Saying “No” More Often

Learning to say “no” more often is a primary driver of success. We all have only so much bandwidth to dedicate to projects. Choosing not to do something or having no opinion about it leads to more productivity and less stress.

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The 2023 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Since its founding in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has recognized excellence in journalism, arts, and literature. The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2023 have been announced, and they represent some of the best and brightest in their respective fields.

Among the winners are journalists who exposed corruption and abuse of power, authors who wrote moving and thought-provoking works of fiction and non-fiction, and musicians who created groundbreaking new compositions. The Pulitzer Prize continues to symbolize the highest achievement in these fields, and the winners serve as inspirations to us all.

You can see the winners in all categories, including 15 Journalism categories, on the Pulitzer website. You can also watch the ceremony in full on YouTube below.


Here are the 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners in the Books categories.


Demon Copperhead,” by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)

Trust,” by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead Books)


The Immortal King Rao,” by Vauhini Vara (W. W. Norton & Company)


Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power,” by Jefferson Cowie (Basic Books)


Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America,” by Michael John Witgen (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/University of North Carolina Press)

Watergate: A New History,” by Garrett M. Graff (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster)


G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century,” by Beverly Gage (Viking)


His Name is George Floyd,” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa (Viking)

Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century,” by Jennifer Homans (Random House)

Memoir or Autobiography

Stay True,” by Hua Hsu (Doubleday)


Easy Beauty: A Memoir,” by Chloé Cooper Jones (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster)

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir,” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday)


Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020,” by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)


Blood Snow,” by dg nanouk okpik (Wave Books)

Still Life,” by the late Jay Hopler (McSweeney’s)

General Nonfiction

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa (Viking)


Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern,” by Jing Tsu (Riverhead Books)

Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction,” by David George Haskell (Viking)

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation,” by Linda Villarosa (Doubleday)

Books I Read in May 2022

I’m consistently working to keep my reading on track this year. I have a book with me wherever I go (physical & ebook) and carve out a little time each day.

Some days more than others 😉

Here are the books I read/finished reading during May 2022: