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You don’t get to have nice things.

Last week Howard Stern blasted unvaccinated Americans on his radio show, equating a vaccine mandate as “freedom to live.” “We have no time for idiots in this country anymore, we don’t want you,” Howard Stern said on Monday’s broadcast. “Stay home, die there with your COVID. Don’t take the cure, but don’t clog up our…

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“Whistleblower” is probably unrealisitic

Two whistleblowers recently scored $114 million from the Securities and Exchange Commission, bringing the total amount paid out by the SEC whistleblower program over the past decade to over $1 billion. Since the program was created in the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, 207 whistleblowers have received between 10 to 30 percent of the fines levied…

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Ferris Bueller holds up. Except for the phones.

Here’s something no one tells you when you become a parent: The day will come when you can show your children classic movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the first time, and you’ll spend at least half the time watching your children watch the movie and find that just as much enjoyment in that…

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Shortcomings and Flaws 2021

Years ago a reader accused me of being materialistic after I wrote about my lack of a single favorite number, specifically criticizing me for saying that when it comes to my salary, my favorite number is the largest number possible. After properly refuting the charges of materialism, I acknowledged that I had plenty of other shortcomings…

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Bench

Surprise is a beautiful thing.   In storytelling, it is the most precious gift that a storyteller can offer an audience. A perfect jewel that should be protected at all costs.   This short film a little more than a minute long, and it’s worth every second.   My dream would be for Elysha Dicks…

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Rhythm is hard

You know that you’ve failed when you misspell a word so poorly that the recommended spelling is not only a word entirely different from the one you intended but also a word you’ve never seen before. I wanted to write the word “rhythm.” Instead, I was offered this: Pythiums: A destructive, root-parasitic fungi. So I…

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Bowling ball

Stop what you’re doing and spend 150 seconds watching this. Spark a little joy in your day. My favorites are tennis and archery. What are yours? After watching, consider how relatively simple this video was to make. Not the idea, of course. The idea is ingenious. The ability to push ahead and actually make the…

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Sinisterity

My friend, Shep, found a new word and sent it to me via email under the subject line, “Thinking of you.” The word: Sinisterity PRONUNCIATION: (sin-uh-STER-uh-tee) MEANING: noun: 1. Left-handedness. 2. Skillfulness in the use of the left hand. 3. Awkwardness or clumsiness. 4. Evilness, unluckiness, etc. Kind of remarkable that all four definitions of…

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Have you seen Jogger John’s missing bike?

There’s nothing better than turning your bad news into something amusing, clever, and memorable for others. This, in many ways, is the essence of a lot of great storytelling. “Bad for you, good for the story” is a phrase I say to storytellers a lot. I don’t know if Jogger John of Woodstock, New York,…

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They are always listening

The children are listening and learning all the time. They are listening when you are absolutely sure that they are not. They hear you when you say that someone is too fat or too skinny. They hear you laugh at the clothing that someone is wearing. They hear you complain about the public assistance that…

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