midlife-parenting

How to Loot Your Child’s Happiness to Make Your Life Better

A good friend of mine recently contracted the West Nile virus and it almost killed him. He’s a lot better now, which means he can get out of bed, get dressed, and go to the bathroom all by himself. After which he collapses back into the bed because his core …

midlife-transition

The Best Way to Waste Your Money on Therapy

Albert Ellis defeated his fear of talking to women in a most courageous way. He sat on a park bench at the New York Botanical Garden for a solid month and forced himself to speak to every female who parked themselves within earshot. No tricks. No frills. No excuses. Perhaps it …

beat-yourself-up

Stop Beating Yourself Up. You’re Not the One Getting Hurt.

My English teacher’s tooth fell out during a self-flagellation scene of “The Scarlet Letter”. Mr. Baker got so cracked up by the …

thinking-skills

How to Make Sure You’re as Un-creative as Possible

I’ll never forget watching Shepherd Smith of Fox News break down on live TV as he reported the damage from Hurricane Katrina …

importance-of-motivation

Stop Worshiping Your Heroes. It’s Killing Your Motivation.

Bowing down to people who have “made it” is good way to make sure you never do. In fact, Angela Duckworth wrote …

midlife-transition

Don’t Find Your Passion at the Expense of Losing Your People

Midlife found me in a major funk. Not the kind that can be measured in weeks, months, or years. More like sighs, …

magazine-writing-jobs

How to Get Your Query Deleted in 10 Seconds or Less

Your most attractive credential to a magazine editor, blogger, or agent might not have anything to do with your writing ability. As …