Hello, I’m Joshua Best

I live in Omaha, Nebraska and have been working on SAP Payroll/Employee Central Payroll for the last 10 years or so. I’m currently a Senior Consultant for AspireHR.

This website is where I’ll keep a few thoughts I have, as they come up and also a few book notes as I read. I’m also trying to publish monthly updates on what I’ve been up to. If you’d like to get these monthly updates delivered by e-mail, consider subscribing to my newsletter.

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Updated: March 1, 2023

February is a very short month, but it was jam packed with all kinds of good stuff in my world.  Especially as it relates to music – which, in my opinion, is the lifeblood of… well, life!

📕 Books I finished reading last month

  • Gilead by Marilyn Robinson
    • I read this book twice in a row, and then thought hard about it in order to make a YouTube video.  After doing that, I did feel that I got way out of the book than just reading through it once.  It did take a lot more time and effort though.  I’m still deciding if I want to keep trying  
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
    • This was a bit of an easy read – an alien visits Earth and notices that odd behaviors of humans and attempts to act like one while.  I was going to read it twice (like Gilead), but opted just to place it back on the shelf, for now.
  • Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
    • We have a long line of ancestors – way back, past the first humans even – back to lizards, and even to fish! This book shows our connection to all these different animals, for example how fish fins evolved into our hands with fingers.

📗 Books I’m currently reading

  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
    • Short kids book that I’ve never read, so why not?

🎸 Music I’ve been listening to

  • Live in Tampa, FL, Bruce Springsteen
    • I started following the Springsteen tour as soon as it started.  This was the opening night and I pre-ordered it the night of the concert.  I listened consistently up until the Kansas City, MO concert was available.
  • Live in Kansas, Mo, Bruce Springsteen
    • Pretty cool to hear a concert you attended, mixed professionally and available for download just 5 days after the concert.  It’s definitely different to listen to a concert live and then listen to it on your headphones, but very cool.

🎧 Podcast episode I thought was interesting

🎥 Videos I thought were worth watching

  • Handle Hard Better, Kara Lawson
    • This was fantastic advise and it’s similar to what my wife tries to teach to her Junior and Senior students – it doesn’t get easier; it doesn’t ever get easier, it gets harder.
  • The FedEx Guy that Changed the way I Spend Time with People Forever, Buddy Brown
    • This was a nice story and makes you think about how you interact with people. I think one of the key takeaways from this story is that it takes effort from both parties – the FedEx guy would never know that his kids’ fished unless he came forth with that information.

Quote I’ve been thinking about

The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say.

– Gilles Deleuze

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