Poetry Saturday: Carlos Bernardo Gonzalez Pecotche

from Bases for Your Conduct, a compilation of teachings the author passed on to his son, Carlos Federico Gonzalez, and published posthumously by the author’s widow. This is from the 3rd edition, published 2012.

Vidocq

Sandman Slim encounters sees a man named Vidocq who tells him very many things:

  • “You are a Nephilim. The last of your kind. We don’t have any trustworthy descriptions of previous Nephilim. We have no idea if their complexions were smooth . . . your scars are simply part of your divine nature . . . I’m sure this process will continue and that you’ll acquire new scars in the future.”
  • “Nothing is ever the same the second time. It might be worse. It might be better. But it’s never the same.”

Dear blog readers can tell how much self is enjoying this novel. She found out today that it is the penultimate of the series. GAH. She also found out that in the book previous to this, Sandman Slim was in Hell, and readers were generally not liking it as much as the ones set in L.A.

Don’t know whether to go with this opinion or not. All she knows is that Sandman Slim returned to L.A. with a fondness for Malediction cigarettes and a desperate longing to appear normal.

L.A. is the best setting for fiction. Self doesn’t think she’s read a single L.A. novel that she hasn’t liked.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flashback Monday

Kathleen Burkhalter was a member of Dear Departed Sister’s barkada at Wharton. When Kathleen passed away a few years ago, self lost more than just a friend: she lost a member of her squad. And one of the few people self stayed regularly in touch with, over the decades. With Kathleen, self never had to explain how she was feeling at a particular time of her life, she always understood.

She wrote and self-published a series of books about her life. Her daughter, Mercedes Bell, is now a singer. Here’s a link to her FB page.

And here’s a post self wrote about Kathleen, four years ago.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day Belongs to Obama

Whether in sports or politics, it’s hard to understand the precise nature of momentum.

— p. 49, A Promised Land

It’s not just politics and sports, sir. Momentum applies to writing as well.

Quote of the Day: A Promised Land

44 remembers a conversation with his mother!

“You know, Barry, she said (that’s the nickname she and my grandparents used for me when I was growing up, often shortened to “Bar,” pronounced “Bear”), “there are people in the world who think only about themselves. They don’t care what happens to other people so long as they get what they want. They put other people down to make themselves feel important.

“Then there are people who do the opposite, who are able to imagine how others must feel, and make sure that they don’t do things that hurt people.

“So,” she said, looking me squarely in the eye. “Which kind of person do you want to be?”

— Chapter 1, A Promised Land, pp. 6 -7

Link of the Week: FIVE SOUTH

The best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories.Ray Bradbury

Sentence of the Day: NO RULES RULES, p. 136

Wow, TV is just killing self, right now. She’s on CNN (standard stuff) and Twitter (Trump’s Diet Coke ordering button! That’s almost — sweet! It is better that the red button ordered Diet Coke, it could have been ordering a nuclear strike!)

In the meantime, she is still reading No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.

p. 136: Our big threat in the long run is not making a mistake, it’s lack of innovation.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

No Rules Rules, pp. 124-125

Self is enjoying this book much more than she thought she would. To be honest, she found the early going pretty dull. She lives IN Silicon Valley and meets people like this on a regular basis, there is nothing fascinating about people who work in high-tech. (So why did she choose to read this book? Uh. Could it be because she subscribes to Netflix?)

But, somewhere around p. 50, she found that some of the bullet points of do’s and dont’s could be applied to her own life. Amazingly, there was relevance!

Now she’s reading about how open-ness and admitting one’s mistakes is a good thing, it can heighten your employees’ loyalty. (Hey, boss is human!)

But not in all cases. If you are perceived by employees as a strong and capable leader, admitting your mistakes will only enhance your image.

If, however, you are regarded as weak, admitting your mistakes will only make you appear more weak.

Lesson: You’ll want to build trust in your competence before admitting your mistakes.

In other words, try not to make too many mistakes in the beginning?

LOL

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day, 3rd Thursday of 2021

Self is alive! (Confetti! Fireworks!)

Her favorite musical guests from last night’s Inauguration Concert: the original cast of Rent; The Foo Fighters; John Legend; Demi Lovato; Tim McGraw; Jon Bon Jovi.

The sentence of the day is as follows:

If you are promoting a culture of candor on your team, you have to get rid of the jerks.

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer, p. 34

Corollary, or Sentence # 2: Jerks are likely to rip your organization apart from the inside.

Good advice, that.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Introduction: NO RULES RULES

In her 2018 book, The Fearless Organization, she explains that if you want to encourage innovation, you should develop an environment where people feel safe to dream, speak up, and take risks. The safer the atmosphere, the more innovation you will have.

Introduction, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

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