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As my experience of the Five-Minute Journal enters its third week, some of the gloss has worn off – though I think that’s more because I’ve become acclimatized to the improvements it made in my life. In other words it now feels normal to be thankful for three things as soon as I get up (and […]

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A while back I spent more money than I thought I had to purchase Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook. My life has not been the same since – suddenly I felt like an artist-scholar, and with my pen and paper I could take TED Talks, presentations, even books and turn them into my own visual memory. As you read […]

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My Expereal Experience Last week I mentioned that I was going to be trying out one of the “mood monitor” apps out there – an attempt to figure out if I could increase my positivity ratio to the 3-to-1 ratio recommended. The app I chose was “Expereal“, chiefly because it was pretty – the watercolor […]

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love and grief

Today's blog post will be brief, as I attend a funeral with my partner, Natasha. I simply remind you all that the practice of connecting with those you love is always a good idea, because time doesn't stop and wait for you to catch up. Unable are the loved to diefor love is Immortality.- Emily […]

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Never Mind “Good & Evil” – Check out the Garden of Reflecting at Anderson Gardens in Rockford, IL: A friend of mine gave it that latter name when we both visited it along with a group of friends. She and I had both had a rough year, and as we walked through the gardens it […]

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A Guest Post from Amy A dear friend and avid reader commented last week on my Friendly Coercion post with some suggestions that were so good that I felt they merited their own post. Amy Law from Seattle has developed her own particular set of protocols for both hearing and expressing requests. Personally, I think […]

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Woulda Coulda Shoulda I’m very excited to begin this post, even though it may be completely wrong. As I mentioned in the last Weekend Roundup podcast, I’m going to begin an exploration into the idea of coercion. With relatively few exceptions, I’m going to be talking about the various ways that the phenomenon is a […]

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A Classical Re-Education Pavlov’s Dogs. Skinner Boxes. The world of classical and operant conditioning is often cold and pretty scary, not only because of the methods used on cute and fuzzy animals to learn about them but also because they work. I made the mistake of taking some advanced psychology classes in high school. That meant […]

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The Good, the Bad, the Efficient Occupy Wall Street. The phenomenon raises a lot of eyebrows, shaking of heads, grimaces. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, looking at it as noble or futile or both, it was, for a time, an undeniably potent force. One of the more powerful tools that it […]

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Scary Thoughts on the Road Last week I talked about the idea of a “Notification Free” week, when you could try to be less distracted by all the beeps and buzzes of the many apps. As promised, I shut down all the notifications on my phone and my iPad and went silent. That meant when […]

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