Remember When Sugar Wasn’t the New Cocaine?

I enjoyed this particular blog from Mark as I am now following a diet that reduces my sugar intake to 15g per day over 6 servings of carbs per day. Let me just say – what an eye opener! I lost 8 lbs within the first week and I wasn’t to religious but now I am gearing up and who knew that sugar was everywhere! It’s the new cocaine for sure.


Last week Sixty Minutes aired a segment titled “Is Sugar Toxic?” that reported scientific evidence that the added sugar in various foods causes a variety of ailments such as heart disease, cancer, and looking like a whale.  One neuroscientist, Eric Stice, stated that his studies show that the effects of sugar on the brain are similar to the effects of cocaine.  I pictured frenzied people tapping out Domino packets onto pocket mirrors and snorting lines with plastic coffee stirrers.

When did sugar get to be so dangerous?  Was it really that bad?  I remembered summer camp when a fellow camper put 19 packets of sugar into her tea and spent the rest of the day in a spin-art machine.

Years ago, when I was a young and impressionable smart-aleck, Nancy Reagan told me to “Just Say No” to drugs.  “It stands to reason,” I said to myself after…

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Infamous-ly fantastic!

There is a lot of buzz about the Hunger Games, I did not board that train, because I didn’t get hooked within the first few chapters so, I gave up.  Maybe I’ll give it a go later, but my excitement is all about Nick, Nick Gautier (pronounced Go-Shay).

Infamous is the title of the 3rd book in the ‘Chronicle’s of Nick’ series written by the talented, Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I received this via my Kindle on March 13th and had it read by March 16th – yep it’s that good, a bit darker but still a great ride!  This is a young adult spin off of one of my favorite characters in the adult paranormal romance series ‘The Dark Hunters’ by the same author.  I have to admit I just want to know what is going to happen with this character and how this will be weaved into ‘The Dark Hunters’ series.  If you haven’t given it a try, you should or at least your teens should… what an adventure and what fun!

About the book:

Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume…

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.


Book Series Order:

1st Book – Infinity

2nd Book – Invincible

3rd Book – Infamous (just released)

4th Book – Inferno – coming soon… March 2013

K.I.S.S Me! (Keep it Simple and Short!)

Kiss me, is what I was thinking during a teleconference at work.  You ever have those moments?

Those long lagging discussions that build… and build…  Is this a good use of my time, our time? Anticipation of a wanting, that  just keeps getting delayed… and delayed.  Didn’t we already discuss this?   The moment of conclusion is ahead and within reach… just need to stretch out and touch it….  WHAT? Another follow-up call ?


Understandably most HR managers and Lawyers out there are cringing.  The K.I.S.S me reference however isn’t a literal one, it is an abbreviation for Keep It Simple & Short (or the last S as Stupid although let’s keep it politically correct). 

I am going through a period of time at work when I am in meetings for more than 75% of my day.   This begs the question are all these meetings productive?  Each meeting has a goal to provide; information sharing, relationship building, decision-making, consensus/agreement or implementation/roll-out.  Sometime the goal isn’t overly fruitful to me, but it’s a goal for someone else and its important  respect others.

So how can we get to that lingering K.I.S.S moment that satisfies all partners?  The answer is… keep those meetings specific to the goal and manage expectations up front for the goal of the meeting.  Sometimes meetings lead to other discussions and considerations that require follow-up, that is okay!   Sometimes it takes the building of activities for the key goal of the meeting.  What’s important is that you set the K.I.S.S criteria up front by Keeping it Simple & Short.  Before you know it, you will be in receipt of those great K.I.S.S moments, and honestly who doesn’t enjoy a good kiss?


Yoda and Project Management

I have been working in the project management for many years.   In the end, it always comes down to Star Wars not just in the movies but also in management.

The final computer-generated Yoda as seen in t...

Skywalker: Yoda teach me the ways of the force (aka project management).

Yoda: To the end you must seek, prepare and find your answers.

Skywalker: I want to be a Jedi like my father.

Yoda: A Jedi you want, you’ll get there – um? Concentrate and trust your instincts, you must.

Skywalker: How do I know I am on the right path? My father turned to the dark side.

Yoda:  Train you will and stronger you become.  Powerful is the force, find it’s use for you.


1) Start with the end in mind and work backwards

2) Plan to the goal

3) Review and monitor your progress

4) Nothing is simple or black & white, learn and adjust – respect all experiences

5) Keep going forward

Yoda: May the force be with you!