CBO July 2014

Chat with Richard: The Impending Fiscal Cliff

On July 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their annual budget outlook. Read the full report. The report paints a difficult future for the US Government and the overall economy. This outlook projects out to 2039, 25 years which would put me at 55 years old. Let me first present our current situation. The […]


I Wanted to be an Architect

Growing up I also wanted to be an architect. But when I saw the amount of engineering that went into design, I took a different path. But the cool thing is that I still get to create. Whether I am taking photos, painting, doing construction, or leading seminars and workshops, I still get to create […]

Focus – on Dreaming

Selected Life Lesson On starting my business; the hardest part was to just do it or put my thoughts into action. -Connie D’s Life Lesson from Monticello, Iowa Richard’s Thoughts… Take a quick look at the volume and issue number of this week’s Focus. Five years and 52 issues. This is the final issue of […]

FOCUS: To Do Lists

Selected Life Lesson Hard work yields results. -Daniel F’s Life Lesson from Independence, Kansas Richard’s Thoughts… Last week I checked off a new item on my Life To Do List. Before I tell you what it was, I must ask, “How is progress on your list going?” In our busy lives, it can be easy […]

Be Original

In the land of so much noise, we have to pick and choose what messages we actually pay attention to and let into our lives. I have actually become pretty strict with what I let into my life now, and it is a goal of mine here in 2013 to be super-focused. But it is […]

You’ve Been Fired. Now What?

Three weeks ago I was let go from my job. There I said it. Taking the stairs down for the last time was definitely an emotional experience. And as I stood in the lobby of our office building in the Flatiron District here in the big city, I held back my tears. But the first […]

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

Review: Proust Was a Neuroscientist

I have been wanting to read this book for awhile, and it was definitely worth the wait. While it was not a page-turner in the sense that I couldn’t put it down, the book for the most part, provides the framework for neuroscience research past, current and future and how art often times, when given […]