GoTenna : How will you communicate when cellular is out?

Yes, I love technology. This is cool. Using the way radio waves travel to create a personal messaging network to cover up to 50 miles… with no cell towers or wifi(!!!)…

This is not only cool for disaster situations, hiking, skiing, inside large centers where cell service is limited, etc… it can be great if you travel outside the country, want a way to message your family even though you have no service or don’t want to incur per message charges.

A little rabbit trail… How many messages can one send? Our daughter Sarah sent and received more messages than all of us combined when we reviewed our bill several years back. THOUSANDS. It was hard to imagine how one could even send so many messages. So we got her a pair of sweat bands (like the kind athletes wear for the head or wrists) for her thumbs.  :-)

Back to GoTenna… You need one. You might. Except the time when you really need it will be the time when you may not have the opportunity to go out and get it. Just saying. I think this couple ounces added to your case or purse is worth it.

Learn more here. Let me know your thoughts and uses for GoTenna in the comments.


Happy 4th and Happy Canada Day!

We are blessed to be living in a country where you can achieve your dreams. At Lifebook ( we have the privilege and joy of helping people “Discover, Document and Achieve Your Best Life”. This was absolutely the best gift Susan and I have given each other and to our family over the past year and a half.

At a time when we celebrate freedom, I encourage you to use that freedom and love yourself enough to take the time to give yourself a personal gift of love — a gift of time — a gift of defining what you want your best life to be and then committing to go and make it happen!

Celebrate this week — Happy 4th and Happy Canada Day! To your best life!


How Do You Spend Your Time Compared to Others?

Fun interactive online tool to quickly assess how you spend your time versus others in America. How do you fare?


Heaven Is For Real

When the book “Heaven Is For Real” came out a few years ago it became a national best seller. A young child’s encounter with God was relayed in simple beauty. That book is now out (this week) as a movie. I encourage you to see it.

As I think about Good Friday and what God did for us to show us His Love in the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, I wanted to share an image from the book. This was drawn by an eight year old.

Prince Of Peace

This is indeed a Good Friday. Happy Easter! We remember what God did for us. We celebrate that He Is Risen!

We all need a savior.

Evernote Releases Presentation Mode : Multiple Uses

I am a HUGE fan of Evernote. (Over 16,700 notes and counting.) Most releases go buy and add worthwhile features. Evernote’s latest release for the Mac is an “update immediately… this is fantastic!” release.

Evernote 5.3.0 on the Mac now adds a “Presentation Mode”. This is a feature with multiple uses. I will focus on two of them in this post…


(1) Support for multiple monitors is now included. This feature lets you present your notes on one screen and take notes on another. Yes, this could have been done previously with a double click on a note to open it in its own window. Presentation mode is better. Try it. I bet you’ll love it. Press CMD-OPT-Enter to start the presentation on a second monitor.

(2) FOCUS! In addition to Evernote becoming your presentation tool of choice, the Presentation feature is useful for your personal work. One of the big “distractions” while we work are all the other items on our screen begging for our attention. Even if you are full screen on an Evernote or working through a list of items, you are best focused on one thing at a time. One click on the presentation icon and you are focused. And, with dual monitor support, you can keep the main point in front of you while adding notes.

I make a lot of phone calls in any given day. The presentation “focus” is useful when you are in a call and referencing Evernote notes as a part of the call. Simply click presentation, press the space bar to advance through a note that is larger than one screen, and use the right arrow to advance to the next Evernote note. Clean. Simple. Focused attention. I love it.

What about Evernote for Windows users? Evernote seems to lead with the Mac and then follow with their PC version getting the same features in the coming weeks (and sometimes months.)

Note: You need to be an Evernote Premium user to get the Presentation mode. (Less than $50 a year. It is worth it for this feature and the many other Premium features.)

You can read more about this great release on the Evernote blog. Night mode, laser pointer, and more are detailed here. Congrats to the Evernote team on a great and valuable release!

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