Podcast Of The Week: 60 Songs That Explain The ‘90s

I simultaneously can’t believe Rob Harvilla made this many episodes of 60 Songs That Explain the ‘90s (120ish songs and it’s still incomplete?!) AND that he’s stopping making them.  There are approximately 5 podcasts I listen to regularly but don’t promote enough because they are part of the water in which my ears swim. These … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: 60 Songs That Explain The ‘90s

The 5 F’s Of Stress Response (Fight, Flight, Follow, Freeze, F*** It)

In Peter Atwater’s book, The Confidence Map, he says the situations where we are MOST stressed, are those when our feeling of certainty and control are the lowest.  Makes sense.  I remember sitting down for a class in high school and having the teacher say, “Clear your desks, pens and pencils only, I’m passing out … Continue reading The 5 F’s Of Stress Response (Fight, Flight, Follow, Freeze, F*** It)

More Evil Doesn’t Beat Evil, Good Beats Evil. Duh.

If you haven’t read The Lord of the Rings, or seen the movies, or even if you only half-remember The Hobbit cartoon from the ‘70s - I have a non-spoiling spoiler for you (because it applies to writing online and life in general): More evil doesn’t beat evil. Good beats evil. Duh.  You can try … Continue reading More Evil Doesn’t Beat Evil, Good Beats Evil. Duh.

Podcast Of The Week: Merve Emre’s New Criticism Podcast Might Be My New Favorite Thing

It’s one episode in and I’m prone to hyperbole, but.  I found Merve Emre via her book The Personality Brokers back in 2018ish. This book helped me better understand the Meyers-Briggs personality test. Not my particular personality (INTJ, as discussed here, or anyone else’s for that matter), but - where the test came from, who … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Merve Emre’s New Criticism Podcast Might Be My New Favorite Thing

Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Before you assume you’re right about anything, remember to ask this question.  From Will Storr (as told to David McRaney, as relayed to Bogumil Baranowski): Am I right about everything? The answer is, “No.” It’s not even hard to say. Try it (we'll say it together. 1, 2, 3 and) - "I am most certainly … Continue reading Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Cross-Generational Quick Connection Hacks

“OK, Boomer.” “OK, Zoomer.” “OK, _____” Want to forge stronger connections and build relationships outside of your age range? Do it the same way you do it within your own age range.  Start with something they care about.  It helps if you care about it too.  AKA be curious.  And skip over the boring stuff. … Continue reading Cross-Generational Quick Connection Hacks