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Posted by on Apr 24, 2009 in Misc | 0 comments

The Noticer Project: The Five People Who’ve Had the Biggest Influence on My Life

In his new book, The Noticer, Andy Andrews pays tribute to a man* who impacted his life. Plus, he invites his readers to “notice” those that have changed their lives. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to five of the many people have impacted my life. William Bert WhitlockThose who know me are not surprised to see my dad, Bill Whitlock, at the top of the list. My dad was my hero, my teacher, my personal coach, and the best mentor anybody could have. I never questioned his love for me. I could always trust him. The most powerful lesson I learned from him about fatherhood, was “Let your son tag along behind the scenes of your life.” James Dobson is fond of saying that life’s lessons are caught and not taught. Dad gave me ample opportunities to catch his life. I’m grateful for all of the private moments that many many others never saw. Like kneeling with his players to say Lord’s Prayer before basketball games. My dad...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2009 in Misc | 0 comments

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

A ReviewThe NoticerAndy AndrewsThomas Nelson PublishersReleasing Tuesday, April 28, 2009, A.D.Four lions out of five In the Disney movie, The Lion King, Rafiki, the medicine monkey confronts the prince of the jungle, Simba. Simba has been living in the past and blaming himself for his father’s death and his uncle’s rise to corruption. They argue for a while then have this classic exchange: Adult Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back will mean facing my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?Rafiki: It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.[laughs]Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.[swings his stick at Simba again who ducks out of the way] Rafiki gave Simba a lesson in … perspective Andy Andrews’ new modern fable, The Noticer, is all about perspective. Andy...

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2009 in Misc | 1 comment

Have You Ever Heard this Story?

Blogger’s Note: I am researching for a new project. I can’t find a source for one of the best stories to open the work. I don’t even know “the rest of the story.” Have you heard a story like the one below? I cannot remember if this artist was a sculptor, a painter, a Renaissance man, or a composer. If so, could you leave a comment about WHO you think the artist was? If you know a source, would you please link me to it or give me a title and author? Thanks so much. He was dead. The odor emanating from his apartment alerted his neighbors. The man was a hermit and aloof, but he was also famous. Everyone in the city knew who he was. They knew his work. And they wanted to see more of it. He was an artist who thrilled his audiences with every completed work. When they pried open the door to his home and found his body, they also found hundreds of...

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Posted by on Apr 8, 2009 in Misc | 1 comment

The Future of Radio

Blogger’s Note: I love radio. I wanted to be a songwriter, but majored in journalism with a concentration in radio for a bunch of reasons. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love. I discovered “Adventures in Odyssey” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” I met Himam Brown, the man who coined the phrase, “The theatre of the mind”. Jeff Brown with WAY-FM posted a great blog post today. I invite you to respond on his site. He asked four questions about the future of radio. I put my responses on his blog and here. As long as we drive our own cars, we will love radio. As soon as cars ride on rails like in I Robot, radio may fade. How do you prefer to interact with radio? Phone? Text? Twitter? Not at all/Passive listener?Radio needs to get ahead of the curve. With all the studies on distracted drivers and laws being passed, the NAB and NRB need to join together to create a new radio dashboard...

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