Shovels and Rope

Halloween night, while most folks were taking kids out trick or treating, or handing out candy to said trick or treaters, I stole away for a little concert at Fitzgerald’s. My only regret is that nobody joined me – my extra ticket went unused – because this was an outstanding show. Willy Watson led off the evening … Read more

Check Your Rate

Freelance Switch used to have a great little calculator to help freelancers determine their rates. Envato now owns them and I’m not sure yet how I feel about that. I did come across YourRate the other day and I think it’s a nice little tool if you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer or simply want … Read more

The End of the Table

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been struggling with purpose, motivation, direction, and focus. Part of my problem simply comes down to poor planning, over commitment, and setting unrealistic expectations. It’s like a punch in the gut every time I look at my to do list and realize how much I have NOT accomplished. I’ve set … Read more

Give Yourself a Break

I had plans for today. They’ve changed. I’m okay with that, if only because it’s given me additional opportunity to read and write. I’ve been struggling lately to find purpose, motivation, and direction. That lack of focus has kept me from reading and writing as much as I’d like to. That really sucks. I’m also … Read more

Embrace the Unknown

Ashlee Christian, at Freelancer’s Union: Worry is commonly caused by a fear of the unknown. Which is of course ridiculous when you stop to think of it, because EVERYTHING is unknown to us. The more time you spend using your time effectively, the less time you will have to worry and stress out. Since pretty much … Read more

Life Of A Drifter

Doctor or lawyer, I’ll never be. Life of a drifter – only life for me. You can have your riches, all the gold you saved. Cause’ ain’t room for one thing in everybody’s grave. Clutch – “Electric Worry“ Ever since seeing Clutch at RiotFest in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, I haven’t been able to get these … Read more

Time To Think

If you’re not already aware of Dave Pell’s Next Draft, check it out and get the app. He provides an excellent blend of news and interesting reading. This gem from yesterday’s issue came at the perfect time. From the New York Times: “No Time to Think”: But you can’t solve or let go of problems … Read more

Start With the Closet

I’m reading the book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown. It’s excellent. As most of you know I’ve been on a bit of a minimalism kick for the past few years. Hell, the first word in the Duce Enterprises tag line is “simplify”. Why? Because we’ve all gone a little crazy with … Read more