circumstances and…