A Pirate Looks at Forty

Yeah, I turned forty last week. And the question I've gotten more than any other is "How are you handling it?"

I don't get why turning 40 is such a big deal to people. Sure, it's a birthday (and absolutely should be celebrated as such), but there's nothing special about this particular birthday.

Think about it: why do we attach significance to 40, and not 33 or 58?

First, because it's the first such multiple representing the likely half-way mark of life...  for most people it's definitely past half-way. OK, I 

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Getting Traction on a Dream

Many years ago, I dreamed of one day presenting workshops and seminars for people who wanted to develop or transform themselves. That dream is starting to take shape.

Over the last four months, I've had the privilege of presenting four workshops on enhancing evaluation and feedback skills, two speeches on improving public speaking skills, and one training on using time management and communication tools effectively to be more productive in less time.

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Drupal Distractions

I think many of my good friends know I'm a Drupal expert... and the rest of you probably have no idea what Drupal is (even if you asked and I tried to explain).

I've been building quite a few websites lately both at my job and in my spare time. My reasons have been many, but it basically comes down to ultimately wanting to market my long-term dream. To do this I need a strong web presence, and to get there I want to build on a platform that can grow to the size of the dream, and that limits out most options. But Drupal can handle it.

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Which Wolf Wins the Fight?

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself. He said, "My boy, the fight is between two wolves." That certainly got the boy's attention. "One is evil," the old man continued. "Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego."

"What of the other, grandfather?" the boy asked.

"The other is good," he said. "Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Serenity, Humility, Kindness, Benevolence, Empathy, Generosity, Truth, Compassion and Faith."

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