Category Archives: books

Triple Bill for the Weekend

Whiling away the weekend, I thought maybe I’d share a threesome of recent pleasures for your weekend entertainment: some music, a movie, and a book that have recently tickled my fancy. Blue Mountain The Grateful Dead’s perennial kid, Bob Weir,  has aged … Continue reading

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One Flew Over a Great Notion

or, Sometimes a Cuckoo Nest… Today would have been Ken Kesey’s birthday, so my twisted title pays tribute to his best known works, his debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the second novel, Sometimes A Great Notion. Lots … Continue reading

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Casa Dexter Bulletin Board

Confession: most of my blog entries are not actually written on the Back Porch. Oh, sure, I start out there sometimes, making notes or outlines, but almost all of the writing actually takes place inside at my desk. I tipped you off to that … Continue reading

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SXSWedu 2016: 2 Angles on Storytelling

Storytelling powers our most engaging experiences — learning is just another example. Here are my doodles from a couple of SXSWedu 2016 sessions centering on storytelling, along with a few added notes. Creating Viral-Worthy Creative Classroom Content How can you create … Continue reading

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Scoring SuperBetter to Win Your Life

Completing our series on getting superbetter — for now! In the last set of blog posts here, I’ve examined the 7 Gameful Rules of SuperBetter. Applying those rules to any struggle in life can help you develop the resiliency needed to rise up … Continue reading

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So SuperBetter ’16

So, I finally got around to reading SuperBetter, the latest book by games guru and futurist, Jane McGonigal. McGonigal launched SuperBetter, the free public game for improving personal resiliency, back in 2012, fresh on the heels of her 2011 best-selling book, … Continue reading

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Re-viewing Aralyn and Austin

Recently, I wrote of a double-delight day with a morning that started out in a bar, the Highball, with Aralyn Hughes and about 100 Austin creatives, and my evening started off with Austin Kleon’s combination homecoming & book-signing for his new Steal … Continue reading

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