Sunday, December 26, 2021

Topic for Socrates Cafe? Tell us what you think.


You are invited to join me online today for a live Sunday 10 a.m. MST Online Jesuit Mass or any time after that by recording, then tell us what you think at one of the Socrates Cafe Society's dialogues. For links see my Facebook Page now via Questions? Call and leave message for me (303)861-1447 Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2021

A Christmas Story.

Kafka the writer is said to have told this story to some friends. In 1920 he was taking a walk through the park in Berlin and noticed a little girl sitting on bench crying. He asked her what was the matter, and sadly she shared she had lost her doll. "Let's look for it," Kafka said and they did, but the doll was no where to be found.

It was starting to get dark. Kafka told the little girl they should come back the next

Merry Christmas! My gift to you-- RICHARD ROHR : HELL & THE DEVIL

Monday, November 29, 2021

Who do you know who might really appreciate some help?

Do you have a friend or relative who wants to start in a new direction with their work? What are starting a new project or campaign, a new career or a new business? 

Please forward this along to your friends who might be interested. They will thank you and so will I if you'll let me know what you've done.

Check this out:

Friday, November 12, 2021

Socrates Cafe topic: "US Military Operations & Philosophy of War."

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Veteran's Day

"For Veteran’s Day I just started reading John Musgrave’s “The Education of Corporal John Musgrave,” after reading interview this weekend in or “ For more call me, my cell is (303)861-1447 I’m going to suggest the topic “Military Education: What have been the lessons in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, January 6, and Afghanistan ?" at a Socrates Café this week

Saturday, November 06, 2021


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Mustard Seed Startup?

Friday, October 22, 2021

Free 20 minute telephone consultation

Want help? Since 1967 I've helped lots of people with all kinds of problems, maybe I can help you. Let's talk, just me and you, on the telephone.

I do this one day at a time, when I get my next major engagement I take this down, so call now. Before we talk you might want to read my little book, "Daring Mighty Things" via Amazon Kindle

 Call me now and leave a complete, confidential message (303)861-1447 Call now, I'd hate for us to miss this opportunity to work together. John S Wren (303)861-1447

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: Why Blogger CMS Platform Is Best For Beginners - L...

What if we formed a blog of bloggers, made each of our blogs more of a dialogue and less of a debate? And that we leave current politics and religion to the institutions of our choice? In other words make our blog of blogs at it's best an Online Socrates Cafe at it's best?

Let's talk about this tonight (Aug 31) or any Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for now link to Zoom on our SBCC Socrates Cafe Online Facebook Page  Questions? Suggestions? Want help starting a new Socrates Cafe in your local library? Call me, John Wren, (303)861-1447  

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: Why Blogger CMS Platform Is Best For Beginners - L...

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Capitalized or not, one thing is for sure: the more we talk about startup the fewer startups.

When talking about a business from first thought to first sale are we talking about a startup or a start-up? AP Style book says startup, Websters say startup. Looking at this ngram analysis by Google for the use of the word in book, magazine articles, and titles (capitalized) this is how we have been talking about new businesses, campaigns, and projects since 1940, the hughe change came after WWII. Why, do you suppose? Topic for Socrates Cafe?

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Wikipedia, PLEASE post a Self-Directed Learning article!

Malcolm Knowles, the originator of the method called it Self-Directed Education. Now there seems to be an organized effort to make us call it Self-Direct Education. The effort seems to be failing. So please Wikipedia, allow a Self-Directed Learning article, stop directing inquiries to Autodydact, that's something else. For more about Self-Direct Learning see the 1975 book from Malcolm Knowles with that title, "a Guide for Learners and Teachers." Each member of the faculty will be following Knowles when we start this fall. Come teach with us! or call (303)861-1447

Friday, July 02, 2021

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: The world's smallest political flier!

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: The world's smallest political flier!: The world's smallest political flier!

Socrates Cafe: Better to be a dissatisfied Socrates or a satisfied pig?

Tonight's Socrates Cafe. Topic (sort of): Is it better to be a dissatisfied Socrates rather than a satisfied pig?

Tipping point for publishers.

The United States was covered by a patchwork of newspapers put out by local, independent publishers. Today corporate domination has killed many of these vitally important newspapers. Does your hometown newspaper have an indpendent publisher? If so, do you subscribe and advertise in it?

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. will be the SBCC educational division. "We teach to learn." : Satisfied?

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. will be the SBCC educational division. "We teach to learn." : Satisfied?: John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: Satisfied? Socrates Cafe Facebook Page, check it out:


Monday, June 21, 2021

Sunday, June 20, 2021

At 2:30 Daniel Pink gives a great tip, how to find a good job today:


My first post using

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: My first post on this blog, back in 2004. Thanks Google. This may be the best free service in the world. 

Father's Day 2010, then and now:

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: It's Father's Day, and I've been thinking about my...: From Father's Day 2010, Still true today. Thanks for the memories, Pop. Johnny.   "It's Father's Day, and I've been thinking about my dad this morning. Pop passed on November 15, 1979, he was just 55, far too ..."

Monday, June 07, 2021

Exit Strategy:

Psychopathic CEOs: Fact or Fiction? | SPSP

Psychopathic CEOs: Fact or Fiction? | SPSP Netflix "Mind Hunters" in the first season, I think it was the third episode, talked about the psychologist who studied CEOs and noticed the FBI research into serial killers showed the psychological profile of the two groups was very similar. Why was that theme dropped in future episodes? My hunch, complaints from a powerful, possibly psychopathic, CEO or two. Does anyone know?

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Walt Young, 50 Years in Denver.

New online peer group forming now, check it out:

 I'm about to start a new business. If you are doing the same thing, or if you've started a new business before and are willing to share your experience, please consider joining us.

First, go to and buy the Kindle version of my little book "Daring Mighty Things-- The Simplest Way to Start" if you haven't already. After you've read and re-read it rsvp for an Online IDEA Cafe tomorrow or any Friday  

Then call me. Or call me now. (303)861-1447 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

My first blog post, and why I'm a Democrat now:

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: Only on AOL Big Story - Page 1: "...: Only on AOL Big Story - Page 1 : "For Clif's marketing staff, this was close to the perfect storm: a smallish gath...

Psychodynamic and Spiritual Emotional Sobriety

 Interesting PhD thesis:

New group. Some of us are thinking of starting a discussion group centered on psychodynamic and spiritual approaches to recovery. If you are interested read the above and then call me for the date and time of our first meeting. Have a good meeting space you'd offer for this first meeting? Please call me. John (303)861-1447  

Rudy Giuliani in Denver BT (before Trump.)

 Rudy and me.  

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Unconscious Learning Study, very interesting.

Perception Without Awareness of What Is Perceived,Learning Without Awareness of What Is Learned 

John F. Kihlstrom

Yale University

Personal Processing-- Robert Langs' Self-Processing for Everyusone.

John S Wren, MBA+++ Life's short, start now!: Personal Processing-- Robert Langs' Self-Processin...: Friend,  Doing this seems to help me, so I want to share it with you. I’m not a medical or religious professional. This is my experience. Why do I share it freely? Sharing helps build WeMeUs. "No man is an island."

Monday, May 17, 2021

CDC Excess Death Report by Week.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Philosophy of Fake News


Saturday, April 03, 2021

Anton's Meetup Today:

April 3, 2021


Anton started coming to the LoDo Panera Bread Socrates Cafe, we haven’t met there for a year because of the Pandemic, but he has joined us online from time to time.

Seems like he started his then-new meetup a few weeks before that, and he’d gone to Friday and Saturday Socrates Cafes for a few months before that, he may have gone to Trinity Church Tuesday night Socrates Cafe, too. 

This morning I was supposed to meet with Dan, instead did Pray as You Go meditation, Examine of Lenten experience this year, started posting online and decided to set up Quarum Space, SBCC Method— The Practices of: Recover, Imagine, Think, Learn; to Start, Grow, Flourish. First question: what algorithms have you found most useful? For me IDEA and OODA Loop. As I wrote about what I’d done in journal got first member volunteering. We’ll see… as Kurt Vonnegut used to say regularly in his books.

