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The Monday Man: Hiatus

Just like any good programming or story, there needs to be an intermission. An intermission that allows the audience to ruminate on what they have witnessed thus far, to contemplate what will happen next, and to allow the performers to take a breath and relax.

So in the spirit of all three, please stand by.

The Monday Man will be back.



The Monday Man: Budget Your Time

We all have heard the expression “Time is Money,” but do we truly value what it means? Do we internalize this statement and live and breathe it, not just recite it out of memory?

The expression is taken from Benjamin Franklin’s Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old Onean essay written by Franklin in 1748. It is rich of important lessons regarding business and wealth, and the necessity of managing both time and money. I bring this to your attention this morning as I do not think that each of us fully realizes the profound effects of mismanagement of time. Money can always be earned back, but time can never be regained. Just as small expenses add up to large sums, small wastes of times add up to years lost of your life. We must be entirely conscious and aware of our time spent, as each minute and hour can be equated to a carefully chosen brick in the construction of house. What house do you want to build for yourself? What destiny do you want to create for your life?

It is entirely up to you. The words you speak, the actions you take, the time you spend. It all adds up.

Track your time and watch where it goes, as to to quote Franklin, “Waste neither Time nor Money, but make the best use of both.” 

So it is truly all about the Benjamins.



The Monday Man: EN.LIST (Grove Studios Edition)

Today’s post is a very special one. I am excited to announce the launch of The Grove Studios on 71 Orange Street. Formerly the space of the Grove, Kevin Ewing and Co. decided to transform it into a creative space to tell your stories. Whereas the Grove is a space designed to foster dreams, the Grove Studios is a place to tell your story.

I encourage each of you to walk around the block (it’s only one block!) to our neighbors at the Grove Studios and check out the space. There is a Radio Studio, a TV Studio, Coworking Spaces, and Private Meeting Rooms.

The Grove Studios needs our support in its initial stages, so let’s provide strength in numbers from the Grove community. It is a no-brainer to EN.LIST in the Grove Studios and to support another Grover Venture.

Additionally, Grovers receive a discounted membership to Grove Studios. So go tell your story!

For more information, check out Better yet, walk on over to 71 Orange Street and say hello to Kevin.


The Monday Man (Tuesday Edition) EN.RICH

After a three day weekend, and especially a holiday weekend, the question on everyone’s minds is “what was the highlight of your weekend?”

Yes the weather was beautiful. Yes there was plenty of food and beverage. Yes the extra day off was wonderful. Yes to all things summer.

Yet, to me, it’s none of the above. The highlight was the great company and friendship.

I spent the entire weekend with one or several of the same people at various events and gatherings and the thread of laughter throughout the days was a joy to be a part of. We had a board game party on Friday night, a friendly yet competitive atmosphere where there were multiple games happening at once, all accompanied by a live soundtrack of excited yelling and stock-market eagerness. On Saturday, I ventured to the Wooster Square Farmer’s Market by myself and ran into a friend, and then proceeded to spend the day together with homemade grilled cheese (Bread from G Monkey, Cheese from Beaver Brook Farms, and Spring Garlic), lots of good conversation and connection, and homemade pizza. The next day, Sunday, four of us met for brunch and enjoyed a lazy morning/afternoon filled with jokes and freshly poured mimosas. And finally, on Memorial day, a few dozen of us gathered a friend’s house in Woodbridge and spent the day playing flag football, grilling, walking to a nearby lake, savoring refreshing drinks, and shooting a BB gun.

Needless to say, it was a blast. But why did I go into such detail regarding my weekend activities?  It is because the people and the company, and the adventures that followed, are the most EN.RICHing parts of my life. Each individual person and their uniqueness of being is an adventure in and of itself and to spend consistent time with each character provides for a continuous building of friendship. This development creates EN.GAGEMENT and a life filled with positive relationships and activity. The other qualities to the weekend were just as wonderful, but you could take them away in an instant if I had to choose between the two.

There is nothing like the enriching, soul-warming feeling of friendship.




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The Monday Man: EN.SUE

Success. Do we even know what it means? I do not ask this in a philosophical manner, as to discuss our own individual interpretations of the concept, but rather in a linguistic manner: do we actually know what the word means?

In the year 2014, success seems to be synonymous with tangible representations of wealth, popularity or notoriety among the masses, or an accomplishment of a goal. However, I would argue that the word success has nothing to do with the former, and I have the evidence to prove my case. The Latin etymology of the word succeed is “succedere” which simply means to come after or to follow after. This stays consistent with the Late 14th Century Old French etymology of “succeder” which means to follow on. The Latin etymology of success is quite similar: “successus” meaning a result or an outcome.

So as you can see, we are quite off the mark. Success is not the achievement or attainment of an individual or collective goal. Success simply means that there is a next step. It doesn’t really matter what it is, per say, but simply that there is a next step. A result, an outcome, a follow-up, an ensuing event.

With that in mind, what will EN.SUE in the coming weeks for the Grove? After a raucous month of RE and a growth of many new initiatives and projects, how do we ensure success in the future?

It is easy: one step at a time.


The Monday Man


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