My background is as a professional singer, which has afforded me the privilege of participating both musically and personally in many extraordinary moments. Yet some of the most powerful experiences of my career and life have been off stage- in coaching young artists, volunteering my time, getting to know my readers and listeners, and mentoring.
Of all the writing-related activities of the job search, the one task most universally hated is the cover letter. It seems to cause anxiety for many otherwise well-qualified job seekers. And there's a reason for that: it's not an easy document to write.
To an atheist, the idea that people could change their beliefs about God under duress shouldn’t feel threatening. At worst, it should feel like it doesn't apply to you, and at best, it should feel like a hypothesis worth entertaining.
Even though many people regard these two orientations to depicting human sexuality as overlapping (and some even as identical), I see them as existing on essentially different planes. In this brief--and, I'm sure, controversial--essay, I'll attempt to explain why. . . .
Being open to delightful surprise. Every. Single. Day. That's a practice worth my time. And worth yours if you're an artist, designer, writer, advertising genius, or anyone who has an audience, tribe, or clients.
Let me suggest that parents go on a personal crusade to figure out how to reduce tension with an ex-spouse and make the communication even a bit better and more natural – to have more normal conversations that are not booby-trapped but instead, permit a flow of discussion between parents, for the sake of the kids.
This week’s resolution is to keep a milestone journal.
You'll notice that I accidentally switch back and forth in terminology -- calling it a "milestone journal" and a "milestone book." Which phrase has a better ring? Or can you think of a better term, altogether?