Our first Rock Paper Simple Hangout… join us at SquidLips!

Rock Paper Simple at SquidLipsSo we got to thinking and decided we needed to infuse more fun in all of your lives! Okay, fine… we decided we wanted to have more fun and figured we’d just invite you along for the ride. So, starting in September, we will be having monthly Rock Paper Simple Hangout days where we go and do something fun on a Friday evening and invite our friends, clients and colleagues along.

On September 11th at 4pm, cut out of work a bit early and join us at Squid Lips for our first Hangout. Enjoy good food and drink (it’s happy hour, so you won’t go broke), some great networking and just hangout with the Rock Paper Simple team. We plan to share plenty of laughs and good times… so don’t miss it! When you get there, ask for the Rock Paper Simple crowd

Upcoming Rock Paper Simple Hangouts include hitting the beach (you better believe frisbee and volleyball will be involved) and an outing to the bowling alley to see if Russ is really as good as he says he is. Stay tuned!

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Start a new story on Book Lovers Day, Aug. 9

When’s the last time you read a book? If it’s been a while, this might be a good day to start one. Aug. 9 (according to most calendars, says HolidayInsights.com) is Book Lovers Day.

A 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that three-fourths of Americans had read at least one book the previous year. The typical American read five books in twelve months. Perhaps more astounding: About a quarter of those surveyed didn’t read a book.

People see the movie instead of reading the book. They play online games for hours, battling their way through a narrative. Or they work hard and come home and collapse on the couch and watch TV. All of these forms of entertainment – or engagement – are valid forms of storytelling, but they lack something: your imagination.

There’s something deeply engaging about reading a book. When reading fiction, especially, a reader fills in visual and emotional details, the kind of color that’s automatically provided to you in other, more passive media. Books are the original interactive experience.

Studies have shown that reading books can make you more empathetic and less stressed. Reading can keep your memory and cognitive skills sharp. And, as book lovers know, reading is a pleasure, too.

In addition, there’s something to be said for the long form. This blog is short, suitable to feed the modern appetite for digital bon bons, for Facebook updates, for 140-character Tweets. And we’re really glad you stopped by! But after this appetizer, consider picking up a book, a real reading meal. Then, maybe, you can come back here for dessert.