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Time is a Solvent

An auction house is an island of cast-offs and misfits where the rejected and broken feel finally at home. I am speaking of the merchandise, of course, not of the people. Perhaps I am speaking of the people, as well. From the age of 18, Pennie and I have searched for buried treasure in auction &hellip Continue reading »

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2013: When the Tribe Becomes a Gang

Every “Me” cycle in society begins with: 1. a beautiful dream of freedom from restraint 2. a hunger for self-expression 3. a search for individuality Our last “Me” cycle began in 1963 and reached its zenith in 1983 when freedom from restraint had evolved into conspicuous consumption and individuality was being “self-expressed” through costumes, big &hellip Continue reading »

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Tigers Do Not Purr

A Look at Choices and Consequences You wrestle with lions daily. Lions are powers outside yourself:┬ácircumstance and serendipity, fate and phenomenon, bad luck and good. A lion can oppose or assist you. It can be your enemy or friend. A gang of lions is called a pride. Interesting. Unlike lions, tigers are solitary. Your tiger &hellip Continue reading »

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How Jack Became a Dull Boy

Jack became dull when he failed to free the beagle in his brain. You let your beagle romp and play, don’t you? Don’t you? The beagle in your brain connects nonlinear events – think of these events as a collection of dots – to reveal fantastic patterns. Intuition. Humor. Leap of Faith. These are just &hellip Continue reading »

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Possibility Thinking

The mind wants closure, for everything to add up and make sense, for there to be no loopholes, paradoxes or remainders. Intellect wants to believe that it has the answers, that is sees beyond broken logic, that it is ultimately in control, that there is no force greater than itself. In short, humans want to &hellip Continue reading »

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Do You Have a Book in You?

One by one, ten men and Holly Buchanan had risen to tell us their names and a little about themselves. Now it was time for the distinguished, older gentleman in the back row to stand and do the same. “My name is Keith Miller and after listening to each of you tell a little about &hellip Continue reading »

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Is Happiness a Reasonable Goal?

One of my great joys is to monitor the online discussions between Wizard Academy graduates. From astrophysics to advertising to albino monkeys, you never know what question will be posed by one to be pondered by all. Recently, Lisa Davis stepped sideways from a discussion about Business Problem Topology to blurt out, “Is Happiness a &hellip Continue reading »

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Free. The Beagle.

Do you remember the birth of the beagle in June, 2001*?. In much the same way that Fraser began as Diane’s boyfriend in a single episode of Cheers and then went on to become a regular and then to have a show of his own, the happy little beagle has emerged from a single Monday &hellip Continue reading »

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The Exact Science of Creativity

It was during the Business Topology module of the Magical Worlds curriculum that John Quarto-vonTivadar raised his shy hand and quietly asked, “Have you ever studied TRIZ?” Seeing the blank look on my face, John knew instantly that he might as well have asked, “How much should a hamster weigh?” “No, John, I’ve never even &hellip Continue reading »

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Are You Making the Old Mistakes?

You need some new ideas because the old ones aren’t working. The time has come to reinvent your product and your company, maybe even yourself. But the only framework within which you can visualize a new system is the old system. Like a dog chasing its tail, you keep coming back to the same old &hellip Continue reading »

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