Stay the course

Monday morning arrives full of energy, resolve, piss and vinegar. Then, at the edge of consciousness, reality chips off a small piece of confidence — you start to think maybe it’s not so important to get such-and-such done by 9, as long as the main job is underway by 12, and it all can’t beContinue reading “Stay the course”

14 points of wisdom and light

A guy from Louisiana named Stan Fletcher posted the following to a Facebook group called Country Folks the other day, and a lot of people are sharing it all over the place. I think you’ll see why. I happened to bump into these thoughts right after reading a particularly foolish political post that got myContinue reading “14 points of wisdom and light”

That exhilarating moment when you quit stalling

I did not make a new year’s resolution to publish two books the first weekend in 2021. But I recommend the experience to anyone who has been sitting on the cusp of doing something. And that’s where I was: I had dozens of blog posts collected for a book of optimistic celebrations, a deliberate counterContinue reading “That exhilarating moment when you quit stalling”

The winnable struggle against depression and depression

It’s interesting: We use the same word — depression — to describe a paralyzing melancholy and general economic collapse. I imagine it’s safe to say one leads to the other and back. Some say the cure for an economic depression is to have the government spend our way out of it. That, of course, ignoresContinue reading “The winnable struggle against depression and depression”

Great artists steal, but it’s not theft

There’s something new under the sun … every day. Each and every one of us is a creator. It’s in our nature. When we create something, whether it’s a painting or a poem or a store display or a legal brief, we give something of ourselves that did not exist before we gave it. PicassoContinue reading “Great artists steal, but it’s not theft”

What if you can do it?

What if you CAN do it? Do you see how that changes everything? “One of the great discoveries a man makes, one of the great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” I wish I’d said that, but Henry Ford beat me to it, a long time ago,Continue reading “What if you can do it?”

In gratitude to mentors

I have built this blog, and my writing in general, around three action verbs: encourage, enlighten, entertain. If I have done at least one of those three things in a piece, mission accomplished. Today I’d like to share some of what has encouraged, enlightened and entertained me this year.

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