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Last week I wrote a piece advising that you avoid shopping at multiple grocery stores in a given week, arguing that time is more valuable than the marginal differences in taste and quality of food.  The argument is more complex than that, but you can go read the piece if you’d like. It was also…

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Earlier in the year, my kids were featured in a TurboTax ad after an advertising agency found a photo of them on this blog. They actually earned enough money from that gig to pay for a two night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a place they have been wanting to visit for months. If any…

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In August of 2015 I told the story of my first date with my wife at a Moth StorySLAM at The Bitter End. The theme of the night was Guts.  I won the slam that night, but being the hyper-critical person that I am, I hear a lot of room for improvement in the story.…

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You have to wonder the thinking behind Bill O’Reilly’s decision to fact-check Michelle Obama’s assertion in her Democratic National Convention speech that she has been living in a home built by slaves.  Michelle Obama said: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent,…

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When my daughter was three years old, still unable to read, she taught me three invaluable lessons about the craft of writing. Specifically, she offered three specific pieces of criticism made an impression on me as an author and remain with me today. 1. Don’t overwrite. More importantly, don’t refuse editing.  After watching some of…

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I don’t use the word “homophobic.” I prefer “bigot” because even though these despicable people might also be afraid of gay people, I think their hate-filled stupidity is their defining characteristic. 

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