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Life Lessons from TV Comedy

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net One of the most important life lessons I learned came from watching sitcoms on television.  Surprising, right?  Who would believe that TV comedy can teach anything, other than how to write unoriginal, formulaic stories around forgettable characters?  Well, it can, but you need to add an ounce of thought from […]

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Relentless Focus

When I was growing up, I was never quite happy with my lot in life.  I was pretty sure I didn’t know the secret to success, but I was also pretty sure there were people out there who did.  I became attracted to the early personal success gurus and the books they wrote.  I believe […]

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6 Things Modern Men Need to Know About Rape Culture

(updated from a prior version to test the appeal of different formats)If you are a man, you’ve probably heard about “rape culture”.  I know that sounds terrible, even terrifying in fact, but don’t worry.  Well, maybe worry a little.  Feminists have assembled a jumbled set of attitudes and behaviors and labeled them “rape culture” in […]

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Speech: Living La Vida Caveman

This year (2014) I entered the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest in my division a little late.  I jumped in for my home club at the last minute in the area contest, and took this speech to the division contest.I had thought that if GEICO could make cavemen funny, then the Paleo Diet, which is based […]

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Don’t Take the Red Pill!

Recently, the Red Pill Movement has gained some attention from the press as a men’s rights movement, so it’s worth taking a look at the movement.  The principle behind the movement is that men need to see the world for what the world really is, not the way men have been indoctrinated by society, gender […]

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Reframing Money

Sometimes in life things just don’t work the way we expect them to, and we don’t understand why.  We either don’t get the results we want or think we should get better results.  Maybe we feel we should be making more money, or getting better results in the gym, or any of a myriad of […]

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Bruno Mars is Really From Venus

If I were asked to think of names that sound truly manly, the list might include names like Silas, Burke, Leroy, Zachary, Isaac, among others.  A rugged name like Bruno might even be near the top of the list.  Bruno might be a good name for a bouncer at the local bar.  “Look out guys, […]

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Speech: Dancing Your Way to Success

I’ve spent a couple weeks doing the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest circuit.  First the club level, then the area level and finally the division level, where I placed third with this speech.  Admittedly, that’s not much of a circuit, especially when you consider there is only one higher level anyway. The purpose of speech was […]

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Thoughts: Dedication and Purpose

The other day I was discussing with friends the topic of purpose.  “How do I find my life’s purpose?” was posed as the question that day.  One person responded, “What would you sacrifice your life for?  That’s your purpose.”  I thought about that, and it didn’t seem quite right for me.  Sacrificing your life is […]

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Thoughts: Death by A Thousand Cuts

At our recent Toastmasters Leadership Institute, also known simply as officer training, we discussed some of the reasons people leave Toastmasters.  Although the numbers vary from survey to survey, about 70 percent leave because they don’t feel their needs are being met or the club is indifferent to their needs.  About 10 to 20 percent find […]

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Thoughts: Somebody Agrees With Me!

If you thought my post about Danger and Insane Lyrics was off the wall, then I feel compelled to point out that somebody agrees with me.  That somebody is a fringe artist by the name of Paul Thorn, who was interviewed by NPR recently.  Consider this quote from the interview: “…with all the mainstream music […]

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Speech: Telepathy in Modern Society

My latest speech (March, 2012) follows the theme of mental programs I started with Buttons.   Once again, this a topic that cannot be adequately addressed in 8-10 minutes, the recommended time for an after dinner talk (The Entertaining Speaker, project 5). In this speech I reference an editorial from Toastmaster magazine, in which the […]

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