Advice From a Rat

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Alloway is a famous rat that dispenses practical advice to humans and animals.  Here are a couple of examples.

  • Love is difficult because it’s very, very important.  Nothing very, very important was every easy.
  • If you want him to be your bestest friend, then all you have to do is make it clear that he yours and he can’t do a leave.  Pin him down,  show him who’s in charge,  pee on everything he owns,  stability and boundaries are key.

This is book is hilarious and I loved it.

The Art of Public Speaking

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This is an excellent book and full of wonderful tips to improve your public speaking skills.  My favorite quotes from the book are listed below.

  • Face an audience as frequently as you can, and you will stop shying.
  • Have the first few sentences worked out completely so that you may not be troubled in the beginning to find words.  Know your subject better than your hearers know it, and you have nothing to fear.

Average Is Extraordinary

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You may be an average person with average abilities, but your life can be extraordinary.  According to Kirsten Wreggitt:

  • Most of us are average, but we fight against it everyday.
  • Embrace your average life and see it as extraordinary.
  • Use your gifts and talents to shift an average life to extraordinary.
  • Look at your accomplishments in the context of your own life.
  • Define your own success in all its originality or in all its commonness.
  • Never tire of following your curiosity.  An average life is extraordinary in those moments of wonder and amazement.

 

Parking Meter History

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Several years ago, I decided to read about the history of parking meters.  I know, it doesn’t exactly sound like a thriller.  However, it was interesting.

What really surprised me was the location of the first parking meter.  I would have guessed an extremely large city like New York or Chicago.  I was wrong.  The first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Go figure….

 

 

Three Dimensional Dog

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I enjoy working with and training my dogs.  I’ve read a ton of books on dog training and attended several different training schools with my dogs.  However, the book “Three Dimensional Dog” by Aaron McDonald is different from anything I have encountered up to this point.

It was eye opening and changed my entire approach to dog training.  While I was reading the book, I was wondering why didn’t I think about these issues.  It seems so obvious now.

The first part of the book explains the differences between trick training and cognitive behavior training.

Most dogs are trained to perform an action for a treat.  The training is focused only on the outer behavior of the dog.  This is known as trick training.

Cognitive behavior training looks at the whole dog.  It addresses the inner mind and emotions of the dog and uses that information to teach the dog how to live peacefully within the family unit.  The three dimensional approach to dog training is based on cognitive behaviorism.

The first dimension that needs to be addressed is the dog’s emotional needs.  Does the dog feel safe and have appropriate boundaries?  Are the dog’s physical needs being addressed?

The second dimension is concerned with what the dog is thinking.  Before a dog does anything they will develop an intellectual plan.  Paying attention to the dog’s body language will tell you how the dog is feeling and give you insight into what the dog is thinking.

The third dimension involves action.  It is everything the dog does with their body.  This is where traditional training methods actually start.

Addressing the dogs physical, emotional, and intellectual needs will allow the dog to reach a state of actualization.  Also, focusing on the three dimensions help the dog achieve a balanced emotional state.  This allows the dog to reach their fullest potential and be a functioning member of the family unit.

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

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My favorite quotes from The Wit & Wisdom of Mark Twain:

  • A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
  • It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist.
  • An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
  • I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
  • Experience is an author’s most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes.
  • Many a small thing has been made large by advertising.
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Fahrenheit 451

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I just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  My favorite section in the book, is when Montag asked, “Where do we go from here?  Would books help us?”

Faber responded: “Only if the third necessary thing could be given us.  Number one, as I said, quality of information.  Number two: leisure to digest it.  And number three:  the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the  first two.”

Although it wasn’t mentioned in this section, but it was alluded to in other parts of the book, another thing needed is the desire to read and learn from books.

You don’t have to burn books to make them ineffective.  You just have to get people to stop reading them.  You get them to not want to read books.