What’s Wrong With Nice?

This week, the world lost Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.  Trebek, 80, had been battling pancreatic cancer.  By all accounts, Trebek was decent and hard working.  He was authoritative without being authoritarian.  Many, many people have used the word “nice” in their summations of Trebek’s character. Several years ago, before a friend’s outdoor wedding, I was…

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A Beautiful Noise

Singers Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile have collaborated on a brand new song titled “A Beautiful Noise.”  The song was recorded as a way of encouraging people to vote.  I didn’t manage to hear it until three days after the election but I was struck by it nonetheless.   The pair performed the duet on “Every…

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One Conversation

I was reading a post-election editorial piece this morning which stated that voters who voted in a specific way, clearly believed a specific thing.  The actual details of this are unimportant  The general gist though, was that people who voted differently than the author of the piece were being portrayed as thoughtless and unfeeling. I…

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Mindfulness and Election Fatigue

The other day, I thought, “Oh, thank goodness.  The election is Tuesday. Things will be calmer when it’s all over.”  Except that it probably won’t be.  No matter who wins or loses, it’s bound to be contentious and divisive as everything seems to have been this year. How do you unplug from it all?  We…

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Times Are Strange. Write a Book.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up in November. The event challenges participants to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Call me crazy but I’m just going to throw this out there. We’re living in very strange times. When we’re struggling with uncertainty, we tend to cling to the faniliar. It totally…

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