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Life

October 16, 2014

"In Defense of Coaches Who Yell"

Jennifer Wilson, writing in Esquire. Bravo.

My kids have great egos. Their dad and I tell them when they're rocking it, and we tell them when they screw up. We hug them either way.

But when they are beyond the boundaries of our loving home, most people won't consider them the perfect little starfish that we do. And they have to know how to deal with that. How to prove their worth. In swimming, that means they'll do so by not sucking.

So no, I'm not scared of the old-school coach and his vigorous saliva spray of enthusiasm. But you know what I am scared of? I'm scared of kids who have the crap pampered out of them. Who think every single thing they do is precious and correct.

October 07, 2014

Boring meetings can be very costly

Further evidence here.

September 23, 2014

"What is and is not child abuse"

By sportswriter Leonard Pitts, Jr. Letter perfect.

Here's what I do believe. A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout them.

September 09, 2014

"Don’t do what you love"

Unusual but persuasive advice. You can't argue, at least, with this bit:

We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America.

August 27, 2014

"Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings"

I can certainly relate.

THE amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. 

This sounds like excellent advice:

For people thinking about beginning the task, here are some ideas from Kimberly McMahon, of Let’s Move..

■ Write some organizing time on your calendar.

■ Set a timer to get started.

■ Start small, even if it’s matching up a cup with a saucer.

■ Get a friend to help.

■ Fill a trash bag once a week.

■ Call and book a donation pickup for the next day.

August 14, 2014

"Why I Don’t Use Contraception"

"Many people are quite amazed to meet a pants-wearing, educated woman who actually favors the contraception-free life. For the curious, here’s an FAQ."

August 13, 2014

"Read Whatever the Hell You Want to Read"

This is true, so very true.

Reading is good for you, almost always. As Faulkner once said, “Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.” Reading how to make and drink poison is somewhat good for you, because then you’ll know if you’re accidentally making or drinking poison. (Just make sure not to do the last part, where you drink the poison.)

In fact, the only childlike behavior possible when it comes to reading is deciding not to read something before you’ve even picked up the book to begin with. That is the only thing.

August 06, 2014

"I Made $15 Million Before I Was 30, And It Wasn't As Awesome As You'd Think"

The main takeaway seems be to get married and make some good friends before you get rich. Otherwise, as Biggie rapped, it's "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems".

July 20, 2014

"Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson transforming lives of young men with foundation, family at side"

Lovely story about Megatron paying back

Johnson has run the slide projector and has helped his mother moderate the session. But she is gone now, and it is just Johnson and the five boys. Johnson has been standing behind a lectern during the session, but as soon as his mother leaves, he and the young men instinctively huddle. Johnson might be an NFL megastar, but at 28 he’s only a decade older than the boys. . . .

Johnson has never been comfortable speaking publicly to large groups. But here, in a conference room the size of a living room, tucked inside this skyscraper, the NFL’s best receiver is at his best in a small setting, talking casually and revealing more about himself than he ever has.

July 12, 2014

"People Who Get The Job Done"

A brief photographic tribute to the inventiveness, resourcefulness, and unwise risk-taking of some of our fellow humans

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