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Life As the Obstacle Course: The Joy of Embracing Challenges

Life As the Obstacle Course: The Joy of Embracing Challenges

I was on the phone watching my children play in the front yard through the office window.  It was a stressful conference call about a seemingly insurmountable problem. As I sat in my chair observing the motion of summer through glass panes, I noticed that my kids weren’t satisfied just running around our lawn. Yes, they played tag for several minutes, but then paused momentarily to mope in boredom. But it wasn’t long before they began to drag buckets, bikes, jump-ropes, a...

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Three Reasons You Should Write an “Elevator Speech” (from New York Minute Magazine)

Three Reasons You Should Write an “Elevator Speech” (from New York Minute Magazine)

One of my best friends introduced me to the concept of an “elevator speech.” He is a successful executive who works at a big firm in town.  I talk to him often about the joys and miseries of teaching and writing and he explains what it’s like to work in his world (a career that actually pays a livable salary). As he explained the idea, I began daydreaming about all I’ve “accomplished” on an elevator: I’ve jumped up and down by myself. I’ve pushed all the buttons...

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A Resolution to Remember (from Busted Halo)

A Resolution to Remember (from Busted Halo)

I am a little ashamed to tell you that I cannot recall what my New Year’s resolutions were three-hundred-sixty-some days ago. My forgetfulness reminds me of high school, when I had a part in a skit for a New Year’s program that was modeled after Saturday Night Live. My favorite was “Mr. Short-Term Memory.” The original character was played brilliantly by Tom Hanks and written by an up-and-coming comedian named Conan O’Brien. I loved the episode where Tom Hanks went to...

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