Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Becoming a critical problem. I have 26 app updates I can't make, a couple of new apps I'd like to download but can't because of this problem.
Just had very, very bad experience with their service tech on chat.
Keep getting run around. Very well could be that I've done something stupid like set up two accounts with them, now they are tangled up.
But whatever caused the problem, doesn't seem to me it should be this hard to fix.
Anyone else having a problem? Looks like there might be a few of you, traffic has picked up on www.JohnWren.com
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
SmallBizChamber.org +Recover+Start+Grow+Flourish+ AGDM+: Amar Bhide on Innovation and Prosperity
Thursday, December 04, 2014
http://www.SmallBizChamber.org or call me any time (other than Friday afternoons0 (303)861-1447
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thomas Keating, OCSO is one of the founders of Centering Prayer and Contemplative Outreach, a spiritual network that teaches Centering Prayer and provides a support system for those who practice it. He is the author of many books and recorded presentations on Contemplative Prayer. The practice of Centering Prayer, and the spiritual, historical and psychological basis of it, are described and elaborated in several of Thomas Keating’s works, including Open Mind, Open Heart and Invitation to Love
A New Freedom
Effects of Centering Prayer
Whether you have been in recovery for a long time or are just beginning, you probably have experienced a lot of frustrated feelings that didn’t just go away when you got abstinent or sober...problems with relationships, work, anxiety, depression, or feelings of emptiness. These feelings are natural for us no matter what our addiction and the amount of time in recovery we have. But we don’t have to let them rule our lives. The 11th Step offers us a solution!
1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
The positive effects of the prayer are experienced in daily life and not necessarily during the prayer period itself. During this prayer, avoid analyzing the experience, or having expectations such as: continuously repeating the sacred word; having no thoughts; achieving a spiritual experience. It is important not to judge the success of your prayer period. The only thing you can do wrong in this prayer is to get up and leave. You may find yourself getting in touch with feelings of pain, lust, or fear, even remembering feelings or events you forgot about long ago. There is no way to change or repair the damage of a lifetime EASILY or QUICKLY.
Through the simple method of Centering Prayer we can improve our relationship with the Ultimate Power of life. This is true whether we call that power God, Allah, Mother, another name or no name.
4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
This type of prayer has been used over the centuries, but it is different from what we may think of as prayer. It is not the type of prayer we are used to, like praying for something we want. It is simply moving deep within ourselves, in silence, saying nothing, asking for nothing, just being and allowing our Higher Power to be with us.
1. The “sacred word” is sacred not because of its inherent meaning, but because of the meaning we give it as the expression of our intention and consent. Examples: Love, Let Go, Serenity, Peace, Silence, Faith, Trust, Gentle, etc.
Growth will happen when we practice Centering Prayer in the context of the 12 Steps.
For those who are working a recovery program, parallels can be found between the transformation that Centering Prayer brings and the process of growth facilitated as we work the 12 Steps.
2. “Sitting comfortably” means relatively comfortably so as not to encourage sleep during the time of prayer.
• Develops in us a nonjudgmental attitude of ourselves and others
2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
3. When engaged with your thoughts*, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
*thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections
Everyone moves at his or her own pace in Centering Prayer. Just doing the prayer and opening our self to the presence of our Higher Power in silence will encourage you to keep going.
3. By “returning ever-so-gently to the sacred word” a minimum of effort is indicated. This is the only activity we initiate during the time of Centering Prayer.
• Emerging capacity to listen and serve others
• Enhances our ability to “Let Go and Let God”
• We grow in self knowledge which at times may be painful
• Nurtures our ability to live in the present moment and just for today
Friday, November 21, 2014
Live or work in University Station neighborhood? (Denver areas of Wash Park, Merrill, Observatory Park, University Park, Wellshire, and Cherry Hills.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
|Crest of the family of Sir|
Christopher Wren, who gave
the talk at the first meeting
of the Royal Academy. Are
we related? Very unlikely.
He'd been fighting cancer for years, but suddenly that summer of 1979 it took a turn for the worst. Much worse.
"Don't worry honey, we're going to whip this," were his last words to mom. She and I and the Smith's and Cearly's were standing around his bed when his breathing changed and then very suddenly stopped all together.
He'd worked hard for 55 years, 9 months, and 5 days. Too hard.
In one of my last talks with pop I asked him why he'd never told me anything about his father, who had died we were told when pop was only 9 years old. "I guess I always resented him. I was just a little guy when he died, and my life would have been a lot easier if he'd fought it a little harder.
|John E. Wren in 1969.|
He had a lot of good friends, several he'd stayed in touch with since high school. He loved his family, playing catch, going to school events, gardening, especially rose gardening, pheasant hunting, fishing from his boat on Lake Granby, God, his mother and sisters and their families, mom, and he especially loved this great country, the United States of America, where a poor boy from a small town could make something out of his life. He was proud that all 3 of his sons graduated from the University of Denver. He hated paying so much in taxes, especially inventory tax.
