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.

😀 Updates since last month

Updated: May 1, 2022

📗 Books I’m currently reading

📕 Book I finished reading last month

  • The President and the Freedom Fighter by Brian Kilmeade
    • This book pointed out that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the simple, glorified man that we learn about in elementary school.  He was a great man, but only got there by being able to think for himself while also listening to others in order to change his mind.  One of the people that was able to influence him was Frederick Douglas.
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • Based on a the few things I knew about this book, I expected it to be tough to read (the content, not the writing).  I’ll admit, the first page was a punch to the gut — but the book wasn’t all bad – in fact, there was a sort of happiness in it, or at least something close to happiness.
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
    • Having not read anything about the Civil War, this was a great introduction – even though it was historical fiction.  I had never heard of Joshua Chamberlain before, so it was a good starting point.

🎸 Music I’ve been listening to

  • True Sadness, The Avett Brothers
    • This band is new to me.  The song No Hard Feelings on this album is very good and certainly makes you think about your life and your mortality.

🎧 Podcast episodes I thought were interesting

🎥 Videos I thought were worth watching

Quote I’ve been thinking about

…we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

– Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

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