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October 24, 2014

Happydog Guest Blog

Every month, one of my friends, colleagues or students will be a guest blogger, answering the question, "What makes you happy?" Checkout this month's guest post: 


Pete Amrhein, Retail Buyer and Rock Band Lead Singer

Sometimes you don’t really know what makes you happy until you stumble over it. You can LOOK and CLIMB for a mountaintop and then not, like, actually DIG BEING THERE...

October 18, 2014

The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

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Written in 2008, The Last Lecture is now a bit well-aged, but believe me, it is still highly relevant and chocked full of brilliant, principle-centered messages for your life today. Additionally, it is a fun, easy and quick read. I highly recommend it.


You may remember Dr. Randy Pausch. He was a pr...

October 10, 2014

Riding the Dragon with Hands Raised

By: Patrick Bishop


Note: although never published previously, the majority of this post was written in 2004 and some of the stats (particularly the rankings listed in the opening sentence) may have changed since then. One stat I know has changed, my daughter is now 17, not six...


Shivering Timbers, the world’s fourth-fastest, fourth-longest, and ninth-largest woo...

October 3, 2014

Every month, I post one of my poems (paired with one of my pictures), sharing its origin and some of its essence. Here is my Poem & Pic of the Month for October 2014:


Not Now, I'm Busy

by Patrick Bishop


Where does the rush of day come from?

And the buzz of night?

Fed by our insatiable appetite

for more, more, more!

Question: How are you?

Correct answer: Busy.

This never-ending busyness

worn like a badge o...

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