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I received some good news today.  Back in July of 2017, I was blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter after tweeting at him:  While there are ways to get around a block and see Trump’s Twitter feed, the block prevents me from ever commenting on any of his tweets or tweeting directly at him. I…

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Episode #11 of Speak Up Storytelling is now ready for your listening pleasure. On this week’s episode, we talk about finding and crafting stories in your everyday life using my strategy “Homework for Life.” I describe how to turn a seemingly benign moment from my week into a compelling story and discuss how Homework for Life…

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Driving home alone after performing in Maine last week, I decided to spend the last hour of my four-hour drive with the windows down and the music up.  Music blasted. Springsteen. Tom Petty. Tesla. The Ramones. Guns N’ Roses. The Stones. The wind roared through the car. It was fantastic.  As I roared down the…

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I’ve launched a third podcast called “What the Heck?” It’s an occasional conversation with my kids, Clara and Charlie. “What the heck?” is a favorite expression of Charlie.  Honestly, I’m doing it just to record the kids’ voices for posterity, and because they love podcasts and wanted one for themselves. They want to be stars, and…

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I stopped at McDonald’s while I was in Michigan to get myself breakfast each morning before heading off to record the audio version of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling.  It turns out that my standard McDonald’s breakfast in Michigan amounts to $.6.66. The woman who took my…

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On the way to Michigan, my plane encountered a mechanical problem. After sitting on the runway for more than an hour, the pilot asked us to disembark while they attempted to find us another plane. An hour later, another aircraft was located, and we were assigned a new gate. This gate was designed for a…

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There are days when I wish I worked in advertising.  I’m sure the industry isn’t as fun, creative, or permissive as I would like to think, but I think I could produce ideas for some unique, amusing, and memorable campaigns. Campaigns like this one from Country Time lemonade.  It’s brilliant. So brilliant.  

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Earlier this week, I heard a clattering of bowls in the kitchen. When Charlie and I went to investigate, we found Pluto sitting atop the refrigerator, and if you look closely at the first two photos, you’ll see the eye of Tobi peeking out from inside the cabinet. He can find his way into almost…

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