Just keep going

I was sooo comfortable in my table seat on the commuter train.  Laptop plugged in, wireless Internet on and cranking through my email.  Best of all, there was no one else sitting at my table to bother me. But that was about to change. “Next stop, Fremont station!”  The train squealed to a stop.  Shooom,…

Coyote ugly

Our hero rips down the road at blinding speed, kicking up a vapor trail of sand that lingers in the hot heavy air of the Nevada desert.  He’s running for his life you know… being chased by a relentless predator who wants to eat him for lunch.  He suddenly stops on a dime in front of a…

Recession pep talk #3

Has the death of Michael Jackson pushed the recession out of the headlines, or are things really getting better?  I’m not talking about leading economic indicators.  I’m wondering what’s going on inside your mind.  Aren’t you tired of worrying and behaving like things are going to get worse? I’m not being naïve – there are…

Which tree do you see?

There’s a famous Barbara Walters interview question – “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?”  Or maybe it was Gilda Radner making fun of Baba Wawa on SNL.  Whatever. This dead tree caught my eye during my morning commute.  I had to pull over and take a photo; maybe it was the…

Life tasting

Connoisseurs know how to taste fine wine.  You look at it, swish it, smell it, say something intelligent, close your eyes, take a sip, let it sit on your tongue and then… spit it out?  What’s up with that?!  Apparently this practice allows you to taste many more wines at the same sitting without getting…

Father’s Day fish story

Click to watch this 8-minute “story with a point” video.  I’d like to dedicate it to my father, Jim Goad, who organized a memorable fishing trip in March.  Added bonus:   My dad’s stated secret to happiness… “Looking forward to waking up each day, and finding something positive to be thankful for.”  Thanks Dad!      …

The secret ingredient

Coca-Cola has its closely guarded classic formula.  KFC has its 11 herbs and spices.  My Grandma’s famous noodles are made without a written recipe.  Each one has created a long-lasting legacy based on “the secret ingredient.”  The magic that holds it together… the one thing you can’t do without.  But what’s the secret ingredient that…