Have you ever heard someone use a phrase that immediately made you think of a song? It happened to me the other day in church.   The pastor was reading from the book of Ecclesiastes. The instant he began with the words, for everything there is a season, I began singing along with the … Continued

  “Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.” – Emma Coats, Pixar Studios   I attended a funeral this week. And, as those often do, it got me thinking about a lot of things. One of them was a night around a … Continued

  Why is it so difficult to follow your own advice? I dealt with this problem the other day. I have a rule for my graduate students called the 10-minute rule. Basically, the rule says that if you are working on a project, and you get stuck for more than 10 minutes, you should stop … Continued

  Although the Christmas holiday season has come and gone, I’ve been thinking about a scene from one of my favorite holiday movies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The film was released in 1987. Steve Martin plays the role of Neal Page, a successful but buttoned-up marketing executive struggling to make it home for the holidays. In … Continued