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Missing Missives

I really miss missives. People used to take time to make thoughtful letters. Funny, sad, instructive. When it took some effort in the doing, people spent time getting it right. You’d think with all the trouble folks seem to have crafting a good email marketing campaign, the effort would make them take care to make something decent. But I’m not talking about email marketing. I’m talking about missives. I’m rusty, I’ll get better, and I’m trying… Continue Reading

Don’t Get Frustrated, Get Better

If there was a way for me to get in shape without having to do the work, you’d better believe I’d be the first in line to buy it, no matter the cost. As it turns out, though, the only way I can get healthy is by putting in the work. The often painful, often frustrating work. I can’t wish for it, hope for it, pray for it, or visualize it; I have to work for it.

So do you. Continue Reading

Eyes Too Big

When I was a little kid, the older folks – nearly ALL of them – had a saying they’d lay on me whenever I tried to impress at a gathering by piling food in heaps upon my plate, trying to express my maturity by emulating the appetites of the adults and the bigger kids, “Mmm… Continue Reading