Author Archives: Brett Bloemendaal

Obsession

By | January 13, 2018

There was a movie I had been meaning to watch for some time now, The Number 23. It’s a heartwarming tale of someone who kills the person they love after discovering they weren’t loved in return, buries the body, writes a “book” about their life as a suicide note, jumps from a window but doesn’t die,… Read More »

The Betterman Holiday Wish List

By | December 23, 2017

With a new year soon upon us, and another Festivus just behind us, Bert has fallen into a reflective state again. Perhaps it’s the symbolic turning of the calendar, endings that beget new beginnings, that make me pause like a reindeer on a rooftop. Maybe it’s sitting inside a warm, seventy-degree house and staring at… Read More »

My Enemies of Creativity (And Why You Should Not Lock Toddlers in Basements)

By | October 29, 2017

Sometimes creative ideas burst out of me like brilliant rays of light, all youthful, fresh, and energetic…like toddlers seeing butterflies for the first time. So long as I feed them and let them out in the yard to play for a while, they run around spreading the joy of precious baby laughter forever…or at least… Read More »

Random Better Thoughts 5

By | July 30, 2017

What was thinking like before words? Before we created these unique and elaborate sets of mouth sounds to symbolize things and ideas (language), how did we think? I don’t know about you, but most of my active, conscious thinking is word dialogue, my Introverted Thinking (Ti) for those of you following the Myers Briggs Series… Read More »

Personality 2 – Bert’s Personality Revelation

By | June 14, 2017

At its outset, the day of interest to this post gave no indications of being anything other than ordinary. If memory serves, it was a Tuesday, in fact, the most ordinary of all days. Saturday and Sunday are the most exciting and anticipated, for obvious reasons…at least to the standard issue working stiff. Monday is Newton’s 3rd… Read More »

The Creative Process

By | May 17, 2017

I get asked all the time – by my mom and my imaginary friend Tommy Rickles – “How is it you create the cool, creative things you create?” In other words, “What’s your creative process to creating things?” Moms are always steadfast in their support, whether you’re a middling amateur, a world-class pro, or a… Read More »

Deep (Positive) Thoughts with Diana Steven

By | April 7, 2017

As the theme song to the classic TV sitcom Step By Step always told us, “We’ll make it better, the second time around.” Not that the first time was bad (I thought it went off without a hitch, especially for a couple of newbies), but better can always be bested here on the Bert Betterman Bettercast! Unfortunately… Read More »

Wake Up! Featuring Mr. (Scott) Palmer

By | April 1, 2017

Learning is fundamental…but it’s boring. Just like food, what’s good for you tastes terrible, so you have to choose between pleasure and health. Learning is like plain tofu on unflavored rice cakes, raw vegetables without the dip, gluten-free waffles sans syrup, a dry protein shake (yeah, no water), or licking sandpaper until your taste buds… Read More »

Full Circle with Kim Waltman

By | February 28, 2017

The adjective “interesting” can get tossed around to the point of becoming much like that big red exclamation point on an email. At times I too feel guilty about that, but I don’t feel guilty about using the word “interesting” to describe today’s topic and guest on the third edition of the Bettercast (that’s Betterman-speak… Read More »

Random Better Thoughts 4: The Great Distraction

By | February 12, 2017

This was supposed to be the week that I wrote the next installment of my personality series, but I just can’t get into that mindset with all the distractions. Each and every time I sit down to think or type, there’s an MSNBC video, a CNN article, a NY Times article (so long as I’m… Read More »