What Can You Do With One Hour?


I was walking around our home the last few days looking at this huge load of work I want to get done. There’s a driveway that needs repaving, a bathroom that needs gutting, an attic loft that needs trim finished, painting….renos galore. Then, there is the ½ acre yard which has not yet been put […]

The Chandler Family Reunion


I don’t usually post videos or news stories from mainstream media sources  at synaptici. However, Jan Wall sent this to me in an e-mail and it is truly inspirational so I just had to share it with you. Steve Hartman revisits the Chandler Family Reunion, 30 years after Charles Kuralt, who found this story one […]

Humbled by an angel


Recently, I was reading part two of an article that I appreciated by Bob Burg titled, To Have A Body. In it, he discusses how too often as humans we judge others by their appearance, like judging a book by its cover. Bob’s article brought back a memory I would like to share with you. […]

William Kamkwamba on building a windmill

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When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book. – from TED.COM I cried happy tears as I watched this remarkable young man make a short presentation about the windmill he built to produce […]

It’s never too late to embrace our passions

never too late cello

In one of my recent articles (Of skills, talents and gifts) I wrote the following: “I don’t believe that our gifts have an expiry date. Clearly, as we get older, it is more difficult. Sadly, most of us consider the idea of re-engaging our gifts or our passions as, impractical.” It doesn’t need to be […]

Michael Pritchard’s water filter turns filthy water into drinkable water

Michael Pritchard

Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it — inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009. – from  TED.COM This is a remarkable invention that has the potential to save millions […]

Jack Canfield: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for What You Want

Jack Canfield

In the last article, Jack Canfield’s: Self-Esteem & Peak Performance, I discussed how I became aware of his set of audio tapes, Self-Esteem & Peak Performance. I peeked around youtube to see if there were any interesting pieces by Jack Canfield and I found several. Jack Canfield is best described as an understanding, compelling, empowering […]

Jack Canfield’s: Self-Esteem & Peak Performance

Self Esteem And Peak Performance

In the early 90’s, I found myself in a deep funk. I had no idea why. My job was going really well, I was successful and my income was as high as it had ever been. For some reason, I was just de-motivated, uninspired and seeing the world with a negative lens. My friends and […]

Of skills, talents and gifts …

Chick Corea

In some cultures, children are asked to consider a profound question at a very early age: Why are you here? The question is meant to get the child thinking about their purpose in life. I think this is a great idea and I really wish I had thought to do that when my kids were […]

Little Kids Rock


Between 2000 and 2003, twice a year my job would take me to Anaheim and Nashville to attend the NAMM shows. The NAMM Show is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world. For a musician, it’s like being a kid in the largest candy store you can possibly imagine. I saw […]

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