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Sometimes You Lose: A Super Bowl Story

Last weekend, the New England Patriots lost the Superbowl for the first time in five years. Afterwards, there was news about the reactions of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s family: Brady’s two sons and daughter were not easily consoled. At one point, 5-year-old daughter Vivian blurted out, “The Eagles won the Super Bowl.’’ Replied Bündchen (their …

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Watching for the Signals

I’ve only got 20 minutes to write this post. That’s a signal. Yesterday I went to pick up Natasha from her work, and we got all the way home when she realized she’d left her purse there. That’s a signal. I’ve been having dreams about being at events that weren’t well organized. About missing appointments. …

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Posts for Grandkids: The Secret to Happiness

Hey there! This is the first in what will be an occasional series of posts that are directed at you, the children of my children. We’ll let other people read them, too, because that’s kind of the age I live in now, and they might enjoy or benefit from what I’m writing now. I also …

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You Don’t Have the Right to Know

If 2017 was anything, it was a year of people being called on their – well, let’s avoid using excremental language and say that many people who were used to a certain level of entitlement found themselves suddenly facing consequences for their actions. The most public of these tended to be oriented around sexual misconduct …

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This is the End

It’s the common refrain this time of year. Every year, really, but this year, more than any in my memory, feels mores. In some ways, it’s big picture stuff – the end of democracy, maybe? In other ways it’s related to personal loss, to the closing of a Very Busy Year, or even just to …

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It’s Not About You

Those four words, I am convinced, are some of the most profound and useful things to understand. And it’s hard, because we all want to be the protagonist in our own narrative — and we are! You can’t help but be your own main character, because everything that happens is in the first person, and …

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When You Want to Walkaway, Walkaround

I’m enjoying reading Cory Doctorow’s new book, Walkaway. It’s a near-future thriller that starts out seeming dystopian but is really utopian; ultimately optimistic about the future in which 3-D printing and centuries of industrialism have left a world where people choose to “walk away” from the hustle-and-bustle of consumerism and just kind of live in …

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Battling Scarcity by Choosing Slack

I’ve written a bit in the past about how becoming aware of Scarcity Mentality has changed the way I live my life. The reason why, in a nutshell, is this: “Scarcity is not just a physical constraint. It is also a mindset. When scarcity captures our attention, it changes how we think—whether it is at …

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Join the Failure Club

A story for those who are afraid of failure. Can you take a guess what the hardest part of U.S. Marine Corps boot camp was? Here’s some hints of what it was not: Grueling physical training Mind-numbing cleaning, cleaning, cleaning Psychological abuse from Drill Instructors designed to break us down Two weeks of subsistence-level rations …

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A Message from a Veteran of the Truth & Health Culture Wars

This post is a couple of days late, and it comes after an astonishing “science march” in which thousands of researchers and teachers in the STEM fields protested what they saw as government interference in fact-based research as opposed to the influence of faith-based institutions controlling resources devoted to education and further studies. It also …

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