Echoes through time: Definition of a gentleman

“The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even […]

Oh, is that the time?


Writing – worry if you are completely satisfied @execupundit

Top writing tips from Michael Wade, here. … inspired by even topper tips from Sippican Cottage, here.

Pensieri da Nicholas Bate

The inspiring and productive Nicholas Bate is on a roll. Here, he offers a free PDF download of his mini-book, In Three. In the meantime, I‘ve been enjoying his latest mini-book, Pensieri, which arrived just in time for a period of pondering and planning. Consequently, I think I have a plan that is grounded, ambitious, […]

Four simple questions for writers – @thisissethsblog

An essential starting point for any writer, on any project: What is it for? Who are you? Who is it for? Will it spread? Read the full detail on Seth Godin’s blog, here.

Social media, politics and narrative – @roughtype

Here’s a great essay from Nicholas Carr on social media’s effect on the US presidential campaign, and much more.  It explores how social media is different from previous media – not necessarily better or worse, but different – and how that requires a different approach: “The message, as always, has to fit the medium.” Reflecting […]

Non-stop mellow – @GDRadio

The soundtrack for my current work and writing is the very wonderful Grateful Dead Radio (  Non-stop streaming of concerts by the Grateful Dead and off-shoots; what more do you need? On my first, and so far only, trip to San Francisco, I drove in from San Diego with Grateful Dead Radio on the hire […]

Echoes through time: the power of metaphor #writing

“Now strange words simply puzzle us; ordinary words convey only what we know already; it is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.” Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Rhetoric

Show up, sit down and write

This, Seth Godin’s 6,000th blog post reminds me of Steven Pressfield’s exhortation to… Put your ass where your heart wants to be.  

Advice to students – @execupundit

Sound advice from Michael Wade, applicable to students of all ages and intensities: 2.  Don’t just take notes. You are a student, not a stenographer. Try to boil down the concepts into plain language. Pretend that you are teaching the subject to a friend. 4.  Remember that you are learning a subject, not dictating its […]

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