Happy 128th Birthday Agatha Christie


Today is the 128th birthday of Agatha Christie.  At one time, I had this grand idea that I was going to read every one of her books in order of publication.  That is a lot of reading.  I didn’t get very far, but it was not her fault, I fall in and out of love with reading.  There are points in my life where reading is much easier, if I have a commute or something.  I love all the Agatha Christie movies, Miss Marple and even the Tommy and Tuppence ones, but especially Hercule Poirot (David Suchet portrayal).  The books are quick and clever and keep you guessing.  The world is a better place that she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

NAME: Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
OCCUPATION: Author, Playwright
BIRTH DATE: September 15, 1890
DEATH DATE: January 12, 1976

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My Daily Observation: 1/10/18


The thing I find fascinating about American culture is the fact that we love to buy stuff, but we hate someone selling us.  As a society based on consumerism, you would think we would enjoy and look forward to anyone trying to sell anything.  “Yes, mall kiosk employee, I love buying stuff so please tell me all about your inventory of gadgets!”  But the reality is we avoid eye contact or get a “No thanks” locked and loaded 50 feet before passing said sales person.

We avoid the sales pitch at any cost.  It makes us feel uncomfortable and causes us to keep our guard way up.  The reality of the situation is that we typically will not buy anything if we feel uncomfortable while doing so.  Our brains will not allow us to buy unless we believe the sales person is being honest and unless the purchase “feels right”.

This explains why we visit stores, dealerships, shops, nail salons, bars where we know someone and someone knows us; a place where we feel comfortable. The relationship is vital to almost every aspect of our lives and we prefer to have some connection of some type to someone before we do business.

My Daily Observation: 1/9/18


I am amazed at the number of people who listen intently to the views and opinions of celebrities.  Just for the record, I do not.  I don’t watch any of the celebrity award shows.  I don’t read any celebrity tweets.  I simply don’t care what they have to say.  But apparently someone does or else Yahoo and other media sources wouldn’t be loaded with info about The Golden Globes.

To some degree society has always been influenced by celebrities.  After all most advertising campaigns over the last 70 years have centered around a celebrity spokesperson; and they work which means they have influence.

I have always said every person needs to be careful in who they allow in their inner-circle of influence.  The right person with influence can steer the ship toward the stars (no pun intended), but the wrong influencer can take it down for a deep dive.  I think it is important for all of us to recognize and be in control of who we allow to have influence in our lives.

With all that is going on in Hollyweird, I’m not so sure any of them are suitable and trustworthy role models.

Happy 58th Birthday Michael Stipe


Today is the 58th birthday of Michael Stipe. He and his band play a major role in the soundtrack of my life, I may have forgotten that a bit, but writing this and looking through the videos caused a rush of memories and chills. I love Michael Stipe. There even was a time that I would cross paths with him in Seattle. The world is a better place because he is in it.


NAME: Michael Stipe
OCCUPATION: Music Producer, Songwriter, Activist, Singer
BIRTH DATE: January 4, 1960
EDUCATION: University of Georgia
PLACE OF BIRTH: Decatur, Georgia
HEIGHT: 5′ 9″

BEST KNOWN FOR: Michael Stipe is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band R.E.M.

Born John Michael Stipe on January 4, 1960, in Decatur, Georgia, singer, songwriter and producer Michael Stipe is best known as the frontman for the…

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I Believe If You Can See Something In Your Mind, You Can Hold That Something In Your Hand

Danny's iphone 1754I believe strongly in visualization.  I learned this fact of the universe when I played golf professionally and worked on my pre-shot routine.  In golf my sports psychologist worked with me on seeing the shot in my mind before I hit the shot in real-time.  I would imagine the height of the shot, the spin, where the ball would land and where the ball would come to rest.  And when I was locked-in the ball would often times fly close to the exact path I had visualized in my mind.

If you can see something in your mind, you can hold that something in your hand.  In my current role I visualize myself being the top marketing executive.  I see myself in meetings with huge companies.  I make myself feel the nervousness, excitement and anxiety of big meetings before they happen.  I imagine myself experiencing all the perks of being the top dog.  I see myself with all of the things that come with being numero uno.  I see the office I want to have.  I see myself giving presentations to massive corporations.  I visualize every aspect of the position I eventually want to attain.  In my world I already possess all these things; they just haven’t manifested themselves yet!

If you can see something in your mind, you can hold that something in your hand.  There are some people who do not believe in this principle and that is a shame.  Every successful person I know practices this principle daily.  Top-level athletes.  Hollywood actors.  Rock stars and musicians.  Writers and authors.  They all saw themselves being ultra-successful long before they obtained said success.

If you aren’t practicing this principle, then I highly suggest you read a little and educate yourself.  It will change your life.

Happy 89th Birthday Stanley Kubrick


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Today is the 89th birthday of the film director Stanley Kubrick.  You know and love his films, I specifically love 2001 and The Shining, but Clockwork Orange is great, and, and…  His vision and direction gave us something…

Happy 85th Birthday Oscar de la Renta


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Today is the 85th birthday of the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.  His contribution to fashion put American fashion designers on the same level as Europeans for the first time.  The world is a better place because…