BLOG: Gigging It

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Tiger Todd "Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of." ~ Charles Richards Refreshing Jackson Lake - Teton National Park, Wyoming. During my recent road trip to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, I had a rather enlightening conversation with the night manager at my hotel in Jackson. It was 5 in the morning and as I prepared a green tea from the service cart in the lobby, I asked if the manager wanted me ... Read More

BLOG: Karaoke As Education

Karaoke as Education by Tiger Todd "Did we know what the words meant before they became us?" - Tiger Todd "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer As a native Nevadan, I’m also a product of its public school system. In reality, I’m more a product of Nevada’s public school system and my dad’s entrepreneurism, a six-month stint in a body cast after being run over by a ... Read More

BLOG: Green Lantern

The Green Lantern: Courage and Honest Comic Column: Courage and Honesty by Bryan Stroud “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” - Sven Goran Eriksson Showcase Comics No. 22, Oct. 1959.  “S.O.S. Green Lantern,” by John Broome, penciled by Gil Kane and inked by Joe Giella. My favorite era in comic books, the fabled Silver Age, began in 1956 when it was decided to resurrect the super hero genre after a forced absence of some years. The creative geniuses at DC ... Read More

Cultural Heroes

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (June 9, 1877 – March 18, 1968) was an African-American artist, notable as the first to make art celebrating Afrocentric themes. A multi-talented artist who created poetry and paintings, she is mainly known as a sculptor who explored her African-American roots. Fuller created emotion-packed work with strong social commentary, and became a forerunner of the Black Renaissance, a movement promoting African-American art. Between 1914 and 1921, Fuller's work reflected ... Read More

The Hero Goes to College

Photo by: Shaylor As if college wasn’t tough enough. You’re living on your own for the first time: doing your own laundry, preparing your own meals (or running up the tab at your local pizza place), and trying to balance classes, labs, work, and commitments to family and friends. Oh, and a social life. That’s important, too. On top of all of that, you’re trying to figure out who you are. Your identity. Although this may sound a little bit like Peter Parker in the movie Spider-Man 2 (2004), ... Read More


Lessons from Spiderman and Frankl “The struggle for existence is a struggle for something; it is purposeful and only in so being is it meaningful and able to bring meaning into life.” - Viktor Frankl Nothing says “good morning” quite like discovering that the steering wheel, headrests and even the contents of my truck’s cab were covered and connected by hundreds of crisscrossed spiderwebs, glistening in the sunlight like a time-lapse aerial shot of flight traffic over a major ... Read More

3 Simple Steps for Relationship Building at Events

If I learned one thing from Microfinance USA 2011, it’s that overcoming fear is vital to success. It’s an obvious lesson, really. You see it in movies all of the time. People are always challenging themselves and overcoming obstacles that they fear to reach this pinnacle of personal achievement. Especially when it comes to networking. I never knew how scared I was of people until I didn’t want to talk to them, until I was making up excuses to avoid them, and until I was kicking myself later ... Read More

Stop Trying and Start Having

"You're faster than this... Stop 'trying' to hit me and HIT me!" - Morpheus, The Matrix (1999) If you've been 'trying' to get a job, solve a problem or work on a relationship with little or no success, perhaps consider that the problem is that you are 'trying' and not 'doing.' Congratulations. You have succeeded in 'trying.' You're a great 'tryer!' Now, if you actually WANT to HAVE a job, WANT to SOLVE a problem or WANT to BE part of a great relationship, stop TRYING and start HAVING! Go get ... Read More

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