Amazing Space

This is Toronto (upside-down)……. Commander Chris Hadfield took plenty of beautiful photographs from space. I was particularly struck by these two. The one above shows Toronto (my home town) fro ma different perspective. The one below shows just how high they were in orbit. …And how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things….

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Kurt Vonnegut on storytelling

Mr. V. sure knew how to spin a story The following eight points are Vonnegut’s clear-eyed advice to writers of short stories, and while it some of it — like being a sadist — doesn’t exactly apply to business stories (LOL), much of it does. Get to the point, he says, create a rooting interest (a…

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What Michael Lewis keeps telling us

I finally got around to reading The Big Short by one of the finest financial writers of our time, Michael Lewis. While he’s more famous for writing Moneyball and the Blind Side, both of which were made into popular movies, the Big Short is a great book in its own right. Especially if you like…

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Nothing worthwhile comes without a struggle

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph,” Thomas Paine wrote during the dark days of the American Revolution. “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ’tis dearness only that gives everything its value.” Paine knew that without struggle there is no real sense of accomplishment. Merriam-Webster defines accomplishment as a special…

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The Five Laws of Business Writing

1. Always tell the truth 2. Every story is an experience 3. Every story has a hero 4. Every hero has a goal 5. Every hero must meet obstacles Why truth? Because in an age of information overkill, truth is rare. Why experience? Because the audience must connect and be transformed. Why a hero? Because…

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