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I am 51 years old, and in a writing career spanning more than 25 years, I continue to write in relative obscurity. On average maybe 10 or 20 people read each one, maybe no one. And as far as I can tell, my writing only travels short distances.But I remain professionally hungry.I want to be more widely read and impactful with my prose, so I did a wise thing this morning. I watched the 42-minute...
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I was once married to a guy, Kidd, who really loved cats. Our birthdays were a day apart, and he was famous for giving great presents. Me, not so much. One year we went out to lunch on my birthday and afterward wandered into the Cat Shoppe, a retail store for cat lovers, carrying everything from cat-adorned merchandise to the cats themselves. And, for some reason, Kidd wanted a white cat...
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We have a little ball controversy on our hands. Instead of planning our Super Bowl parties, we are talking about deflated footballs.In the past week, social media, along with every major news program, has been buzzing about “deflate-gate.” In the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots’ footballs were below the league-approved weight after...
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“Why not you?”Russell Wilson’s father, Harrison, used to ask him this all the time—and, though they’re simple words, they would change his life.Years before his 2014 Super Bowl championship with the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson was a high school senior and multi-sport athlete, torn between a baseball career and football dreams. The Baltimore Orioles had drafted him...
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How’s your New Year’s resolution coming? If you’re anything like me, you have inevitably put off your resolution at least once. Resolutions often dissolve as quickly as they are developed—for many of us, nothing really changes after New Year’s Day. The uncomfortable truth is that only 8 percent of people actually keep their resolutions, according to research by...
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Confession: I did something crazy. I wrote a blog post about being fired from my first job as an intern (“6 Reasons I’m Thankful You Fired Me”). But that wasn’t the craziest part of my wild behavior. Because as soon as my declaration was published, I looked up my former boss—yes, that boss—and emailed it to her.She responded later that day, and we reconnected...
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Change takes new ideas. Uncomfortable, audacious, unprecedented new ideas. Unfortunately, sometimes our big new ideas aren’t always welcome.After a recent speech, a woman raised her hand and said, “I have ideas, but I’m not sure my organization really wants them. What do you do if no one is interested in your new ideas? Do you stay?”      ...
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