Quoted: The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge, et al.

Find it here or at your library.

I’m flipping way back in my notebook for this quote. I’m fairly certain I read this book in 2011 when I was learning as much as I could about the environment and sustainability.

…it is easy for people seeking to create new products, processes, and business models for life beyond the Industrial Age Bubble to become so absorbed in advocating for what they think needs to change that they pay little attention to how they will build and sustain the relationships needed to achieve the change.

Yup. This may have been the book that made me realize that what is needed is not discussion about the environment and sustainability, but action. Less talking. More doing.

Quoted: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I felt like I was 2000-and-late to read The Happiness Project, since it was published in 2009 and it’s now 2017, but I found a lot of good gems in it. One that resonates with me is the idea of just do what you do to be happy.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is “You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.” I have a lot of notions about what I wish I liked to do, about the subjects and occupations that I wish interested me. But it doesn’t matter what I wish I were like. I am Gretchen.


“Do what you do” is helpful because it points you to examining your behavior rather than your self-conception and therefore may be a clearer guide to your preferences.”

It was kind of a “duh” moment for me to read this–it makes perfect sense! And, I’ve done this in a way before. For periods of time, I’ve had an evening ritual of writing down things I did during the day that made me feel happy or satisfied and used those mini lists as guidelines for what I should do more of. It was a gratitude list with a mission.



I haven’t even finished reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr yet, but there are so many good nuggets of knowledge and wisdom. The copyright is 2015 (who knows how long Mary Karr was writing it?), but there are some timely quotes. (Sometimes, I have to remind myself that the entire history of the world/universe had led to this very moment.)

Here are some quotes that will be added to my notebook:

Nothing protects us against practiced liars and hucksters; nothing ever will.

What rankles me lately, though, is a sweeping tendency to deny even the possibility of truth.

In an off-kilter paradox, our strange cynicism about truth as a possibility has permitted us to accept all manner of bullshit on the page.

Our desire for spectacle has led many story-concocting “memoirists” into jacking up their tales, believing that the story with the most gunshots will win the biggest audience.

I’d go so far as it’s not just “story-concocting” memoirists, but journalists and “contentwriters, developers and managers posting crap on all facets of the Internet.


The American religion–so far as there is one anymore–seems to be doubt. Whoever believes the least wins, because he’ll never be found wrong.

Can I get a hashtag: truth?! I’ve been there: not taking the time for consideration. Not taking the effort to check-in with my intelligence and ask questions. Because, it takes time and effort, and, bonus! I’m never wrong.

It’s time to start calling out the bullshit and using my intelligence, supposedly strengthened by years of education. I invite you to do the same.


“We were falling into the exciting tingle of fake intimacy through email, where a few personal overshares, blended with a sprinkling of coy, overly specific compliments, mimic the sensation of falling in love (when in fact usually you are only falling in love with yourself and your ability to write a really top-notch flirty email).”

This is from Jessi Klein’s book You’ll Grow Out of It and it is a nugget of truth. The whole book is pretty good. You should read it.