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Business plans have historically been a necessity for most entrepreneurs, but the definition of a business plan has changed in recent years. Today, it can mean anything from the traditional novella like document, with market analysis and financial projections, to a one-page Venn diagram showing where markets overlap.
Authors John Grisham, Greg Iles, Richard Ford and Kathryn Stockett recently joined other Mississippians in signing a letter that called for removal of the Confederate emblem on Mississippi's state flag.
His father is Larry McMurtry and his mother an English professor. "Surprisingly I didn't like to read much growing up," James McMurtry said in an interview. "But there were always records lying around the house. Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson were the most influential."
True crime author Ann Rule, who wrote 33 books, died Sunday. Ms. Rule broke out with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, in 1980. In it she profiled the serial killer Ted Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.
Recently I was painting a portrait in acrylics, when a large chunk of the painted cheek broke off. It left a depression that I could not fill up or blend away with more paint. So I took a risk. I changed the depression into a wound and added a black eye for good measure. It didn’t turn out great, but it was fun trying something different. We should do the same with our reading habits. Instead of reading the same authors, or the same type of fiction, try something new.
As you pack for your summer vacation, consider tucking some enlightenment about the business world into your suitcase. If you would rather read the thriller The Precipice by the pool, then give yourself a schedule to finish a chapter or two a week of a business book that could change your work habits.
I recently read about the experience of an East Coast teacher who moved to a southern state to teach in a rural school. She asked one of her more energetic students what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said he wanted to be president of the United States, and added wasn’t that what “all little black boys” wanted to be.
2014 was a great year for essays, especially for women writers. A great year means that the the collections of essays written by women proved to be commercially successful.
Probably some time in the past week you were annoyed because someone nearby was focused on his or her phone -- and then, a few minutes later, you caught yourself checking your own phone. I have read that when you check your device, the neurochemical dopamine is elevated which uplifts your mood. But Matt Richtel, a New York Times reporter, testifies in Deadly Wandering that our preoccupations with our devices can also lead to tragic outcomes.
If you like lush, romantic music composed by Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Ravel, you probably will also enjoy Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).