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Alameda Writers Group: Pursuit, Pitfalls and Prizes


(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) Alameda Writers Group (AWG) Co-Presidents Scott and Gail Moss are stalkers. After viewing the filmTouching Home at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival in Florida, they were so impressed that they hunted down the twin brothers who wrote and directed the film, until they were able to meet them. Friendship ensued. Now,…

SXSW V2V and ZDoggMD: Healthcare Disrupted – You’re Gonna Love It

Dr. Zubin Damania

Healthcare has long been recognized as the most un-disruptable industry on earth. Until Dr. Zubin Damania came along, that is. Damania, the closing speaker at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas on July 16, 2014, spent 10 years as a doctor at Stanford. Although he won awards for clinical teaching during this period, he became increasingly frustrated with a medical system that, as he put it, “Pays you to do things to patients, instead of doing things for them.”

Love too much?

Can two people love each other too much? As my wife and I moved into our third decade of marriage, especially after I retired, we became more focused on just each other. She had no girlfriends, unless you count her manicurist, or the nurse at the doctor’s she’d info-dump on. We didn’t go to dinner…

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

— Benjamin Franklin

Out Loud!

At a recent meeting of a writers group, we were doing table-reads of our screenplays in order to critique and improve our writing. One of the participants was less than enthusiastic, lamenting that this would be better done on a computer before coming to the meeting. So, was he correct? Why do we read out…

One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything. — Beverly Donofrio

This observation, by the author of Riding in Cars with Boys,

Avoiding the Alligators

(Updated for 2016)
It’s resolution season, but resolutions are not enough. Why? Because most resolutions are “alligator” resolutions.

In the military there is a saying that “When you’re up to your behind in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your mission was to drain the swamp.” (Actually, the saying is slightly more colorful than that, but you get the idea.)

Our lives are full of “alligators” — that leak in the garage, the annoying number on the scale, the cigarettes in your pocket, the mess on the desk and more. But, as important or frustrating these may seem, they may not be the drivers we want for the next year. How do we find what is really important?

Wednesdays at Sadie’s


Originally published on the SAP Community Network –  How do you keep users involved and motivated to increase their SAP skills?  At Inland Empire Utilities Agency in Chino, California, they do it with “Wednesdays at Sadie’s” Every other Wednesday, Information Service’s hosts “Wednesdays at Sadie’s” in the Agency’s Sadie Alexander Training Room to demonstrate SAP…