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Motivation November 18, 2017

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.

Herbert Bayard Swope [click to continue…]


Media Bias Illustrated

Yesterday there was an oil leak from a pipeline in South Dakota.

Media outlets that want to stop pipeline construction reported that more than 210,000 gallons of oil were spilled.

Media outlets that like pipelines reported that about 5000 barrels were spilled.

I would have reported it as less than seven rail cars.

All are correct and all are biased. Be careful out there.


The More Things Change

“The Chesapeake Bay is like a beautiful woman. There’s no humiliation from which she cannot recover.”

James Mitchener in Chesapeake the novel.

These lines written, with utmost sincerity, only 55 years ago now sound completely anachronistic. [click to continue…]


Calm Down

“I must calm down. I’m much to frail to indulge in moral fervor.”

From Wise Aging by Rachel Cowan and Linda Thal [click to continue…]


Phoenix’s Phabulous Phountains #19

Another classic Italianate fountain on Campbell near 22nd Street. This one makes a particularly beautiful sound of running water. Even on this busy street it conjured up images of the gardens at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. [click to continue…]



Motivation is a new series I’m going to try starting on Saturdays for the next few months on SimonBurrow.com. Most of the ideas will be mined from my business archive and from the ideas tagged photos in my photos file. [click to continue…]


USPS Idea One

On the Postcrossing website someone is advertising to sell you Solar Eclipse stamps for twice the official price. Putting aside how cleverly targeted the ad is. It appears that the post office is leaving money on the table by not trying to get some of the margin on their limited edition and specialty stamps. [click to continue…]


Weekly Maxim November 13, 2017

“In real life everything is a little smaller than you expect and a little sadder.”

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Where the Water Goes

“Cooling rooms from 110 degrees to 75 degrees requires less energy than heating them from minus 25 to 68.

Where the Water Goes written by David Owen is about the Colorado River. Read more quotes and comments by clicking through. [click to continue…]


As You Like It

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.

William Shakespeare, As You Like It [click to continue…]