"I'm not saying that I don't want to watch it", I reply as I reach over to the remote control, "it's just that I'm so used to feeling like shit that doing something good for me feels strange, and I push it away, right?" "One day", my wife replies as she reaches into the bowl for a handful of #palomitasAF, "you'll start feeling good, and you'll completely reverse your decisions--you'll start...

How to Develop Your Sense of Humor {Link Bit.ly/2pLXkeL} Having a good sense of humor makes you more enjoyable to be around. You might also do better at work (as long as you don't go overboard). Yet even if you were cursed with poor timing or a lack of the funnies, here's how you can develop your sense of humor. Immerse Yourself in Humor You learn more effectively when you immerse yourself in a subject (such as a language)....

"I am not going to toast your bread, Annette." "Fuck you, toaster", I yell at the toaster as I smack the side of it. "I think you are eating too much carbs", the refrigerator replies as the lights on it's dashboard go out, "so I am going to lock you from getting any more food for 2 hours." "Oh, shut up, refrigerator!", I reply as I turn my head back towards the toaster,...

Friends vs. Fans: What’s the Difference? {Link Bit.ly/2xZZpUk} A friend loves you. A fan loves your work. It’s as simple as that. Now if you’re lucky you will have both: friends who are also big fans of your work, and fans who become friends. But the distinction is important, and as artists, I believe our level of success is tied to how well we understand the difference. And I’m not just talking to writers, here. I’m talking to all...

"I want you to be stoic", the maestro tells the class. I yawn; this bullshit again, I think. My wife thinks back,  you only have 5 more anger management classes and then you'll be done--so tough it out, wimp. "Did you hear me, Annette?", the teacher asks as I turn my head to see her, "do you want to repeat what I just said?" "Not really." I turn my head to the door of the classroom; I...

The fourth sun of RHOTRE passes the third sun as the moon of the planet forms a three star eclipse; the ultraviolet lights of the halo wash over the ground and the grass starts to bloom; this was the moment that I was waiting for; this is why I had brought my wife and HR here; this is it, I think-- Ah...

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil? {Link Bit.ly/2bqChHL} If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. Not only is the root definition of the term negative, but it’s also super-saturated with unfavorable connotations. As generally understood, the concept is pretty much synonymous with self-preoccupied, self-centered, self-obsessed—and even egotistical and selfish. Dictionaries (e.g., Dictionary.com/Random House/Collins English Dictionary) define self-absorption unappealingly as “preoccupied with oneself or one’s own affairs,” frequently adding that it’s “to the...

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours." Ayn Rand 15 Ways to Empower Others in...

Just the first page of one town. {Link Bit.ly/2w2FIOn} Diann Zinteck, 68, photographer and gallery owner July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017 Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally. Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her...

How To Be Respectful Towards Others {Link Bit.ly/2w4shOB} Treat others, as you want them to treat you. To earn respect you must first, give respect and give it to yourself too, as, if you don’t respect yourself, no one else will respect you. Merely saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ doesn’t mean that you are being respectful. In the daily grind and stress of everyday life, we have forgotten the moral obligation of respecting...

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