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Religion: A Rational Defense

Religion: A Rational Defense

[Caveat: All of my observations, or essays, however dubbed, are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I now pass along to my loved ones and to any others who choose to read them. I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lessons. They simply reflect ruminations […]

HATE AND REVENGE

HATE AND REVENGE

[Caveat: All of my observations, or essays, however dubbed, are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I pass along to my loved ones and to any others who choose to read them. I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lessons. They simply reflect goals to […]

Jealousy

Jealousy

[Caveat: All of my observations, or essays, however dubbed, are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I pass along to my loved ones and to any others who choose to read them. I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lessons. They simply reflect goals to […]

ANGER

ANGER

[Caveat: All of my observations, or essays, however dubbed, are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I pass along to my loved ones and to any others who choose to read them. I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lessons. They simply reflect goals to […]

Boredom

Boredom

A Self-Inflicted Curse [Caveat:  All of my observations, or essays, however dubbed, are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I pass along to my loved ones and to any others who choose to read them.  I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lessons.  They simply […]

The Station: Living in the Present

The Station: Living in the Present

“Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” James Dean, Actor (1931-1955) When I was a young boy, my father told me a lovely story that his father had once told him; the story is called, “The Station”. It’s been bandied about, plagiarized and paraphrased, much like the many, classic stories […]

Public Speaking: 10 Keys

Public Speaking: 10 Keys

Public Speaking: Ten Techniques for Better Public Speaking My background in public speaking is checkered: from abject failure to exceptional, but the seeds of success are born in failure. (My tortured evolution in public speaking is recounted in my essay, Forget Yourself.) For the purpose of the comments below, let’s simply say that I have […]

Forget Yourself

Forget Yourself

One Man’s Guide to Public Speaking – and a Better Life I now share with you a personal experience that should demonstrate this postulate: Forgetting yourself can be a valuable key to effective public speaking — and to a better life.  (Forgetting yourself does not alter the Self-Acceptance of which I wrote elsewhere; forgetting yourself, […]

Self-Acceptance

Self-Acceptance

[Caveat: Again, I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-observations or lessons. They simply reflect goals to which I aspire and pass along to loved ones and other interested souls.] There is no one more difficult to accept than one’s self. No matter how false our view may be, […]

Persuading Others

Persuading Others

“Convince a person against his will, and he’ll be of the same opinion still.” Paraphrase of Samuel Butler, author Most of us spend a large portion of our waking hours trying to convince someone of something: our parents, siblings, spouses, employers, co-workers, friends, even strangers. We’re driven to “sell” our views, not just to make […]