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How To Fight Power

How To Fight Power 

 

If you believe in social justice or reform, you can work for change all you want, but the moment you become big or powerful enough to threaten a real vested interest, they will immediately make every…

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A Time for Hope

Most people would agree that the world would be a worse place if someone they loved wasn’t in it.  And if anyone loves you, anyone at all, then it’s clear that the world would be a worse place if you…

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What Am I Listening to Music For?

I listen to music differently now.  When I was a kid, I had 4 albums, and I listened to them again and again.  I’d sit in a chair with the album cover, and sometimes I’d sing along.

 

Now I have…

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Always Ready

I once gave one of my books to a friend to edit.  He returned the book back to me fully edited.  When I asked him how he liked the book, he couldn’t tell me much about it.

 

His editing mindset…

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Harry Potter and the Fifty Year Old Man

 

I took my family to Universal Studios this Spring.  We were especially looking forward to the Harry Potter parks.  When I got there, I was hoping to feel the magic.

 

But at fifty years old I can no longer submit…

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Deeper Than Words - How I Sang With My Own Voice

Deeper Than Words - How I Sang With My Own Voice

 

I heard a story about Robert de Niro that fascinates me.  He came into an audition one time and read for a part.  The producer remarked that he was…

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To Do or Be?

Every once in a while someone will give me a very nice compliment about my abilities, tell me I’m great.  But the truth is that such compliments are very confusing to me.  What’s confusing about being called “great” at something?

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Fight the Strategy, Not the Enemy

My favorite scene in Saving Private Ryan is where the Nazi soldier is fighting Mellish, the Jewish soldier.  The Nazi subdues Mellish by literally quieting him with soothing words so that Mellish will no longer resist the knife being stabbed…

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Your Aptitude and Your Potential

Prodigies are fun because you think, “Wow, if they can play like that now, what are they going to be like when they’re adults?”  But prodigies aren’t fun because a lot of them burn out.  Child actors, child musicians, only…

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Broken Clocks and Broken People

There’s a silly proverb that says a broken clock is right two times a day.  Not too profound.  However, if you compare the broken clocks to clocks that supposedly work, you’d be surprised at how the broken clocks come out!

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Fighting Me

Recently I stood up to someone that has been damaging me.  I don’t usually do that.  Once I had, I was essentially free of the damage, because there was nothing this person could do to hurt me anymore.

 

And yet…

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What I Got Out of the Stanford Prison Experiment

I had the “pleasure” of watching The Stanford Prison Experiment.  It’s a gruesome film about a grisly six days spent by two groups of students who had volunteered to take part in an experiment.  While the movie presents a very…