Category: Everything Else

Capture important stories

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I don’t know how it is with your family, but when my family gets together we start telling stories. It might be the story of that uncle’s time with the jazz band, or a grandfather’s tiger hunt, or that time when my mother gave away my dad’s only sweater to a hobo. They don’t interest anyone but us, but we love  »  Read More

5 Ways to Make Your Ideas Work Harder for You

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Getting ideas is the easy part. Human beings have idea after idea without making any special effort. The challenge is how to improve the quality of your ideas and help them work for you. Here are five ways. Improve Your Inputs As one farmer put it to me “If you improve the quality of what goes into the ground, you’ll  »  Read More

Jimmy Breslin is Dead. Damn it!

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I’m a little drunk right now. I’ve had a couple of beers. I poured them in my kitchen, but I really should be drinking at Pep McGuire’s. Jimmy Breslin is dead. Damn it!!! Jimmy Breslin was one of the few people on the planet I really wanted to meet. He was my idol, an Irish New York writer who reminded me of my Irish  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Lacy Boggs

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Lacy Boggs is a professional blogger. The following advice is taken from her post “How I Write 8 to 10 Blog Posts a Week.” “I believe you should schedule dedicated brainstorming time totally separate from your writing time. To me, brainstorming is a totally separate activity. For my clients, I usually help them  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Jared Diamond

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For the first twelve years of my life I was sure I was really, really smart. Teachers, parents, and other adults all told me it was so. I was sure I was the smartest person in the room, right up to my fateful first day at the Bronx High School of Science. It didn’t take me long to realize that, for as long as I was  »  Read More

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