Did you know…

Did you know... ... that today is Ballpoint Pen Sales Day? In 1945, the first ballpoint pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented. New York's Gimbels Department Store described the new pen as a "fantastic... miraculous fountain pen ... guaranteed to write for two years without refilling!" On that first day of … Continue reading Did you know…

Brain pickings newsletter I like

This is the Brain Pickings midweek pick-me-up: Once a week, I plunge into my fourteen-year archive and choose something worth resurfacing and resavoring as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit. (If you don't yet subscribe to the standard Sunday newsletter of new pieces published each week, you can sign up here — it's free.) If you missed last … Continue reading Brain pickings newsletter I like

back in the tube – seth godin newsletter

Back in the tube There are two kinds of mistakes. One is the sort where failure is not noticeable because failure means that you didn’t engage with an audience. If you do an art show and no one comes, no one realizes that your art show failed. The other is harder to walk away from. … Continue reading back in the tube – seth godin newsletter

“All anecdote and no data”

“All anecdote and no data” That’s a criticism, of course. A report, study or testimony that’s all anecdote with no data carries little in the way of actionable information. On the other hand, if you want to change people’s minds, “all data and no anecdote” isn’t going to get you very far. We act on … Continue reading “All anecdote and no data”


WORD OF THE DAY Mien meenPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, early 16th century 1A person's look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood.   Examples of Mien in a sentence "The children all had a particularly cheerful, friendly mien." "She was elegant and regal, with the mien of a queen."