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Marathon singing with Danny

Another story about my friend, Danny, who recently passed away: Danny and I were camping with our Boy Scout troop on an autumn weekend. We had hiked deep into the forest off a dirt road in our hometown of Blackstone with about two dozen other Scouts and our Scoutmaster (and also Danny’s father), Donald Pollock.…

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Danny gets me a job and changes my life

My friend, Danny, passed away recently. On Saturday, I’ll be attending his funeral. Danny and I spent thousands of hours together as teenagers, doing what teenage boys do once they get a driver’s license and discover girls. He is one of the primary reasons I look back upon my teenage years with such fondness. When…

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Birthday surprises from little-ish people

I celebrated my birthday three days ago, and it was quite a day, filled with lots of celebration and fun. Elysha, the kids, and I went to our favorite diner for dinner for burgers, shakes, and cake. My colleagues brought me lunch and a Carvel ice cream cake – my favorite food in the world.…

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My favorite haikus

It’s snowing this morning. It’s that lovely brand of snow that doesn’t threaten to make travel hazardous or require any shoveling. Just a gentle, steady flurry. Picturesque and beautiful. It brings to mind one of my favorite haikus: First snow the neglected yard now perfect – Elizabeth St. Jacques Haikus, it should be noted, are…

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No right way

Career advice from author and entrepreneur Charlie Hoehn: “Just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life. They aren’t real, and they were created by…

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Birthday and a book!

Hello friends, Today is my birthday!  It’s an exciting day – not so much for my additional trip around the Sun – but because today I get to announce my brand new book: Stories Sell: Storyworthy Strategies to Build Your Business and Brand … a guide to using the power of storytelling for success in…

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Celebrating books around the world!

Yesterday, my agent negotiated the Spanish rights to “Storyworthy” and the Bulgarian rights to “Someday Is Today.” “Negotiated the rights” means that these two books will be published in those two countries, and I will receive an advance on both deals. I mention this to remind myself of how fortunate I am. This is the…

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John Paul Jones kicked ass. Why didn’t I know?

Why did it take me 52 years to learn that American naval hero John Paul Jones launched a successful amphibious attack on England during the Revolutionary War? His bold and decisive victory included: Leading a small detachment of two boats from his ship, the USS Ranger, to raid the port at Whitehaven, England, where more…

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Bumps in the road

My students often learn quite a bit about my life. I tell stories, of course, primarily to teach lessons and entertain them while they learn. But a great deal of my life can be found online, beginning with my Wikipedia page, so my more curious and nefarious students will spend some time researching my past,…

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Soul Man is still available on streaming

I learned about John Howard Griffin for the first time this week. In November 1959, in an attempt to better understand the Black American experience, journalist John Howard Griffin underwent a medical treatment to temporarily darken his skin and, for six weeks, placed himself in the shoes of those who suffered under the oppressive weight…

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