Thank You!

Four years ago, Maury C. Moose was brought to life thanks to the generosity of 89 amazing people.

When I was first looking to create a children’s book about a moose with a punny name, I realized one thing very quickly…I needed help. I didn’t know what I was doing or how I would actually make this book a reality. I turned to Kickstarter and simply spoke from the heart.

I explained my idea, my struggle and how I could use some help. I clicked submit on the Kickstarter page and was scared to death. What if people didn’t like my idea? What if they didn’t like me? Would my dreams of writing a book be destroyed before they even started?

What happened next was amazing…

I got my first backer (shout out to Will & Julie Heher). Then I got another one. And another one. Maury C. Moose was becoming a reality right before my eyes.

On October 23, 2013 my Kickstarter campaign ended and I raised $5,725. All thanks to 89 amazing people. 

Four years later, I have turned my small idea into a children’s book series with 4 stories and dozens of ideas for what Maury can do next. I am so excited for the future of Maury and if you are one of the 89 Kickstarter backers (or anyone else who has joined along the way), I have one thing to say…

THANK YOU!

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The One Thing Happy People Do Differently

Have you ever noticed that some memories are just more powerful than others? More often than not, these memories are negative.

Why is that? And what can we do about it?

To find the answers to those questions and more check out this article I wrote for Fulfillment Daily. It takes a science-based look the one thing happy people do differently, and how we can apply that mindset to our lives.

The One Thing Happy People Do Differently – Fulfillment Daily

Why do we say ‘boo’ on Halloween?

I am not sure if there were Halloween decorations in the year 1515, but if there were, they very well could have featured the word boo.

Boo, and the variations “bo” or “boh,” date back to around 500 years ago. The word is of Scottish origin but some trace it to a Greek word that meant “to cry aloud, roar or shout.”

In the 18th century, booing began being used as a sound of displeasure, as Italian opera fans were often called boo birds when they did not enjoy a show. According to linguists, the word is such a great word to show discontent “because ‘ooh’ or ‘oh’ sounds can be pronounced at a higher volume than other vowel sounds, such as the ‘ee’ in ‘wheel.’ Since boo is a monosyllable, it can also be said very quickly, which may add to its scariness.”

So let’s recap…the word boo is based on a Greek word that means to roar & it is easy to say loudly and at a rapid pace. A loud & fast road. Seems like the perfect scary word for Halloween.

But not everyone agrees. In Spain, they say “uuh” to scare somebody. In France it’s “hou” and in Czech it’s “baf.”

40% Off Sale

To celebrate the release of the latest book, I would like to offer a special 40% off sale for books #2 & #3 in the Maury C. Moose Children’s Book Series. For one week only, you can get Maury C. Moose and The Facebrook or Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier for just $6 on Amazon.

Click here to buy Maury C. Moose and The Facebrook

Click here to buy Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier

Or, if you already have both of those, click here to get the brand new book — Maury C. Moose and the Basketball ChamPUNship.

The sale will last until 11:59pm PT on Monday, October 16th.

Understand You Don’t Understand

A third grade math teacher understands that his students do not understand complex long division of the first day of school. This knowledge helps the teacher and student succeed.

A football coach understands that his rookie quarterback does not understand the play book on the first day of training camp. Without this awareness the coach and player would fail.

Taylor Swift understands that not every music listener will understand her hit songs. This understanding allows her to tune out the critics.

It is not difficult to look and see what others do not understand. We see their past experience and we are able to recognize what they know and what they don’t know.

It is easy to see it in others, but how many of us understand what we do not understand?

We think we need to know everything and we hate to admit that we do not know something. We get in trouble when we do not understand that we do not understand.

When I started writing a book a few years ago, I didn’t understand what it took to publish a book. It took me quite a while to admit that. Only when I fully understood that I was lost, was I able to look for help.

We are powerless if we think we already know everything. A coach or a teacher is more powerful with the knowledge that his player or student needs teaching. This allows the coach/teacher to tailor a program to get the pupil on the right track.

The same goes for us when we are both the coach and the player.

It is okay to not understand. We aren’t experts on day one. Understanding that we don’t understand is the first step on the road to improvement.

