The Best Advice So Far - umbrella

umbrella

Singin’ in the Rain just may be my favorite movie of all time. I watch the film at least once a year, and I reference lines or scenes from it often. It still gives me the same feeling it did the very first time I saw it. I laugh just as hard. My eyes still get wide at some of the dance numbers....


The Best Advice So Far - what not to say

what not to say

I always seem to have some crazy story or other to tell, don’t I? I was asked a thoughtful question recently, as my birthday nears: “What would you like to see more of and less of in the year ahead. After The Zinc Fiasco of 2015/2016 and last month’s visit to Death’s door (aka, The Black...


The Best Advice So Far - 100% approval rating

100% approval rating

I’ve been around the world. From Beijing to Bohol to my own backyard, I’ve had personal dealings with thousands upon thousands of people from all walks of life. What’s more, I don’t just write about the power of choice. I practice it. I put it to the test with people. I’ve experimented...


The Best Advice So Far - chance - silver car, green house and dice on the Monopoloy 'Chance' space

chance

I’ve used the word “kismet” quite a few times lately. It’s the only word that seemed to fit several series of events that have had my head spinning in the very best of ways. Let me tell you about one of them. If you read my last post, then you’re familiar with Joe — the hard-working...


The Best Advice So Far - reverse - one yellow rubber ducky swimming the opposite direction in a line of black rubber ducks

reverse

We’ve all seen those bumper stickers: HOW’S MY DRIVING? 555-123-4567 Ever called the number to report that the driver is, in fact, currently driving respectfully and obeying all traffic laws? After all, the sticker doesn’t say, “Call if I’m driving unsafely or otherwise annoying you.”...


The Best Advice So Far: no words - wide-eyed man with tape over mouth

no words

It was Wednesday, somewhere between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. I was in the middle of a shoulder workout. Joe, the sole employee on duty, was parts unknown; so I essentially had the entire gym to myself. I had just finished up a set of lateral raises and was placing the dumbbells back on the rack. That’s...


The Best Advice So Far: the good old days - old-fashioned soda jerk offering chocolate ice cream cone

the good old days

Ah, the good old days. The simpler ways of bygone eras have become an indelible part of our collective consciousness, stirring a sense of wistfulness at their passing, whether we actually lived through them or not. Neighbors leaned from open windows or across picket fences to chat, and thought...


The Best Advice So Far: the grumbles part 1 - many purple sad-face balls

the grumbles: part 2

Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s discussion on complaining. If you’re coming in late to the game, I highly recommend reading the previous post first, since it lays some groundwork about what constitutes complaining and what does not. However, I’ll sum up the gist of it. My...


The Best Advice So Far: the grumbles part 1 - many blue sad-face balls

the grumbles: part 1

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I found myself growling out loud this afternoon. We got another 14-or-so inches of snow yesterday, which in and of itself was quite spectacular. Not only did the blizzard cause whiteout conditions where I could not even see the trees at the back of my...


The Best Advice So Far: walls — 1950s subway riders crowded and ignoring one another

walls

Today, I saw a snail on the sidewalk in front of our house. And I thought, I too am like that snail. I build a defensive wall around myself, a “shell” if you will. But my shell isn’t made out of a hard, protective substance. Mine is made out of tin foil and paper bags. ~Deep...