Tag Archives: self-improvement

A New Path

Heading down a new path. Feeling appreciation for those who built the trails we tread. Feeling hopeful that I can live up to their dreams, and leave my place better than I found it. John. .  

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There’s Always Grad School

August is back-to-school time (unless you’re in Minnesota, then it’s one-last-trip-UpNorth time).  Two months on my new job trail and things are looking up, but if the usual suspects don’t come through, there’s always the option to go back to school. … Continue reading

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What Makes a Great Planner?

The Planning Institute of Australia—counterpart to our American Planning Association—is asking its members a simple question:  What Makes a Great Planner?  Kristy Kelly, PIA’s CEO, shared their inquiry on the LinkedIn APA discussion group recently.  As I’ve worked through my … Continue reading

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An Intervention in the Cult of Expertise: Noreena Hertz and Eyes Wide Open

This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything]. – Socrates, in Plato’s Apology The more I learn, the … Continue reading

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No Depression’s Crowdsourced Top 2011

My Top Tunes of 2011 is still sorting itself out (it is still 2011 through the end of next week). [Edit: JC’s Top Tunes of 2011]  No Depression‘s community ning, however, is amazingly well organized for a self-organizing successor to … Continue reading

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The Laborer’s Ends: Not a Hardship but a Pastime

Henry David Thoreau, comments in Walden, on the laborer’s ends: As I preferred some things to others, and especially valued my freedom, as I could fare hard and yet succeed well, I did not wish to spend my time in … Continue reading

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Gone to Camp

I am off to Scout camp.  In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, sometimes you have to set Living aside if you want to experience Life: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only … Continue reading

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Risk of Balance

Thinking about the nature of risk for a Staff Retreat this week.  I’m comfortable with the risk of leaving my comfort zone—the overused “thinking outside the box”.  And I’m comfortable with the risk of taking personal responsibility—challenging myself and other … Continue reading

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Lifetime Value of a College Degree

Urban Planning job prospects and other degree salary information by Online Degrees At my house we’re going thru that great American rite of passage, college admissions and financial aid applications (supplication).  I have some strong opinions (you never would have … Continue reading

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Seth's 15 Foundation Elements for Modern Biz

Seth Godin owns the web-o-sphere space between lengthy business/entrepreneur blogs (i.e. >200 words) and twitter (<140 characters).  Like the entry-a-day inspirational calendars, each business day a pithy point to ponder appears @thisissethsblog with periodic books published to satiate your self-help appetite. … Continue reading

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