He dreamed of buying an RV and traveling the country with mom, and also of starting a foundation to give a hand to others who, like him, had lost their father at a young age.
Today medicine has advanced and the prostrate cancer which finally spread and took him would most likely be treated for full recovery and he'd have had 30+ more years, who know what he would have accomplished.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Since 1979 we've been helping people who are starting in a new direction with their work. Since 1727 if you go back to when Ben Franklin started what we consider our first meeting, what he and the others called the Junto, what we call today a Franklin Circle.
For more check out our website (above) or Facebook Page (click here) or Tweet us @IDEACafe .
At any of these you'll see a link to a sample of our online Friday morning The Startup Show, hope you'll mark your calendar and watch live then or visit anytime for a recording of the show.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
See link to DU report below on previous post.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Those who "Like" our page will be invited to join a live, face to face group here in Denver that is forming. "Like" the page and you'll also get an invitation of the new Google+ Hangout group that may start in the next few weeks.
Questions? Call (303)861-1447
Sunday, October 19, 2014
There is a good chance it will help you, too.
Here is a new special offer. First join our Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Meetup.com group. Mark your calendar and RSVP to be with us online next Friday morning and/or next Friday afternoon here in Denver, or if not next Friday one Friday soon. http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber
Then take just a minute to click on the image of the cover of my little book on the upper right corner of this page. Take a couple of hours and read it, then give me a call.
If you don't find the book and talking with me helpful, I'll give you your money back five times over for the Kindle edition, I'll mail you a $5 bill.
But do us both a favor and don't wait.
This life is very short, let's get started now!
Click on the book cover, read, then give me a call later today or tomorrow at (303)861-1447.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
New! Socrates Cafe Saturdays 6;30 p.m. @DUCommons , see http://t.co/jp48B0nony. Questions john Wren (303)861-1447 @MBAatDU @DU_PioneersWe will be meeting in the beautiful new Anderson Learning Commons, where Penrose Library used to be. We'll gather in the lounge area in front of the coffee bar (closed Saturday evenings unfortunately, so you may want to make a stop at Pete's Cafe on the corner of Evans & University for a coffee to go before the meeting-- might buy you parking in one of their spaces, but be sure to ask) depending on how many are with us we'll go to a private study room.
— John Wren +++ Start! (@JohnSWren) October 16, 2014
When people attend an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop with no idea what kind of work they want to do, I recommend they attend a session or two of Socrates Cafe or similar group. Sort of like those late night dorm discussions about the big questions of life. Free entertainment if nothing else. :-)
Hope you'll join us this Saturday or some Saturday soon. No RSVP required, walkins are welcome. But it's to your advantage to RSVP, we'll notify you if there is a sudden change in meeting place or cancellation. Click here, then the University of Denver Socrates Cafe.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Harvard Business Review Press published Babson's President's book a couple of years ago, "Just Do It!" Why didn't the book hit the best seller list?
Because of the brainwashing of the Small Business Administration, our tax-funded enterprise to snuff out the spirit of true entrepreneurs, and they've done a darn good job of it according to Nobel Economist Edmund Phelps's most recent book Mass Flourishing which documents the disappearance of U.S. get up and go, what he calls vitalism and dynamism, starting about 4 decades ago.
Amar Bhide first sound the alert on this back in 1994 with his Oxford University Press book The Origin & Evolution of New Businesses. I'll bet you've never heard of it either.
This should be an issue in the current political campaigns, but it's not. A campaign for 2016 Presidential election that took up this drum beat would do a lot of good for the country, might even lead to a victory. Stranger things have happened.
Instead Inc Magazine continues to publish articles from failures saying, 'gosh, I wish I'd planned more." Disgraceful.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
2. Love (do HP’s will) God and love (help) my neighbors. Don’t love any rules or plan.
3. Be hard on myself, watch for dishonesty, selfishness, self-centeredness, and fear.
4. No resentments: Be gentle and forgiving of others, give them the benefit of the doubt.
5. Examine/ 11th step 2x/ day: Pause, connect, be grateful, correct, ask for help.
6. Simple plan: What does HP want me to be, what am I called to do next?
7. Start now. Tomorrow morning start again. Persistence is actually repeated starts.
8. Be a life-long learner: Watch one, do one, teach one, then write about it.
9. PERMA Metrics 0 to 5: Positive, Engaged, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplished.
10 Don't have a group meeting when we can talk 1 to 1. Don't call when I can be there. Don't write when I can call. Don't post comment when I can write message.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Amarillo paper today.
