Save Your Willpower Oct 18, 2021

Four blue LED digits, separated by a colon, announce the time on the office clock.

10:00. The sun hasn’t yet passed the imaginary line dividing the globe into lines of longitude. You fairly...

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Live "Lashed"! Oct 18, 2021

I don’t know what object the bumper of this car encountered to require it being lashed into place.

The other end of the vehicle’s backside was in even worse condition. Dented...

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Don't Look Up! Oct 18, 2021

I’m not sure if it was grit or stupidity my son was learning from my endeavor.

As he resides in a different state and isn’t handy to ask, I’ll go ahead and choose the first...

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Can I Get an Amen?! Oct 18, 2021

Words matter.

To quote the infamous Mark Twain, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘Tis the difference between the lightning bug...

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One in Eight Oct 18, 2021

 It's an honor to share my heart daughter's words with you today.

Whatever pain you may be experiencing, in her vulnerability you will find courage to take one more step, try one more time,...

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Man, What's Wrong With You?! Oct 18, 2021

 In 2019 more people in the USA committed suicide than live in the capital city of my state.

Would it surprise you to learn the highest number of these tragedies were men aged 55-64? Second...

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Banana Guilt Oct 18, 2021

Bananas shouldn’t be sold in bunches.

Only one at a time…just like apples, pears, and coconuts. In groups their power increases exponentially. And, sometimes like people, not always...

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How to Maim a Mother Oct 18, 2021

 Wow! I like your hair! It looks really good -- now.” 

“Uh, thanks?”

Sometimes compliments just come out wrong.

We aim to affirm and cause confusion. Our cheers are...

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Anxiety: Today's Hottest Accessory? Oct 18, 2021

 I like accessories.

Bracelets, scarves, jackets, necklaces, and boots. Oh, and most definitely earrings. Whether hoops, drops, or studs, these pieces are wearable whether cutting a length of...

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Ssssshhh...Someone's Thinking (Part 2) Oct 18, 2021

 Charisma is not character. Loud is not leadership.

In Part 1 we examined cultural beliefs about, and bias against, introversion. These mindsets direct in many schools, resulting in numerous...

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Sssshhh...Someone's Thinking (Part 1) Oct 18, 2021

"Today, students, we’re going to begin with a quiz.”

(Sounds of groans.)

“However, the good news is there’s only going to be one question!”

“What?! You mean if I...

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Got Grit? Oct 18, 2021

His composition met the requirements for an “A” grade, but he hadn’t earned it.

It was native and accumulated ability more than exertion and striving for growth that resulted in...

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