Author Archives: Steve


Choctaw Bingo – James McMurtry: Just another Texas boy with a guitar.

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Choctaw Bingo: Just another Oklahoma boy with a guitar.

The Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line: The Lyrics are, in my opinion, are some of the best lyrics ever written. If I ever got into tattoos, these would probably be recorded on my chest.

The Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend

Neil Young – Old Man

Litttle Feat – Dixie Chicken

John Prine and Iris DeMent – In Spite of Ourselves

Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do

Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers

Dire Straights – Money For Nothing: I’d be hard pressed to name my favorite Dire Straights song. I also like Sultans of SwingSo Far Away and Walk of LIfe. Money for nothing was, however, a seriously big hit.

Tom Petty – Learning To Fly

Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson: I just like the song and this version has a funny video. Just another Oklahoma boy with a guitar.

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Pancho & Lefty: Just another Texas boy with a guitar.

Ry Cooder – Fool For A Cigarette/Feelin’ Good: The most profound one line statement I’ve ever heard is “All the money in the world is spent on feeling good.” This where I heard it. I started listening to Ry Cooder in 1970 but my favorite album is Paradise and Lunch (1974).

Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man (Live at the Newport Folk Festival. 1964): Very early Dylan. I’m not sure he was even shaving.

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

The Doors – Light My Fire – 1967: Old. TV stuff. Not the best Doors video but it doesn’t drag on and it gives you the essence of who they were in their early years.

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit, Live from Woodstock 1969: Not the best video but it does show the lyrics and it is from Woodstock.

Garth Brooks Friends in Low Places Live 1990: Just another Oklahoma boy with a guitar.

Otis Taylor – Hey Joe – Rare Photos: It’s the pictures, man.

Paul Thorn – I Guess I’ll Just Stay Married: It’s a little philosophical. Sorta bluesy. Sorta sad. Sorta life.

Great Quotes

The more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough — to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. Anthony Bourdain

My Reading List

This is a list of what I’ve been reading lately. Generally, the list is in chronological order.

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Measure What Matters
The Blue Zones
Cultural Literacy for Religion
The TB12 Method
The Catholic Church: A History
Predictably Irrational
12 Rules for Life
Enlightenment Now
Emotional Freedom
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
Principles: Life and Work
Smarter Faster Better



Reading Lists

These are some reading lists that may be of interest to you. Go out and learn something. Or, maybe just … enjoy.

NPR Best Books for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. Nice Lists.

Audible Bestsellers. If you find listening a great way to read a book. Some books are better read.

Amazon Kindle Bestsellers in: Applied Psychology  |  Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology  |  Counseling  |  Creativity & Genius  |  Developmental Psychology  |  Happiness  |  Lifespan Development  |  Motivational  |  Practice Management  |  Psychology – Education & Training  |  Stress Management

Bill Gates  |  Barack Obama  |  Amazon – 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime  |  MA.TT  | – 101 Summer Books

OKC Library: Self-Help  |  Self-Improvement  |

Pioneer Library: Self-Improvement  |

Book Summaries

This is a list of book summary publishers. These are the shorter versions of longer works. They are much smaller and less expensive. Book summaries can be great way to find books that might interest you. Generally, books are not summarized by people or companies unless they are popular books. Summaries can also be a good way to find out whether the book is a book you might want to read. The best ways to find book summaries of a particular book is to Google the author or book title along with the terms “key takeaways”, “analysis” or something along that line. Note: These are not recommendations. It is simply a list of resources. Where I have some experience (good or bad) I document my personal experience below the list. Note that the experience is personal, which means you may or may not have the same opinion as I do after working with the site.

CliffsNotes  |  Four Minute Books  |  Flashbooks  |  The Mindset WarriorZIP Reads  |  Concise Reading  |  Soundview  |  Blinkist  |  Sam T. Davies  |  Actionable Books  |  Paul Minors  |  getAbstract  |  GetFlashNotes  |  Reading Graphics  |  SUMOREADS  |

I have had the following experiences:

getAbstract: I found their abstracts to be far too short for my taste. You would be better off going to Amazon and reading some of the reviews of the book.

GetFlashNotes: I thought there was way-too-much emphasis on signing-up for the $29 a month membership on this website. However, if you start digging around you’ll find that there is a lot of free stuff there as well that looks really promising.



Success Concepts – Discipline

More specifically, self-discipline. Some thoughts (rewrite): Remove Distractions; Work Inside Your Passion – When you are doing something you love, discipline comes naturally; Reward Progress; They do the Hardest Thing First; Decide; Work Within Your Biological Clock; Action – Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it; Remove temptations; Eat regularly and healthily – Studies have shown that low blood sugar often weakens a person’s resolve; Schedule breaks, treats, and rewards for yourself; Forgive yourself and move forward; Don’t wait for it to “feel right.”; Self-discipline is more specifically about your ability to control your desires and impulses in an attempt to stay focused (for long enough) on what needs to get done to successfully achieve that goal; You Need to Have a Reason WHY!; Self-Discipline Requires Penalties and Rewards; It All Comes Down to Your Personal Standards; compete against your best self;Define What You Want; Know your weaknesses; Build your self-discipline; What is self-discipline? – It is the ability to control one’s impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It is being able to turn down immediate pleasure and instant gratification in favor of gaining the long-term satisfaction and fulfillment from achieving higher and more meaningful goals; Practice self-denial; avoiding short-term discomfort often leads to long-term problems; Visualize the rewards;

Another discovery Roy F. Baumeister PhD made during his research is that we only have a finite amount of willpower each day.

My ideas: define what constitutes wasted time and eliminate it; limit your addictions (solitaire); Practice habit formation (write every day); Set a timer for a certain period of time for a task;

Quotes: Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

The Complete Guide on How to Develop Focused Self-Discipline


Does my wife want to become a snowbird? She says she does. For a month, anyway. Will she change her mind? I doubt it. How do I feel about that? Fine. I guess. I like Florida. This is the start of the research for the trip.

In Town Suites: An extended stay hotel chain. Locations in many states.