If you knew mom we hope you'll attend the celebration of her life with us here in Denver tomorrow (Mon, 9/29) and/or post a story about her on the link via the Denver Post and Olinger's.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
|Mom with grandsons Jeffery and Tyler.|
At 7:50 a.m. this morning my mother Martha Jane (Edwards) Wren passed on. She was 89 this past July.
Mom told me she was born in Cave Springs, Arkansas where her parents F. Lee and Myrna Edwards knew a doctor, but she was really from Amarillo, Texas.
Her dad was a very talented salesman but not a great father. Her mother supported the family after Lee died in 1946 with a beauty shop she had always had in her home where Mom grew up, 826 Florida.
Mom was a cheerleader and a good student at Amarillo High School, where she met my dad, John E. Wren, who was a year ahead of her.
Her senior year in high school (class of '43) she was elected school queen in the fall and most popular in the spring. She was awarded a full scholarship to Colorado Women's College, but chose to instead attended business school in Amarillo until dad was discharged from the Navy and they married March 16, 1945. In 1949 we moved to Colorado where mom and dad started Western Merchants Wholesale Company which they sold in 1969.
Mom and dad had a close circle of friends, the Cearly's (Ann was mom's best friend I imagine), the Herren's, the Smith's, the Joy's, the Deeb's and others. They played bridge each month and dad and his buddies had a poker game most months. They were members of the Valley Country Club and founding members of Pinehurst Country Club, the 26th Club, Mount Vernon Country Club, and the Denver Athletic Club, and Wilshire Presbyterian Church. They traveled in all parts of the US and the world.
Dad passed on in 1979, far too early, and in time mom became very good friends with Ernie Snell
who also belonged to Pinehurst Country Club and had a condo on the 11th fairway, as did mom. Ernie died a few years ago. They were both avid golfers and travelers.
I had the rare privilege of attending her 50th high school reunion with her and it was clear she was still the most popular with her many class mates of that greatest generation.
Mom was a great business woman, I don't believe dad would have been nearly as successful without her, a great mother, we always had clean clothes, a clean house, and a great dinner on the table at 6 p.m. She was an extraordinary grandmother to her 7 grandkids. She was a life long Presbyterian, and for the past 20 years she read an Alanon daily reading book almost every day and marked the page with the year.
God bless you Mom, thanks to you and dad for all the good memories.
|We had no idea this would be the last real celebration of mom's birthday a year ago.|
|On the cake was a photo of the house in Loveland when we came to Colorado in 1949.|
|Mom with granddaughter Monica celebrating her 88th birthday a year ago last July.|
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I just now announced to start of Wren College. We will focus on the disciplines of adult self-directed learning and business startup.
If you have teaching experience and an understanding of adult self-directed learning, I'd like to talk with you. Also I'd like to talk with people who have teaching experience and who agree with my understanding of the business startup process, see my little book on Amazon.com, Daring Mighty Things. If you'd be interested in talking with me about teaching call me at (303)861-1447.
Look for more announcements soon, but for now you can check us out on our very simple website http://www.WrenCollege.org
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
"Like any true mirror, the gaze of God receives us exactly as we are, without judgment or distortion, subtraction or addition."
My mother is very ill.
Yesterday from her hospital bed she put her had on my right cheek and gazed into my eyes and I felt blessed.
November 15, 1979 my dad passed on, just 10 years after selling the business we'd been building for 20 years after moving to Colorado from Texas.
The day before rom his hospital bed in the same hospital, too weak for words pop had given me a final hug.
Thank-you God for the gift of their lives together, the gift my life you've given through them, and through me and Janet to our four children and grand children.
Strengthen us all now by your real presence, your hug, my we all feel your hand on our cheek, your gaze into our eyes, strength to share with others this day forever more.
Thank you God, thank you mom and pop, and thank you who is reading this and we share this eternal moment. Please pray for my mom, and please pray for me to be able to be a channel of God's love, peace, and the certain knowledge that she'll soon have the joy of pop's hug again.
This life is so very short, don't wait. Now, right now, hear The Call, "come!" Let's start!
It's only too late if we don't start now, trusting that the little we can do, with God's help, is enough.
God bless you and your Journey.+++
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
I don't think the resume makes much difference for people who really want to go to work now.
What does make a difference?
Phone calls to network (real network, people who know you and your work, not idiots who swap business cards) get referral, call, meet, close. Goes fast for those who really want to go to work, and without that real desire to go to work now, as a consultant, employee, a spouse, or best friend, nothing is going to happen no matter how perfect the resume or career path or industry and company knowledge, or any of the mind numbing distractions that hold us back.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
How we made Creative Density People First:
- We started with a community first and then got a space. The members were involved on the early decisions of the space, the location, and what our vision was from the very start. The space was just a gather spot for the community that was already formed. Three years later this has had beneficial rippling effects that continues to form our culture.
