April showers bring May flowers. Mayflowers bring Pilgrims.

Hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and happy. We have survived (and thrived) longer than Noah did in his arc! To help stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues, this monthly(ish) email includes lots of links to interesting content, recommendations, and dad jokes for you. You can simply hit reply and let me know what you liked, what you want to chat more about, or what you wish there was more info about in here. Feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom if this doesn’t interest you.

Some Good News and Gratitude

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Reading Recommendations

  • Hibernation created the best reading period of my adult life with this giant stack of new books and the morning routine habit of reading for at least 60 minutes before checking my phone or emails
  • My favorite book from April is The Richest Man in Babylon (book report), which is a collection of stories from 6,000 years ago about the richest man in the richest city in human history. One key takeaway: A part of all you earn is yours to keep. Whenever you generate income, the first thing to do is to allocate 1/10 to pay yourself first.
  • You can check out my library for a series of book reports on my favorite books, and you can expect to see one of my book summaries in each of these monthly newsletters...

Kids Corner

As a highly qualified fun uncle, I found a collection of resources for parents to enjoy with their kids (shout out to Uplift and Kari for many of these):

L8r G8r Jokes

How do alligators give people a call?
...they croco-dial the phone!
How do alligators call an amoeba?
...on a cell phone!
How did the alligator remodel its bathroom?
...with reptiles!
What do you call an alligator in a vest? investigator!
It's easy to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile...
...a crocodile will see you in a while, an alligator will see you later.
Some crocodiles got together to write parody songs...
...they started a pun croc band.
My friend Chris was addicted to buying crocs, so his family had to have an intervention because he had hit CROC bottom!


I wrapped up the semester teaching at Georgetown with my last lecture on how to Be a Slave to Good Habits (slides) with the science behind habits, personal insights into my daily habits, and recommendations for defining your Minimum Acceptable Days in each of the 10 Pillars of Life.

What's one good habit you are working on?

Zoom Zoom Zo...Fatigue

The reason Zoom calls drain your energy
How to protect your energy during Zoom meetings
Research says we blink half as often when we watch things on screens as we normally would with face-to-face interactions. This means our eyes have a higher probability of getting dry, irritated, and tired. A few suggestions seem to help. One is to practice the “20-20-20” rule where every 20 minutes you take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. Another recommended tip is to take a break from screens every two hours for 15 minutes so your eyes can have a rest, or you can order a pair of Felix Gray blue light filtering glasses to protect yourself from incessant digital eye strain (and save 10% with MALLOY10 coupon code when you checkout).

Seth Godin shared several Pro Zoom Tips for the modern age

This Is My Good Side 

I received my first quarantined haircut for a nice trim over the ears, and thankfully the clippers haven't come close to my beard yet...

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

I am grateful that you made it this far and hope you found a few links worth clicking or gator jokes worth sharing. Sharing is caring and positive vibes are always welcome. Do you want to reply and tell me how things are going in your world?

Happy distance,
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