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The Problem with the Golden Rule

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Generally speaking, it behooves us to follow the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have done unto you. This makes a lot of sense. It is a rational, morally correct and ethical way to treat one’s fellow … Continue reading

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Why I Decided to Become an Optimist

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I used to think that optimists were overly positive, putting a spin on reality to make it conform to their sunny dispositions. That used to frustrate me. At times, it still does. For example, when the boss tells you to … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected!

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Many of the things we do, in the hopes of achieving a particular result, come back to surprise us with unintended consequences. Sometimes those consequences are negative, sometimes positive, and sometimes so strange we find it difficult to believe there’s … Continue reading

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November

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Many people love the spring: its verdant leafiness and buds heavy with the promise of glorious blossoms, creeks overflowing with the liquid of life. The vernal season offers hope for the future, an optimistic symphony of possibility. Tiny sprouts and … Continue reading

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Are We Losing Our Way?

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We worry about many things we needn’t. We focus on many issues that are irrelevant. We follow certain stories because they’re presented to us as if they matter when they don’t. And all the while we circle the drain, caught … Continue reading

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Understanding and Controlling Desire

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We all know that desire is the longing for a person, thing or state of mind – and most of us call it an emotion, although psychologists tend to differentiate it from emotion, asserting that it arises from bodily structures … Continue reading

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Ode to Gravity

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Gravity How simple and yet how complicated You make our universe Altering time Crushing the embryos of stars Into fiery existence Coalescing galaxies and nebulae Pulling every object toward each other No matter how tiny or distant Asserting your dominance … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Read Anymore?

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I realize it’s ironic to write an article about why no one reads anymore, but I’m doing it anyway. And I’m not saying no one reads anymore. Obviously, people do. In fact, some people read as much as they ever … Continue reading

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How to Achieve Lasting Happiness

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Getting married, having children, landing a better job: contrary to popular belief, these don’t guarantee happiness. They can produce a temporary high, but over the course of years, they don’t tend to produce happier people. Happiness, however, can be learned. … Continue reading

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My 5 Best Tips for Writers

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I’ve written, edited and read a lot of books over the years, and I’ve interviewed authors for more than a decade on Write On! Radio – bestsellers like Cokie Roberts and Dean Koontz as well as lesser-known and debut writers. … Continue reading

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