Category Archive: Uncategorized

Dec
30

How to Be a Stranger’s Best Friend

    I don’t know, maybe it just happens with me. Maybe I live in a zone where people who super like me, and act like it when we’re together, never call me. Some don’t even text back. But if I keep trying and trying and finally we connect, the phone conversation or face time …

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Dec
19

Smiles, Pizza and Brain Damage

I’ve been putting it off for months. Five and a half actually. Then six days ago I wrote a post about why writing holiday cards seems phony for me. There’s nothing spontaneous about it. It’s boring homework that has nothing to do with real caring – for ME that is. Maybe for you, mailing cheery …

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Dec
04

How to Brag and Feel Good About It

I don’t remember family warnings about showing off or being told that bragging kids deserve to be ignored. I don’t remember any rabbi advising me to be humble, although I’ve heard from my Christian friends the Scriptures say something about that. There was that one time though, when I came home from college for a …

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Nov
09

We Can Do It But We Turn It Off

I don’t think it’s just me. We all do it but we turn it off. There are reasons why people shut it down or ignore it. They don’t trust the power or they hope their feelings aren’t true because there’s much to lose if they are – things like more wealth, prestige or sex. There …

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Aug
26

Sexual Privacy – Is that Hip Anymore?

The world can be divided into two groups: Group A wants their sex life private, behind closed doors. Group B wants their sex romps open, at least some of them, in front of other eyes or cameras. I belong to the private Group A and I’m assuming we’re the majority. Establishing that, our planet can …

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Aug
22

Why Do You Think the Way You Do?

    My last post pressed a hot button. I knew it would and I’m not through with it. I’m asking more questions again. Why do you think the way you do? Do you know? Do you care to know?   *****   Although I’m not a father of a teenage girl or young woman, …

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Apr
25

Don’t Stop Before the Work is Done

  This is the third post in the series about Emma Coats at Pixar, and her rules for great writing. Last year she tweeted twenty-two guidelines for building story structure. Those rules spread everywhere and now they’re ours. Here’s RULE #3: “TRYING FOR A THEME IS IMPORTANT, BUT YOU WON’T SEE WHAT THE STORY IS …

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Jan
31

A THANK YOU FROM IRV

There’s an Uber Rule in blogging. KEEP THE POSTS SHORT! I wrote about it last month, confessing that I break that rule all the time. I break all the blog rules, which should reduce my web exposure. That’s the case. I don’t have many followers. So if you’ve returned to my world to read this …

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Nov
29

13 Blog Rules that will Make You Famous

If you haven’t started your weblog yet, read no further. There are over 164,000,000 million of them out there. The boat sailed eight years ago and the tide’s out now. Everything that can be written, HAS been written…in less than ten words. Now, if you’re still insanely driven to say things in a big way, …

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Nov
15

When GOOD ENOUGH is not Good Enough

  It’s Wednesday and I’m writing this post completely over again. The first draft, written last Sunday, was all about two people falling in love when they knew they shouldn’t. I almost felt sorry for them. I don’t anymore. This version is about sex, power and stupidity. If you haven’t heard the story by now, …

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