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13 Ways of Looking at a Man from Hibbing, Minnesota

"You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free." —Bob Dylan

Sometimes You're the Monkey and Sometimes You're the Dog

The world sometimes seems to be divided into givers and takers, with the takers taking over! But for some people the act of asking for, and accepting help, is very very hard.

David Brooks: Writing for a Better Life

David Brooks used to be, in my opinion any way, a bozo who wrote about bobos. And then something happened. And suddenly or gradually he morphed into a spokesperson for the living a life of meaning movement (I just made that up but the movement should and actually does exist. In our hearts at least.)
Giving Thanks Is Often Hard But So Needed Now

Giving Thanks Is Often Hard But So Needed Now

There is always something to be grateful for, especially when it feels like there isn't.
The Power of Persistence, Part Two

The Power of Persistence, Part Two

Persist and persevere and never never never give in.

The Power of Persistence

Sometimes what feels like a slump to us, feels like a blessing to those around us. We must strive to surpass our self-imposed limits, but with gentleness and patience and grace.

Are We Happy Yet?

Be the smile

The Pot Roast Principle

Health is like a pot roast—don't cut the ends off.

What Is Health Anyway?

Health means feeling good. And feeling good may also mean thinking good. Well well.

Laughing through the Pain

Having a sense of humor helps just about everything. Only those without one disparage it. I'm not joking.

Breaking Bad Life Lessons, large and small

Mad Men may be very good, The Sopranos may be great, but best of all is Breaking Bad.
More Pigeon

More Pigeon

Don't let the hard things in life get you down. Unless that's part of the pose.
Friendship and Football

Friendship and Football

It's almost Super Bowl Sunday—time to think about—friendship?

Ann Coulter and the R Word

One word says it all.....demonic.

Higher Education In a Brave New Wonderful World

ModPoPenn is the name of the online class in Modern Poetry I'm taking. It's starts on Monday. It's being taught by a professor at UPenn with a class of 28,000. And the class room is in my head.

Can Love Avert a Mental Meltdown? Depends on the Love!

Two postings today, with an intro by me that show two sides of the same coin. And the name of the coin is love. Spend it.

More Reasons to Be Optimistic About Everything, Even Math!

A recent article in the New York Times, and a website in Great Britain both give powerful food for thought for feeding a positive outlook.

Optimism Is More Than Just a Good Mood

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." What Radcliffe graduate said that? And was she being irrational? I don't think so.

Love Heals, But Hate, Not so Much

Maybe hit is too strong a word (maybe chair is too!). Hug'em with a prayer? Offer them a chair? That sits well with me.

Don't Get Old, Get Wise

The closest thing to heaven on earth.