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Pride Month is full of pride

It’s Pride Month: It is a month-long occasion for celebrating the LGBTQ+ culture and raising awareness of their rights and history. Two days ago, as I stood onstage at my school, speaking to the student body, I could see a Pride flag waving on the front lawn just below the American flag. A few hours…

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Question everything

This particular “Truth Potato” quote—”Question every rule, tradition, belief, and stereotype there is”—sounds intelligent, wise, and perhaps not profound, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears. A Pew Research Center study found that more than 85% of American children share their parents’ religious and political beliefs. Parents also told Pew researchers that it’s important…

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“Stories Sell: Storyworthy Strategies to Grow Your Business and Brand” born today!

My latest book, “Stories Sell: Storyworthy Strategies to Grow Your Business and Brand” publishes today! My book’s birthday! The book is a guide to using the power of storytelling to succeed in business of any type or size. It takes all of the wisdom that I have gleaned over the many years of performing on…

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The story is about me!

“Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.” – Jeffrey Cranor or Jay Michaelson The internet isn’t sure who said it first. Either way, I hate this idea. it’s nonsense. A dumb idea. Cold comfort for anyone who worries about (or relentlessly obsesses over) the prospect of death. Who doesn’t…

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There is no audience

A recent social media posting that received a lot of attention on the internet: “Years ago, when I was in my 20s, a bold and artistically daring older friend who has since passed on gave me what I often think was the best advice I have ever gotten. I was worrying what people would think…

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The ridiculousness of packing for camp

Packing lists for weeks-long camps are a little ridiculous. In response, parents already paying thousands of dollars for sleepaway camps are deciding that the cost to get their child’s camp trunk squared away by professionals is worth the expense. A prepared bundle of toiletries from Camp Kits, for example, can cost $98 to $185. Prep…

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A whole bunch of Americans are not living in reality

A recent Harris poll indicates: 55% of Americans believe the economy is shrinking, and 56% think the US is experiencing a recession, even though the broadest measure of the economy – gross domestic product (GDP) – has been steadily growing and outpacing most other developed nations. 49% of Americans believe the S&P 500 stock market…

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Happy retirement, Irene

Irene Otte retired Wednesday after working for 51 years in the cafeteria of the school where I teach. I’ve been teaching at the same school for the past 25 years, which I thought was quite a bit. I guess not. Irene began her career at the school in 1973 when I was just two years…

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Mike Lombardi on leadership

In a recent newsletter, Mike Lombardi offers eight critical principles of leadership. I love this list. But I also believe that it’s not so much a list for leaders as it is for human beings. Anyone working in any organization should follow the tenets of this list, regardless of their position in the pecking order.…

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Cindy’s gift is best unopened

Four years ago, a student named Cindy gave me a birthday gift wrapped in handmade wrapping paper that was so lovely that I decided never to open the gift. Cindy, it turned out, was fine with this. The suggestion actually brought a huge smile to her face. This decision has upset quite a few students…

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