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Archive for the 'Self-Improvement' Category

Unresolutions: New Year’s goals for 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. To start with, the word resolved brings me back to high school debate, a series of disturbing memories best left in the repressed graveyard of teenaged shame. Yes: I was on the debate team at an all-guys high school. I had enough adolescent sexual frustration to […]

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Unseemly bragging

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. — Dylan Thomas I participated in the 5k Rudolph Run on Saturday morning, when it was 24 degrees outside. We were a bunch of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Retards. But […]

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Deep Thoughts

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I’ve recently tightened up my waistline a little bit — yay — but it causes a conundrum: I can now yank my belt one (1) button tighter, which gives me an immediate psychological boost, but then a couple hours later I’m gasping for air like a Victorian-era corset victim. Sometimes life is complicated. A Victorian’s […]

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The discipline to write

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

After reading yesterday’s highlighted story about the UCB improv comedy school in Manhattan, I saw a link to another fun article about the independent comedy scene in New York. The piece primarily focuses on up-and-comer Kumail Nanjiani, and included a section that jumped out at me: Meanwhile, Mr. Nanjiani keeps up the pace, trying to […]

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The things we take for granted

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I like to smile. It’s healthy, fun, and constitutes a large part of how I interact with the world. Smiling, in my opinion, is one of life’s great pleasures. And until last week, I had taken smiling completely for granted. “Gaah… even I know how to ride a bike without falling off.” In the immediate […]

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