I’m always afraid . . . either that or my butterflies are stupid.

You know that “butterflies in your stomach” feeling you get when you’re afraid or nervous about something? I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m always afraid. Either that or I’ve got really stupid butterflies. I think to myself, “How can I possibly be afraid so much?” So I blame the butterflies. Maybe they are in […]

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Frederic Chopin and Dr. Seuss both did this. It will work for you too.

What the heck does Frederic Chopin, musician and composer from the early 19th century, have to do with Dr. Seuss?   Art and Fear On page 60 of the book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland, the authors discuss Chopin and how he wrote lots of mazurkas. Mazurkas? Google says it’s a […]

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6 lessons from a skydiving injury. # 3 is important even if you never jump out of a plane.

I went skydiving for the first time in almost a year. Why so long of a break? Well, I broke my foot. Break? Broke? I need an editor. Anyway, after a skydiving accident last March I finally felt good enough to go back and jump again. Here’s what I noticed:   1) Everything makes more […]

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Six rules of reading to make you smarter, healthier, happier. Rule # 6 is my favorite.

How do you decide what to read? A recommendation from a friend? Whatever happens to be in the dentist’s waiting room? Or anything that pops up on Yahoo News?  “Look!  Here’s a fascinating article about the Ten Best Cruise Ship Waterslides!” Do you read just what happens to come along or do you make a […]

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Time to breakthrough

I write comedy for a comic strip and standup so I spend time everyday reading and thinking of new premises for jokes. Then I review the raw material of those premises and pick out the ones that seem to have the most potential. The writing is kept in two Word files. One is raw material […]

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