The Back Nine for January 7th, 2012

The Back Nine are stories and videos and stuff I uncovered this week that I enjoyed and felt were worth sharing for your weekend reading. Have a good one!

Is It Time To Clean Up Your Tribe? In spite of the fact that I’ve come to loathe the word ‘tribe,’ James Chartrand over at Men with Pens ponders an uncomfortable but necessary question. Opens with a great quote from Jim Rohn.

Your Clutter is Killing Your Creativity – You may agree with Einstein that an empty desk is the sign of an empty mind. Hey – he wasn’t that smart. I know that, like the author Jeff Goins, I am at my most productive when I’m free of clutter and distractions.

The Best Time to Buy Anything in 2012 – Incredibly interesting and useful post over at Lifehacker.

11 Best Travel Stories of 2011 – Love ‘best of’ lists. Love travel. Love travel writing. Go someplace else in your imagination today with help from Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama.

Q & A by StoryCorps – In early 2006, 12-year-old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger’s syndrome, interviewed his mother. Their one-of-a-kind conversation covered everything from cockroaches to Sarah’s feelings about Joshua as a son. (Thanks, Ryan.)

Does Max on Parenthood really have Asperger’s? No, but the show’s creator has a son on the autism spectrum, and here’s a touching interview from Disability Scoop with Max Burkholder, the actor who plays Max Braverman, on the show.

A Handy Index to All My Evernote Posts – I love Evernote, a cloud-based digital closet/file cabinet. Michael Hyatt’s really the one who taught me how to use it with this series of posts. (I also recommend the e-book – Evernote Essentials – that’s linked to in the feature box in Michael’s post.)

“Is it local?” – Portlandia’s spoof-with-love of hipsters. 2:32 of goodness.

Why Do Dogs Walk In a Circle Before Lying Down? Oh.

Background: Mike Reis; Foreground: Willie Reis at his first college basketball game. Go Dawgs!
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As CEO and Head Custodian of Miles & Company, Tim Miles helps owner-operated companies do more with less. He's the author of Good Company: Making It, Keeping It & Being It.