I am in the middle of my triennial tradition of reading “On Writing Well“, the masterpiece by William Zinsser. I love his bidding for brevity: Examine every word you put on paper. You’ll find a surprising number that don’t serve any purpose. It reminds me of the same edict from Winston Churchill in 1940: To … Continue reading The Beauty of Brevity
There is a new flyover bridge opening in Las Vegas tomorrow, 12 July 2017. It’s set to open at 10:30AM after a small ceremony. It’s been a large undertaking and is predicted to be the second busiest intersection in the state of Nevada. We’re all looking forward to it, but having it open reminds me … Continue reading A new bridge and an old story
Note: This is a portion of a talk I gave at the Shadow Mountain Stake Conference held June 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
I’ve learned a lot about mirrors in the last little while. It’s my sons fault. We were reading a book together about how things work. We got to the part about mirrors and it really caught my attention. I want to share a couple mirror facts with you tonight.
So let’s talk about mirrors and reflect on them.
How was that for a dad joke?
As you know, most mirrors are smooth pieces of glass. One side of the glass is painted with a shiny metal. The smooth glass allows light in and the shiny metal bounces it back giving you a reflection.
But did you know, for instance, that mirrors do not work in the dark. Of course you know you can’t see yourself because it’s dark but it’s not just you. The mirror is off.
Think about that. If you were in a dark room, even with some superpower night goggles that gave you night vision, you would not see a reflection of you in the mirror because there is not light to be returned to you.
That just gets crazier the more I think about it.
One other more mirror lesson I recently read that will become the basis of what I want to talk about this evening.
A friend described this graph as “Poetry, in data.” So much can be told from these six roaming lines. A few observations of my own. 1) enjoy your friends while you’re young, but don’t base your self-worth or life choices on them. Few of them will be there in the long run. … Continue reading The Roaming Lines of Life
I’ve been flying for work quite a bit lately. Each time as I return to Las Vegas, I’m happy to see the desert floor stretching out below because I’ll soon be returning to my home and family. I’m not sure how many different pathways a plane can take to McCarran Airport, but I’ve noticed a … Continue reading Two Sides of Red Rock
Just about one year ago, I sold my company. Because I believe in the product, and the future growth, I rolled a lot of the value over into the new company. To be wise, I did take some chips off the table as well. A dad sleeps better at night when debt is gone, the … Continue reading Real World Betterment Results
Here are two app suggestions that can help your Sabbath Day become more of a delight today. Journaling Day One is my favorite journal app. You might take some time to record the way that you’ve been blessed in your life, and your current struggles. Both will be beneficial to look back on later in … Continue reading Two apps for a more productive Sabbath
I love this time of year when the early morning shadows fall heavy on the mountain in front of my home. Ever since I was young, I’d look across the desert at Gass Peak and the mountain that had become my “North.” One year ago today, after a sleepless night, I took this photo as … Continue reading Refuge from the Storm
The first time I went to Japan, my trip had a rough start. I flew across the Pacific ocean in seats too small and landed in Tokyo at about 4PM. I was eager to get to a comfortable hotel for a shower and a place to lay down. In my usual “I’ll figure it out … Continue reading A guidance for happy living
It’s been a week since LDS General Conference. It makes me sad that the world has so much going on that can push the messages from our lives so quickly. It takes a conscious effort to not let that happen. Of all the lessons that were shared, it’s these lines that have stuck with me the … Continue reading Oct 2016 General Conference: One week later