- We give high-fives and are open about it. We tell people up front that we are a group of smart and friendly people that want to get to know you. We introduce people, say hey to them, and aren’t afraid to give a high-five. It’s amazing how a simple introduction and a morning hello opens people up. I, as the community manager, also like to celebrate victories community members may have.
- The coworkers create casual social activities for a break in work. We play yards games. They are a great casual social activity that lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and doesn’t require too much skill. We found this activity to be the best catalyst to creating a community. Friday’s take-yourself-to-lunch events are very popular too. None of these activities are required and people should feel pressure to participate, but it’s sets a signal of openness that is carried throughout the space.
- We listen to the community for events. We hosting monthly(ish) educational meetings decided by the community. The most recent guests are lawyers, financial planners, website builders, and health insurers for independents. We only do events when the community states a desire for one or interest in a topic that is brought forward. There have been too many times we hosted many events during the week and it was disturbing for the community.
- Coworking Voices Roundtable. This is a community meeting where we discuss policies of the space and brainstorm ways that we can be a better community to make us professionally and personally stronger. This is a more formal way for us to evaluate how we are doing things and to let the community vote on changes.
- Assume yes. Creative Density should feel like your work clubhouse. We get the barriers out of the way so once people come in they can get comfortable and hopefully leave their signature on the space. We want the community to form the space. Can I hang up a poster here? Yes. Can I host my bookclub after hours? Yes. Can we I hang a sign about starting a mastermind group? Yes. Can I have a candle? No…sorry.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Interesting discussion of the key quality needed by leaders to encourage grassroots innovation, other ways ideas are encouraged (it's not a suggestion box.)
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Use the Secretary of State's website to check and make sure the name you have chosen is not already in use. To do this, go to the Business Database. The tutorial also includes a link to this database.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The name of the Friday meeting has been changed to Denver Capitol Hill IDEA Café.
I'll be using the IDEA Café tomorrow and next Friday to help me make decisions about further changes in my work, it would be great to have you with us.
Please take a minute to RSVP yes or no for tomorrow, ok? Click below:
Denver Capitol Hill IDEA Startup Café
Panera Bread, 13th & Grant St.
2 to 3:30 p.m. Free.
Questions? Want to start a similar workshop in cooperation with your local chamber or other group? Call me at (303)861-1447, we could meet before or after the meeting tomorrow or next Friday.
PLEASE SHARE WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED. THANKS!
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Big opportunity of the county political party that starts aggressively reaching out now in anticipation of the 2016 Colorado Caucus.
GOP Governor's race was bound to be a surprise, no matter what happened. See my comments, posted at bottom of this Denver Post editorial that's worth reading, too: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_26027687/second-chance-bob-beauprez
President Eisenhower told us that in our system of government politics must be the part-time occupation of every citizen.
Let's all promise to do just a little bit more in our part-time job between now and the Colorado Caucus of 2016. You can start right now just by taking a couple of minutes to read the above editorial, reading my comment there, and then letting me know what you think, and more importantly what you are going to DO.
Me? What am I going to DO? I'm going to start by renewing my subscription to the Denver Post.
Post your comment here, or call me. (303)861-1447.
Life is short, but it's only too late if we don't start now!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
What's your opinion about this? More important, what is your experience? What games have you played that have helped you learn? What TV shows have you watched that helped you learn?
Click here for DU Video Cast: Steven Berlin Johnson, popular science author and contributing editor to Wired magazine, discusses why every type of media is valuable to learning. Johnson contends for the notion that culture has risen to a new level of complexity versus the belief that the world is "dumbing down" because of technology and entertainment. He examines popular culture through cognitive exercise. He asks, "How does the interfaces of the web, tv, etc. that are apart of popular culture now and days compare to what it was like in 1977?" He asserts that there is a trend to more complexity and greater engagement, what he calls "The Sleeper Curve." Kids are learning despite themselves, and it provides a great opportunity. His talk highlights the benefits of games, participatory media, and books.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
See video below of announcement of Dr. Chopp as new Chancellor at the University of Denver.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Library of Congress tell us that James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, which was written in 1931, stated that the American dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position." (p.214-215)
Here's the history of the usage of the word. As you can see when it really took off is when American Dream was picked up by National Home Builders Association as a way to encourage more home ownership.
I researched this in early 1990s and right after I'd discovered this history of the usage, the fact that Truslow had first used it in his book The Epic of America, I came across a copy for just a couple of buck in a used book store.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
My little book, endorsed by Dr Amar Bhide, has been on sale for the last 20 years, as far as I know it has never done any harm and a lot of people have told me it has helped them. The Kindle version is 99-cents, and I’d suggest the committee buy it and make copies for all committee members, you have my permission to do so. Go to Amazon.com and search on “John Wren, Daring Mighty Things.”