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The Rise and Lifting of Writing

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted some of the reasons I fell in love with writing. The author teaches nonfiction writing to graduates and undergraduates at several prestigious universities. Each year she fears she’ll be out of a job because the incoming crop of students will already know how to write. Each […]

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Neurosis, Books, and What If?

I’m was looking at my catalog of posts on this blog: since January 2012 I’ve posted 59 times (60 if you count this one). In 2013, however, I’ve only posted 5 times (now 6). Why is that? What about this year has made me less public with my writing? In trying to dissect this behavior […]

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Little Wins

One of the many things I’ve learned over the years about happiness is that summarily acknowledging at the end of the day what you’re grateful for can have a net positive effect on your happiness. A simple gratitude journal can do wonders to help put a seemingly negative day in it’s true light. I’ve enjoyed […]

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You Have Permission to Fail

You have permission to fail. You have permission to not be good. You have permission to try. For anyone starting a new venture this should be a mantra. It’s okay to suck. If you’re sucking at something that means you’re doing it. And sucking at something is better than not doing it at all. As […]

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Forward. Not Sideways.

Sometimes we do things because it makes us feel like we’re being productive. Perhaps you do something on a regular basis that is related to what you want to do but, if you’re being completely honest with yourself, isn’t getting you to where you want to be. Imagine a woman who wanted to be a […]

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Grit and Commitment

This past week has been a change of pace for me. It’s been a good change and one that’s helped me to realize a few things. For the whole month of December I haven’t written my daily stories. (For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about I’ve been following a book […]

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Advice on Writing

Over the past two weeks I’ve come across several good pieces of writing advice that I had to share. Part of my desire to share is selfish: I wanted to put these pieces of information in a more permanent place because they’re that good. The first chunk of advice comes from Quora. A 21-year-old man […]

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Good Without God

I recently finished reading Good Without God by Greg Epstein. About halfway through I came across a section that resonated deeply with me and I wanted to share it. These words come from Sherwin Wine, a friend of the author. He is speaking on what it means to cultivate dignity. The first [principle] is high […]

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Into the Wild

I’m sitting on top of a mountain. Well, sort of. I’m not sitting on the ground outside. I’m actually in a cushioned seat. To my right is a window. On the other side of that window is a somber scene: nature, dulled by heavy rains, patiently waiting for the sun to spring it life. The […]

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Campbell Interest and Skill Survey

My last few posts have been working up to what I consider to be the pièce de résistance of my vocational assessment. I felt like this final test gave the most interesting, as well as specific, results out of them all. The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) was composed of 320 multiple choice questions. […]

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