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See You On The Other Side

Few years ago Robert Cialdini wrote the book Influence that outlines the ways in which you can persuade people. [cue ethical debate here] We’ll talk ethics another time because today I want to talk consistency. It’s been a while since I read that book, but the chapter on commitment and consistency stands out as the (…)

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Is This Thing On?

The worst part about “public speaking” during a pandemic is you can’t see the audience. Facial feedback is crucial in determining whether what you just said made any sense and without it, you’re left in an echo chamber of your own thoughts. Before this “new Zoom normal,” of public speaking to no discernable audience, David (…)

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There Are Eight Planets In The Solar System

The song goes like this: There are 8 planets 8 planets In the solar system It’s a terrible song and it plays on repeat in my house because I have a toddler who enjoys <strike> torturing me </strike> learning things on YouTube. I remember when Pluto was demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet” in 2006. (…)

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How To Invent The Future

One of my favorite quotes comes from the infamous Cindy Gallop who said, “You cannot invent the future if you care too much what the Old World Order thinks.” I lived according to this doctrine as a giant hypocrite, caring pretty much only about what the Old World Order thought. Especially when the Old World Order was (…)

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Red or Yellow?

This is ridiculous but here it is: I was gifting myself a pair of loafers and when it came time to actually choose a pair, I couldn’t decide. For weeks, I was paralyzed with indecision about a pair of freaking shoes I was buying for fun. The rational side of my brain got stuck on practical (…)

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Why We’re So Susceptible To Bad Advice

It was a Wednesday in 1997 and I was required to go to Bat Mitzvah practice. For the uninitiated, Bat Mitzvah practice is an archaic tradition that requires preadolescents to memorize songs in ancient Hebrew for several days a week for an entire year. It’s supposed to teach you about your religion, but like most things in (…)

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This Beauty That I See

When Ann Patchett has an idea for a book, she says it whirls around her like an “oversized butterfly whose wings were cut from the rose window in Notre Dame.” She’s. So. Good. That’s exactly what it feels like when inspiration strikes. That moment when your idea is so beautiful, you have to sit with (…)

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What Do You See?

One of my favorite scenes in all of literature is from Raise High The Roof Beam Carpenters, Seymour an Introduction by J.D. Salinger. Who TF approved that title, I will never know, but remind yourself that a book with that title was published the next time you’re feeling down about your own prospects and you (…)

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The Secret To Authentic Self-Promotion

When I was nine, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls. I literally could not get enough of them. Put Scary Spice’s face on anything and I needed to own it. NEEDED TO. IT WAS A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH. Ok, it wasn’t, but it felt like it was. Any time I saw Spice (…)

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Something A Little Different

You know when you eat too much cheese and you turn into a human blob of bloating and immobility? I feel like we’ve all eaten too much cheese. We’re encumbered. Some of us are encumbered with children or spouses, others encumbered with silence and stillness. They’re two sides of the same coin. You can’t have (…)

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