Personal Experience Creates Personal Point of View

This week, something my Father wrote in his weekly letter to the family made me chuckle. Not because the underlying event was funny, (the Battle of the Bulge was horrific), but his comment about attending a presentation about the Battle of the Bulge hit a truth-bullseye. To understand his comment, you must know that my father served in the 3rd Army as a foot soldier. He landed on D-Day on the shores of France and then got a not-so-wonderful tour through Europe, including the famous battle [Read more...]

Conversational Interfaces Makes MIT’s Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016

The art of communication has always fascinated me. That interest led to my career choices of Public Relations, Communication, and Law. I’m also a linguaphile. I love studying, learning, and using multiple languages. I therefore read with great interest an article by the Senior Editor for AI at MIT Technology Review, Will Knight, on Conversational Interfaces: Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone. As a native English speaker [Read more...]

Out-Live Your Competition – The Secret of Success!

A while back I was invited to a high school Career Fair as part of a panel discussion on how to best plan your future. During questions and answers, I was asked “What is the secret of success?” I replied, “Out-living your competition”. I’ve never been asked back. Today I received proof I was right! Let me introduce you to Ida Keeling, who just a few days before her 101st birthday, broke the world record for 100-year olds running a 100-meter race. I know—you’re all saying “well duh-- How [Read more...]

Celebrating the Luck of the Irish!

When Sir Walter Scott said "Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” I don’t think he even imagined the power of false information from the internet. Today, in my email inbox, I received an email from Yummly that stated: “Popular Irish Recipes”. It being Saint Patrick’s Day, I took further note. The number one on Yummly’s list was “Irish Potatoes”. I had potatoes in my refrigerator, so I clicked to check this out. Number one on the list of ingredients was “14 ozs [Read more...]

The Lurking Dangers Behind “Sound Bites”

One of my favorite speakers was recently blasted with social media comments after a speech he gave. Elder Bednar has social media following him with ‘quotes’ saying "There are no homosexual members of the Church”. The people using this as a “Sound Bite” are twisting and distorting the truth of what was actually said for their own purpose, which is to show that the Church is in their opinion, wrong. This is the power of a “Sound Bite”. People believe it as truth, whether it is or whether it [Read more...]

Hollywood Set Builder Gets Independent Contractor Ability to Schedule C Deductions

The Tax Court just granted Independent Contractor status to a W-2’d employee. The circumstances are very familiar to all those who have ever worked in Hollywood. In this case, Jorge Quintanilla was a production worker who worked on approximately 150 commercials shot in Southern California over two tax years. The different productions varied from one day to a month in duration. In addition, the exact job titles varied from assignment to assignment. As is very common with Hollywood productions, [Read more...]

Must See- Once I Was a Beehive

Last night was a rare night for me. For nearly two hours I forgot about emails, I forgot about assignments, I forgot about all the day-to-day frustrations of life--  Because for nearly two hours I was too busy laughing and crying to even be able to think about them. I owe that break to the movie Once I Was a Beehive.This movie is brilliantly written. The humor is actually funny (not some overworked formula or shock humor). The opposite happens as well. I cried because it touched true emotions. [Read more...]

The Gig Economy

I was minding my daily morning chore of reviewing email when something caught my eye… mostly because I had never heard of it. “Looking for an expert in gig economy”, it read. “Gig what?”, I said to myself almost out loud. provide me with an answer. “Gig Economy n. The economic sector consisting of freelancers who take on a series of small jobs, particularly when those jobs are contracted online using a website or app.” That makes sense to me. After all, I’ve become a half-way [Read more...]

Out of the Mouth of Babes – Get off email lists!

Currently I go from teaching Early Morning Seminary to teaching sequential block classes at Brigham Young University Hawaii before starting the rest of my regular work day. It reminds me of the Army advertisements (I was in the Army so I love them) where "we do more before breakfast than the rest of the world does during an entire day". While going through my email between classes a few days ago one of my students came in early. In response to her question of “How are you today professor?”, [Read more...]

War Letters Legacy Project

My father has written a letter to his family, including now grandchildren and great-grandchildren, every week since he retired about 20 years ago. My mother assists as well. As we approached this most recent Veteran's Day, we all received a letter that included a picture of him on a mountain-side in Europe taken after the end of Wold War II, while he was on leave, but still part of the occupying forces. His comment was short, as has been all his comments about World War II. He simply expressed [Read more...]