Where’s Anton? I was hoping he’d get to his meeting early. Good for me to learn, I’ve started showing up right at 6:30 p.m. to Socrates Cafes here in Denver online on Saturdays (tonight), Tuesdays and Fridays, once a month 1st Sunday tomorrow, have I changed the time to 6:30 p.m.? Millions of little details like that, I’m working a lot, seems like playing a lot, and I guess it is since I’m not earning a penny. I’d never recommend anyone else do what I’ve done for the past 23+ years since Janet left.

12:15 p.m.

Starts at 12:30 p.m. ...

Great meeting, thanks Anton. Who am I to evaluate any Meetup meeting, especially the first time I attend it. Ed gave a good presentation on decision theory, then there was a good iscussion on the topic. We ran out of time when the topic of intuition came up, good starting place for tonight's Socrates Cafe?

Socrates Cafe, join us tonight or any Saturday, Tuesday, or Friday, this week also on 1st Sunday tomorrow, 6:30 p.m. see call with any question ((303)861-1447

Friday, April 02, 2021

Grassroots Learning.

An informal Socrates Cafe has been meeting here in Denver since  the Friday after 911. 

I just received this from someone who used to meet frequently with us here in Denver who I hadn't seen for a while:

Hi, John! Nice to hear from you! Thanks for thinking of me. I live in Boulder now, and right now we are in the middle of moving (just a half mile away, but a much nicer apartment). Socrates, you, and the other guys were a lifesaver when I first moved to Colorado and was trying to find my way, make connections, and get established. Now I am a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, building a new career, really enjoying what life offers. I send my gratitude to you and all the members.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Possible topic Friday: Do we need a national purpose?

 Excellent Socrates Cafe tonight, thanks Alex, Steve, Joel and Mike. As we discussed the shooting in Boulder and education today, the idea came up of a series of Socrates Cafe that might result in suggestions of what might be done to stem the tide of the downward environment for young men.

Join us next Friday or Saturday online if you might like to be part of the discussion. If we decide to undertake such an effort after the Socrates Cafe Online meetings next Friday and Saturday we will make a media release early next Friday.

Socrates Cafe Society is a project of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. For more see or call (303)861-1447.

Popularitiy of Self-Analysis, Psychotherapy, Meditation, and Prayer.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Science or ideology?

Very deceptive talk, in my opinion. Touts "deep canvasing" which is a well documented propoganda technique, while being critical of the Socratic Method.  

Might make a good topic for our next Online Socrates Cafe (click here.) PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE WHO YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Belated Happy Birthday Pop.

John E Wren, was born February 10 in 1924. Cancer took him November 15, 1979. He had 4 older sisters, his dad died when he was only 8. More about him on John E Wren Facebook Page

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Sail on!

Dear Churchill Wendell Wilkie will give you this--He is truly helping to keep politics out over here. I think this verse applies to you people as it does to us: "Sail on, Oh Ship of State! Sail on, Oh Union strong and great. Humanity with all its fears With all the hope of future years Is hanging breathless on thy fate." As ever yours Franklin D. Roosevelt

Friday, January 15, 2021

Socrates Cafe tonight!

Join us!

What caused the fake news boom?

The result of less interest in good journalism and the daily newspaer:

Lots of visitors suddenly right here on Thanks!

Online reorganization

Friday, January 15, 2021 We have just been shut out of Facebook. Seems I've been put on the list of trouble makers. I can only wish. As there is more news about this, you'll be able to find it here. John Wren (303)861-1447

Friday, January 08, 2021

Why be a Democrat?

CS Lewsis told us: go to the thinnest place in the line of battle.

Trumps Last Tweet?

I doubt it. My suggestion. Trump should resign, let Pence pardon him and include in the pardon an order to turn back on his Twitter account. My hunch. Trump will turn lemons into lemonaid, make a few more million out of all this. If the Democrats are vindictive, just that much the better, it will be like fighting tar baby in a politically incorrect book nearly everyone in my generation was raised with. I never liked Trump, never voted for him, never will, but the way he is being dissed by just about everyone is outrageous. My hunch, he will lead an effort to take over and then split the Democrats in their own party. That definately needs to be done. Splitting the pro-life vote is a calulated political manuver, in my opinion.