Author Archives: Brett Bloemendaal

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 »

Personality 1 – Discovering Myers-Briggs

By | January 16, 2017

A sentence to surprise no Bert Betterman reader…I think personality tests are cool. More predictable information…I’ve taken many a personality test, thoroughly enjoying the experience and learning something valuable about myself in the process. Some other words that, once read, will make you think to yourself, “Yeah, that sounds about right”…at some point in the rest of… Read More »

Lucid Dream Update – In the Air Tonight

By | December 9, 2016

So there I was in my old elementary school gymnasium, taking in a concert. I was my current age of thirty-three, though, perhaps participating in some reunion event or something of that nature. I didn’t recognize any classmates save for one, and I won’t mention his name (mostly because he doesn’t really factor into the plot of… Read More »