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Lemonade

The balmy afternoons of summer are coming. Kids will be out of school and some of them — the enterprising ones, at least — will be hauling card tables down…

Crunch Time

It doesn’t matter what you do, where you do it, or how good you are. Inevitably you’ll have that day, that moment. The moment when it all comes to a…

Orwell’s Rules for Writing

The great George Orwell knew how to write. He knew how to capture—and hold—your attention. In 1946 he penned “Politics and the English Language,” an essay about effective writing, among…

Excellent advice from one of storytelling’s best, Ira Glass. (Source: http://vimeo.com/)

Not Listening

No ringtones, email, or GPS. No earbuds. No playlist. I left that device at home. My heart, lungs, and motion are the rhythm. Pushing, pulling, lifting, sweating. Faster and further. My…

Go Forth and Prosper

There you sat, excited and accomplished. A carefully selected orator reciting a commencement address to the class of 2010. Your dreams are fresh, vivid, and tangible. It feels as though…

Upside of Failure

No one likes to be wrong. It hurts. You repeated “Achilles, Achilles, Achilles” in your head while raising your hand in 7th grade math class. No, Timmy. Pythagoras created that…

Lacerations

Just like that it happened. In an instant. Thwick! And the blood flowed. I had cut my finger while washing a chef’s knife. Badly. The flesh lay open, drooling crimson…

Resolutions

A new year is upon us and our eyes are gleaming with optimism and opportunity. But simply put, New Year’s resolutions are usually doomed to failure. Regardless, I’ve chosen to…

The Speed of Dreams

Walking from my couch to the kitchen, it hit me. I had just been watching “Up”, specifically, the scene when our protagonist finally musters his moxie and buys tickets for a…