No Smoking

They should have known people weren’t really reasonable when they saw they’d buy at a joint what they could get for 1/10 the price at the grocer. Maybe they go for the motion of the bottle lifted from the shelf and poured into piled saucers and brandy glasses. Maybe the sound and the sight of…

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Lucy Dreams

“Dad, the news is on.” “Isn’t it always?  I can’t watch that.” “Why don’t you like the news?” “I don’t hate the news I just know what it is.” “I didn’t say you hated it.” “Ok I hate it.” “Why do you hate it.” “Because someone I trust who worked in the news said being…

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Hemingway’s Reading List

This is the reading list Earnest Hemingway recommended to a kid in 1934.  The kid told him he wanted to be a writer and asked him what he should, therefore, read.  Hemingway would have been 35 at the time and had authored numerous novels including The Sun Also Rises copyrighted in 1925: The Blue Hotel—Stephen…

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Why The Routine?

Something strange happens through repetition.  Something hidden breaks free.  We know there is magic in ordinary, simple, everyday things.  The first time a child learns that what he sees and hears and experiences, every day, is an illusion containing deeper mysteries, is when he discovers the strangeness of his own name. One day, for no…

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How To Beat Anxiety

The only thing I can control is how hard I work at something I believe is good. After law school a lawyer I know told me studying was a great stress reliever.  I’m sorry, what?  I was prepping for the California bar exam.  Wouldn’t half a day of Seinfeld reruns be a better stress reliever? …

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Good Fiction Is More Important Than Ever

This time it’s different.  The next time you think you’ve been here before, remember that you haven’t.  It’s different this time.  This goes whether you are satisfied or disappointed to be where you are.  Maybe you are making a career move, or facing illness, or losing something important, or gaining something wonderful, or whatever is…

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Maybe This Is True

“If change happens easily, it’s easily undone.  This is good when it is good and bad when it is bad.” “Health should not be squandered.  Each day of health is a gift to be taken advantage of.  If you don’t extend your line of battle on good days what will you do on bad ones?”…

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Fishing For All The Feels

It used to be that the way you got famous was by catching a big fish.  The world was wide and large.  The small towns that made the world had newspapers.  And those newspapers were farm teams for the bigger newspapers.  Sometimes, something horrible would happen and that was reported.  But good things would happen…

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A Close Read of Melville

I read Chapter 58 of “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville this morning titled “Brit.”  It’s only 1000 words, or so, and takes the form of an essay rather than a continuation of the book’s plot.  Melville makes comparisons between the natural world and the nature of man, you and me, everyone’s favorite subject, when you…

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God Fearing

It is one thing to tell a story.  It is another thing for anyone to listen to your story.  Telling true stories is when you hold up a mirror to your audience.  How then do we discover truth?  How are discoveries made?; the same way Columbus made them; with experimentation, exploration, and innovation (in business). …

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