Kirsten Nelson · Productivity · 17 hours 3 minutes ago

Projects that require intense focus and concentration can be exhausting and frustrating, especially if you’re frequently interrupted by text, email, phone calls, other projects and duties.

Multitasking has been shown to kill productivity. Instead of getting more done, multitasking (or more accurately, switch-tasking) trains your brain to focus more on distractions. If you …

Bob Hughes · Business Hot Topics · 1 day ago

What kind of year was it?

Well, it depends on where you were. If you were an author published by an imprint of Hachette, then the months-long dispute between Amazon and Hachette interested you greatly. You were losing “buy now” sales, and you were worried about the power of the internet powerhouse.

If you were at work in another publishing venture, or if you’re an agent, it interested you somewhat, as perhaps a sign of the further weakening of traditional publishing.

If you were a …

Bob Hughes · 'We Values' Popular Culture · 2 days ago
holiday, pendulum

Yes, Virginia, kids still write letters to Santa.

And Santa – or his helpers – actually write back.

At least those helpers do who participate in the U.S. Postal Service’s “Operation Santa” initiative. It’s available in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In it, volunteers respond to one or a few of the thousands upon thousands of letters that local post offices receive – letters addressed to Santa c/o the North Pole.

What’s more community-minded and WE Cycle than people …

Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · 3 days ago
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“Easy Eddie” O’Hare is a dirty lawyer in the pay of Chicago’s Al Capone. Not wanting to see his son get pulled into a life of criminal activity, Easy Eddie sends 13 year-old “Little Eddie” to military school, where he pursues an interest in marksmanship and becomes president of the rifle club.

When the Feds begin to close in on Al for tax evasion, Easy Eddie dodges a prison sentence by turning over the documents that send Al to the Graybar Hotel. With Capone safely tucked …

Bob Hughes · Small Actions · 6 days ago

During the holiday season, we are urged to remember the needy. But we tend to overlook the homeless. We look past them, or consider them a nuisance, an eyesore, as less than human, even.

Mark Bustos doesn’t feel that way, apparently. This hair stylist, who cuts the locks of celebrity clients such as Norah Jones, takes his scissors and his talent, and his generosity and kindness, to the streets on Sundays,