March 8, 2014
My favorite author is always changing. Right now it's definitely Tom Rath. I'm a little biased I know because he works at Gallup; I work at Gallup. He wrote books that are the foundation of who we are as a company and where we're headed, but recently he's changes his focus to Wellbeing and his book "Eat, Move, Sleep" has inspired big change in my life already. My favorite book has been and probably always will be "The Cheese and the Worms" by Carlo Ginzburg. I own over 700 books and about 650 of them are non-fiction, so you won't find a lot of common place classics in my collection. I read and love the classics, but I study--a lot! My cat, Menocchio, is named after the person this book is about. It's the author's translation/extrapolation of actual trials of a 16th-century Italian miller who taught himself how to read and went on trial for heresy and blasphemy. Lot's of interesting notes on Italian pop culture and the Church during that time.
This changes a lot too! Right now, I like to take my SLR camera to places on the weekend (an abandoned barn, a lake, downtown, etc) and just take pictures. Sometimes I make up stories to go with the pictures to practice my creative writing--an idea I got from a journal prompt book. I like to journal and I enjoy doing this in digitally Microsoft OneNote. I have several types of journals. What's great about OneNote is that I have a Windows phone so I can easily upload pictures/video I take as part of a journal entry, edit on the go, and jot down notes or quotes when I think or hear of them. The possibilities with your journaling expand tremendously. By the way, anyone can use OneNote for free online by getting a OneDrive account at https://onedrive.live.com?invref=614e5a907c0a1b8d&invsrc=90 ask me anytime for tips on how to use it and I'd be glad to help.
I'm from Mississippi and I've lived in Omaha for a few years now. I love to read, stay active, working at Gallup, my two cats (both named after people from books) and learning about technology.