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Three Your Mind

Three Your Mind

Part 1 Happy May. Here are a few things I learned about mayday. Not May Day – that would be a traditional spring holiday in many cultures, or International Workers’ Day, both on May 1st – but mayday as in the standard distress signal. It has nothing to do with the...

Why the Number of Books You Accumulate Speaks Volumes

Why the Number of Books You Accumulate Speaks Volumes

It will take me at least five years to read all the unread books on my shelves. More likely, 10. Probably even longer. That’s what I figured after doing a rough count. What prompted me was an essay in the New York Times called “All Those Books You’ve Bought but...

Not Everyone is Watching Game of Thrones

Not Everyone is Watching Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones just started airing again on HBO. A few days earlier, the Wall Street Journal ran a headline that said “pity the non-watchers”. They said the “Never Throners” who’ve sat out the previous seven seasons don’t know what’s going on, so feel left out of all...

Breaking News About How to Break Bad News

Breaking News About How to Break Bad News

Breaking bad news is never easy. Last month, CNN.com reported on the hospital stay of a California man named Ernest Quintana, 78. He had lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, and was deteriorating. His family knew he’d die soon. One night,...

Why Millennials Still Buy Paper Greeting Cards

Why Millennials Still Buy Paper Greeting Cards

This is either a coincidence or a crime wave. Milwaukee police found 6,600 greeting cards in a car belonging to postal worker Ebony Smith. In March, she admitted to stealing cash and cheques from the cards to pay bills, and was given probation. In Boston, meanwhile,...

6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Writing

6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Writing

It’s spring cleaning season. I recently saw a couple of pieces, here and here, on how to organize and tidy up. Reading them, I noticed that much of the advice also applies in a way to writing and editing. So here are six tips on how to keep your home in shape – and...

If Cheating Pays, Who Bears the Cost?

If Cheating Pays, Who Bears the Cost?

Cheating is rampant, in many areas of life. The recent university admissions scandal in the U.S. has highlighted just one dimension: scamming your way into school. Fifty people were charged in the case. It involved cheating on or falsifying SAT and ACT admission...

Don’t Bottle Up Your Emojis

Don’t Bottle Up Your Emojis

Emotions can be hard to communicate. The ability to do so is a key part of healthy personal and work relationships. And of our own health. An article in The Atlantic pointed to studies showing that when we express our emotions we can reduce stress, and even improve...

Before You Get a Tattoo, Remember it Can Last 5,000 Years

Before You Get a Tattoo, Remember it Can Last 5,000 Years

When you’re writing something, it’s easy enough to edit or delete, right? Not always. In 1991 a pair of tourists were hiking between mountain passes in the Ötzal Alps, on the Austrian-Italian border. They came across a body, and thought it to be a mountaineer who...

Free Your Mind with Oodles of Doodles

Free Your Mind with Oodles of Doodles

Ever doodle at work? Probably not like this pilot. In 2017, he took a new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner into the air for an 18-hour test flight. This was to check its endurance. Instead of taking a typical flight path, the Dreamliner pilot decided to make a distinct pattern...