From Hoarding to Home Made Twinkies and Oreos – The NY Times Most Emailed List

If you want a window into the things that entertain us and worry us I think the most emailed list on the New York Times electronic edition makes interesting reading. Today I not only enjoyed reading the most emailed articles but I got a chuckle out of the mix of articles that we felt the need to email to a friend.

The first article on the most emailed list is Personal Health: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All That Stuff. It is an article about a self help book that the reviewer says really helped her with what she called her "life long tendency to accumulate too much of nearly everything that I considered potentially useful to me or someone else sometime in the future."  I guess the fact that this is the number one most emailed article explains why the show Hoarders is so popular. Apparently everyone thinks they know someone who 'collects' too much stuff.

The second article on the list is Lives Restored: Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight. It is an article about "Marshe Linehan of the University of Washington, creator of a treatment used worldwide for severely suicidal people".  This is also a fascinating article. Surely it being on the most emailed list is a sign of how many of us worry about a  loved one who struggles with mental issues.

Number three on the list is  Vital Signs: Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality I guess I'm not the only one who worries about what I can do to live a longer healthier life. I emailed this one to my husband!

Just in case you were worried that this insight into our collective consciousness is not very much fun the remaining six articles on the NY Times most emailed list are about food! Clearly healthy food is not as much fun as guilty pleasures. Number four is  Recipe: Homemade Twinkies, number five is Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes With Cream Filling, and number six is Recipe: Homemade Fritos,  They make me want to start baking right now. Number seven is an entertaining article about the woman who researched and tested all these guilty pleasure recipes including number eight which sounds really good Recipe: Fauxreos. Numbers nine and ten are recipes for Korean Pork not nearly as fun as fake Oreos!

Would you Hire a Coach to Give you an Edge in College?

If you had the opportunity to hire a coach to help you in some area of your life would you do it?

Asking for help is a sign of strength and yet I know I am always very hesitant to ask for help. I guess I like to pretend that I know it all.

If someone had offered me coaching services while I was in college would
I have taken them up on the offer?

I've been thinking about who
uses coaches and what a coach does.
Successful athletes always have a coach. I know that corporate executive
often have a high powered executive coach. Actors often have an acting
coach. In all these situations the people who have coaches are the top
people in the field. Not every manager at Sun Microsysstems got a coach.
You have to be very serious about your athletics to have a coach. You
have to be serious about your acting to have a coach.

My daughter Allison works for a company called InsideTrack. They offer coaching for college students. InsideTrack has coached more than 250,000 students at more than
50 campuses nationally.They have a strong data backed record of helping students be successful.

Up until recently Inside Track sold their services to colleges and offered their services only to students at partner colleges. They have just launched an offering of coaching services direct to students. Individual students can
advantage of  coaching, even if their school is not an
InsideTrack partner. As part of the launch they are offering a free session and friends and family pricing. If you are interested or you know someone who might be interested just go to this link  and tell them Allison Brown's Mom sent you !

I hope that if I was in college today I would jump at the chance to have a coach who was invested in my success. Someone who would give me an edge. Someone who was focused on me and my success.

Mango Languages

The Washoe County Library System offers a language learning tool called Mango Languages. It is an interactive languages learning system. I like it a lot, am having fun using it and I find I am retaining what I learn. The library subscribes to the program and because I have a library card I get to use it on my computer at home free. I am studying Spanish but Mango offers basic and complete courses in a long list of languages.


As I work through the course each phrase is broken down into pieces and I am drilled on the words in the phrase and then phrase as a whole. I like that I am not only listening to the language but I am seeing the words. I am a very visual learner when it comes to languages. I can also choose how much repetition I want. In my current lesson I can go through 92 slides in the entire lesson or just do 49 vocabulary slides or 7 phrasebook slides.


If your library offers Mango languages you will find it on your library web site. If you don't live in Washoe County, Nevada then on the Mango Languages home page you can put in your zip code and find a library near you that offers the service

Another blog I always Read

Millie Garfield’s blog My Mom’s Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie is on my short list of Blog’s I read regularly. She had a great posting back in January that I am just getting around to linking to. It was titled My Trip from 65 to 81 .  I’ve got about 10 years to go before I hit 65. I do think a lot of what she says about her journey provides lessons for all of us. I like her attitude and the fact that she started blogging when she was 77. I hope I never stop learning and doing new things.

Randon links and thoughts

Having the time to do a bit of blog reading and comments  this morning was so nice. It is impossible to keep up with all the blogs I would like to read.  I have a short list of blogs I try to always read because they almost always have interesting thought provoking stuff.

The A list includes Jonathan Schwartz  who is as entertaining to read as he is to listen to. His latest posting about why he hasn’t blogged in a month had me laughing out loud and of course I like to keep up with what is going on at my alma matter.

I’ve added Andy Lark’s blog to the list. He talks about stuff I am interested in and he is also a very entertaining writer. His pointer to these kits to build your own cube seems quite timely for me since I’ve gone from having an office wherever I reserved one (Sun and iWork) to having my very own cube (Intuit). Andy also has a recent posting about a study which showed that people just don’t understand blogs. This is absolutely true. I’ve been talking to a lot of financial planners lately and when I mention my blog I either get a blank stare or a question about why would I write a blog. Usually though no matter who I mention it to I just get a lack of interest. This article that he pointed to from AdAge is also very worth reading. It talks about how  although things like Tivo and blogs make it less likely people will see conventional advertising this just means things are changing. It doesn’t mean the end of marketing and advertising.

Finally this interview with Sun CIO Bill Vass from ZDNet Australia is very good. I used to work for Bill Vass and I have an enormous amount of respect for him. What he says about blogging making lawyers very nervous is very very true. I’ve talked before about how the risk of  saying something in a blog that gets your company in trouble with the SEC making companies nervous about blogging. It explains why Bill doesn’t blog publicly. It is too bad because I know he would be fascinating. On the other hand as a Sun stock holder I can see how the visionary posts he would undoubtedly write would make lawyers very nervous.