Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Motivation — that illusive component

I found this talk informative,– and I guess five million other people did too.

I’ve discovered TED talks (which can be found at www.TED.com) and once in awhile my thinking is challenged, as it was today.

Dan Pink speaks on “The Puzzle of Motivation”. Enjoy!

Autonomy –  independence or freedom, as of the will or one’s actions: the autonomy of the individual.

This is a 21st Century skill. Perhaps it’s more of a desire. What keeps the autonomous individual from becoming lazy? What keeps student directed learning (autonomy) from becoming an avenue to low performance?

Perhaps you have some ideas? Please comment below :)

Some things That You Know Are True until you Realize – They Aren’t

Some things That You Know Are True until you Realize – They Aren’t


Hello, just sharing my worst “aHa!” moment of 2015 :)

“I am Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D. Well, actually my name is John, and I’m a journalist. I do have a Ph.D., but it’s in the molecular biology of bacteria, not humans. The Institute of Diet and Health? That’s nothing more than a website.

“Other than those fibs, the study was 100 percent authentic. My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. … It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science. The results are meaningless, and the health claims that the media blasted out to millions of people around the world are utterly unfounded.

“Here’s how we did it. …”

Read more…


Spicy Yam Soup!

Spicy Yam Soup!

Spicy Yam Soup
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Spicy Yam Soup


  • 1 tsp butter
  • small onion, chopped
  • 2 yams, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced with seeds
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tsp Better than Bouillon
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 uncooked shells
  • 2 Tbsp pea-nut butter
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. Saute onion, diced yams, garlic, and jalapeno in butter.
  2. Add water and stir in Better than Bouillon and thyme and cumin.
  3. Add shells, heat to boiling and then simmer for approx 10 minutes (til yams are tender and noodles are soft)
  4. Add garbanzo beans and peanut butter and heat through.
  5. Ready to serve!
  6. (Optional - add a dollop of sour cream)
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Self-hosted WordPress website – the beginning

Self-hosted WordPress website – the beginning


Summary of article:

  1. Think of a domain name (I know this is difficult for some of us)
  2. Obtain a host and register your domain name (details below)
  3. Your host will set up your new website!
  4. Make your website home your own (more on that later)

Get Started:

Of course the first step is figuring out your domain name. This step took me three months. I don’t think it will take you that long, but it is a decision that should take some thought. Once you have chosen a domain name, and believe it is unique, then you are ready to register the domain name and obtain a “host”.

Here’s just a short video to help with a bit of insight into starting a self-hosted WordPress website.

In the video I show how to navigate to WordPress.org to get started. There you can read a bit about WordPress and its various features. But if you are in a hurry, just click on “hosting” in the menu and you will get a run-down on that.

“But I thought WordPress was free…”

It is important to note that if you are only blogging and that is what you plan to do exclusively (no products to sell), you may best be served by going to wordpress.com and starting a free blog there. There are a lot of design features and you can even have your own domain name for a bit of cash.

A blog on wordpress.com is free (see above). A self-hosted website (launching from wordpress.org) uses paid hosting on a shared or private server. The installation of WordPress content management software on your site is free. In addition to your WordPress install, you will use a “theme” (free or purchased) to style your website.

If you are convinced that you need a self-hosted WordPress website, you will note that on the “hosting” page at wordpress.org, they admit that almost any host can handle a WordPress install, and they provide a list of requirements.

How do I find a “host”?

If you are going to go “indie” here and find your own host, look for hosts that advertise that they are WordPress friendly. Many will have WordPress “one-click” installation. There are many good hosts out there!

On the “hosting” page at WordPress.org they have three recommended hosts, — Bluehost, Dreamhost, and Laughing Squid.

Blue host and Dreamhost offer domain registration as part of the sign-up process. (If, however, you already have a registered domain — no problem).

Laughing Squid recommends that you get your domain registered with hover.com because they do not offer domain registration as part of their sign-up process.

Hopefully these notes will clear up any confusion, but feel free to leave comments below.

Click on the image below to see the video

self-hosted WordPress website

Self-hosted WordPress website


Is your website mobile friendly?


Just a short post here to let you know that if you have heard the rumor that Google will only rank mobile friendly sites after April 21st – well apparently it is true.

Not to worry. Google has a tool that you can use to check and see if it passes their test.

Go to this URL


and type in your website. You will see a test run right before your eyes and soon know if your website can be considered “mobile friendly”.

Have Fun!