I spend a lot of time trying to formulate a core life thesis that can guide my actions, decisions and goals in life. Historically, I've been pretty good at setting and achieving goals each quarter or year, but I wanted to go a level deeper and uncover a framework that could encompass how I spend … Continue reading To Freely Choose How I Create
What a year. From running a marathon on Antarctica to running around the hospital as Erin used cancer to fake her way to insurance paying for a boob job (eat that United Healthcare!), we’ve been full throttle. Work. Kid’s activities. Except I wasn’t really working. And our kids aren’t in that many activities. So the … Continue reading 2018 Holiday Letter – Boobs and All
I've always loved the rock cairns people spend so much time and energy sourcing and building along paths, river fronts and lakes. To me, they stand as silent reminders of the creator. I was here. I mattered for more than the moment I was here. Even if not permanent, there is meaning in this organization … Continue reading Markers on the Path
I had a unique opportunity to join my father, Robert Brooks, in a book signing for our recently published mystery novel The Clown Forest Murders. Aside from getting further pictorial evidence of what I'll clearly look like in 30 years, we were both asked by the Obama-inauguration sized crowd to share what it had been like to … Continue reading Co-Writing: 3.5 Tips to Avoid Murder Charges
Your start out in the airport on a trip home from Vegas. Just a bloody mary. And maybe a beer. To help ease the pain of real life and the extra beer or six from the night before at the blackjack table. Then you get home and Tiger Woods is on, so you definitely need … Continue reading Sliding Out of Vegas
https://www.youtube.com/embed/hBWDIzHldPg?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Epicurus had a philosophy of happiness. He believed that we were missing the whole joy of living by ignoring the simple pleasures like freedom, nature, friends and contemplation. His message from 350 BC seems even more urgent today than it did back then. When you consider the Converor Belt Lifestyle of today where from … Continue reading REBLOG – The Rat Race~A suckers bet! — Seven Spheres
Re-entry is hard. It's hard for a spaceship returning from orbit. It's hard for an interstellar rock. They sometimes burn up. They sometimes explode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvFcY9rTPx8&feature=youtu.be Anyone who read some previous posts knows I went pretty dark once the races of the World Marathon Challenge started. We finished last Monday, February 5th and then I went … Continue reading Houston, we have a problem.
The correct answer to this question is always 'I don't want to be a cat. I want to be a dog.' But for the purposes of this discussion one of the dogs is dead and the other dog is as dumb as a box of turnips locked to a bike rack, so we're sticking with … Continue reading Which Cat Do You Want to Be?
This morning, I woke up at 6AM. I emptied the dishwasher and made coffee for my wife. We sat together, talked, read from some daily inspiration books and wrote in our journals. God damn Deepak Chopra over here. At about 7AM we let out a large collective sigh and woke the kids. I am sure … Continue reading I don’t understand how every stay-at-home parent isn’t a raging drunk
As the 2018 global Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wraps up in Las Vegas, power outage or not, I can’t help but reminisce about the years I spent there as we were creating SmartThings. Our first CES was in 2013. At the time we weren’t in production with our product, but that didn’t stop us from … Continue reading It all comes down to what you’re creating….