September Recap

In case you missed a post or two this month, here’s a quick recap of what I wrote about during the month of September:

Questions I Asked –

Why Does The Hair On My Head Grow Longer Than The Hair On My Body? – Xie Qiuping set the Guinness World Record for longest hair on May 8th, 2004 when her hair was measured at 18 ft 5.54 in (5.627 m). Kenzo Tsuji holds the Guinness World Record for longest arm hair at 7.44 in (18.90 cm). Find out why one is so much longer.

How Was The Length Of A Marathon Determined? – I’ve always wondered how they came up with that length, 26.2 miles. Why not 26 or 27? And what is that distance in kilometers? Let’s find out in an edition of Wonder Why Wednesday.

 

Things We Learned –

A New Maury C. Moose Book Is On Its Way – Check out the post from here, here and here for more information.

Why I Will Never Run A Marathon – Its not that I don’t know how. There is much more to it than that.

What You Must Do If You Do To The Narrows At Zion National Park – Hint: it takes some work.

What Inspired The Above Post About The Narrows – I speak from experience when I say it takes some work.

 

Fun With Numbers –

5 Good Things – There may be a lot going wrong in our world these days, but this month was the easiest month to find good news stories. That gives me hope that not all is negative out there.

5 Things We Can Learn From Chapstick – In the installment of “Five Things We Can Learn From Everyday Objects” we talk about something that I use everyday.

5 Fun Facts About Lip Balm – Another post about lip balm? That’s right. #3 is pretty amazing.

3 Ways to Avoid Decision Quicksand – Find out why I am the Peyton Manning of making decisions and what I can do to change.

5 Good Things

Having a rough week? Feel like there is nothing but negative stories online, on TV and in the newspaper? Looking for a little pick me up?

Here are 5 good things going on in our world…

  1. Southwest Airlines Flew A Cabin Full Of Animals Out Of Storm-Hit Houston– Dozens of cats and dogs were flown to San Diego for adoption, freeing up space in Texas shelters.
  2. Pitbull sends private plane to bring cancer patients from Puerto Rico to US for chemo – The music superstar is sending his private jet to the U.S. territory to help ferry cancer patients to the mainland for chemo treatments.
  3. Hero dog saves lives following earthquake in Mexico – Frida, the beloved Labrador rescue dog, has been dispatched to Mexico City to help search for survivors caught in the rubble.
  4. Texas Woman Uses Her Extreme Couponing Skills To Help Hurricane Victims – Kimberly Gager has helped dozens of families who have stopped by her home to pick up goods after hearing of her generosity by word of mouth or on Facebook.
  5. Hero Groom Saves Boy From Drowning During Wedding Photo Shoot – Newlyweds Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing for photos on a park bridge in in Kitchener, Ontario when Clayton noticed a little boy struggling to swim in the river. With no concern for his wedding attire, Clayton jumped into the water and pulled the boy out.

Why Does The Hair On My Head Grow Longer Than The Hair On My Body?

Xie Qiuping set the Guinness World Record for longest hair on May 8th, 2004 when her hair was measured at 18 ft 5.54 in (5.627 m).

Kenzo Tsuji holds the Guinness World Record for longest arm hair at 7.44 in (18.90 cm).

Both have far more hair than any of us will ever have, but it raises the question: why does the hair on our heads grow much longer than the hair on our bodies? Let’s find out in today’s edition of Wonder Why Wednesday…

Why Does The Hair On My Head Grow Longer Than The Hair On My Body?

To learn why our head hair is longer than our arm hair we first must understand how hair growth works.

The Washington Post explains it this way:

All hair and fur grows in cycles. In the anagen phase, a protein root down in your hair follicle starts accumulating cells that form into a rope-like structure we know as hair. Your scalp’s blood supply feeds the follicle and allows it to divide into more cells. As long as the anagen phase lasts, your hair will grow longer and longer, unless you cut or break it, at a rate of about a half-inch each month.”

The growth cycle for head hair varies for each of us, but it usually lasts a few years. At the end of the cycle the follicle slowly withers and the hair new cells no longer get fed.

The reason our body hair is much shorter is because their growth cycle is much shorter. The hair on our arms, legs and other parts of our body may have a cycle that lasts just a few weeks, rather than years. In less than a month, our body signals to the hair follicle that its time is done and the dead strand either falls off or is moved out by a new one as the new anagen phase begins.