Hans Roslings 2006 talk at TED is one of the most eye opening inspiring messages I’ve seen. I’ve been telling people this for years. With a few exceptions, the world is becoming a better place every day. The sky isn’t falling and the things aren’t going to hell in a hand basket. Could things be better? Yes, and they are getting better and they will continue to get better. The shrinking of the globe via transportation, trade, and the internet is improving the lives of billions of people. Does globalization have problems? Yes, but it has far more opportunities to improve all of our lives. We certainly don’t want to go back to the world of the 1950s, when so many people lived in isolation from each other. Our natural desire is to expand and grow – globally.

I enjoy nostalgia. The Retroist has some good stuff. I really like the commercials he/she saved from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

I love to find tips on writing well. Here are 150 resources. I wish I had time to write more.

If you are a citizen journalist or just an amateur photographer, you probably know there are people that want to silence you. Don’t let them! Know your rights and carry a copy of them with you. You have as much right to photograph in public as anyone in the press.

American literacy rates are dismal. It isn’t because we spend too little on education; it’s because as a culture, we don’t value reading and writing. I don’t have to tell my readers this, but I will anyway… Do what you can support literacy. Read books, buy books, sell books, write books, and be part of the solution. We can turn this around one person at a time.

I’m not an anti-TV nazi, but I only watch about an hour a week. There are just so many other ways I like to spend my time. This post brings it home. The writer quit watching TV and started a business and funded his/her retirement.

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We all need to tell more stories. Do you agree?
If you are into personal development, the science of getting rich, and the law of attraction… Have I told you? You’ve got see Lyman Reed’s fantastic collection of free ebooks, audio programs, and videos at Creating a Better Life. He just added more this week.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the Law of Attraction. I hear people call it pseudo science. Whatever… It isn’t magic, it is hard work to harness the law. Aaron Potts debunks some common misconceptions.

Commuting is one the most inefficient uses of resources in the world (energy, time, and lost life). There has to be better way. GenX Finance shows you what it could cost you.