What it has taken me 33 years to learn

The Justin McElroy Institute

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-You can be funny and kind or funny and cruel. The second one is easier, but the first one is worth it.

-Dip the french fry in the Frosty. Go on, try it.

-Habit is a powerful force we forget about until it’s turned against us. Be careful which ones you create.

-You will remember the most embarrassing crap you do in your life forever and in perfect clarity. Everyone else will remember the kindest things you do. It all comes out in the wash.

-If you’re doing a remote podcast, it’s worth it to record audio locally and mix it together. Trust me on this one.

-You’re the only one who can let go of your grudges. It’s worth it, I promise. They’re not doing you any good.

-Doing the good, brave, kind things can feel silly if you let your internal critic get in the way. Reminder: No…

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#nofilter

the white coat catalogs

As I waited in line at the grocery store, a half-gallon of milk in one hand and a box of crackers in the other, I unconsciously thumbed through the photographs on one of the many social networks that has almost become uncomfortably synonymous with my generation. The photographs seemed to pass by in a blur of colors- friends enjoying dinner at a popular San Francisco restaurant, beautiful autumn colors highlighted on a trail, and an adorable pet doing something…well…adorable. However as I was admiring a photograph of an almost unbelievable sunset dipping into the ocean, my attention caught on one of the “hashtags” that lined the photo: “#nofilter”. It’s a common category, and almost anyone who has used the likes of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook has seen it in reference to a photograph or image. But it got me thinking. Since when do we have to qualify our images with…

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“Why Are There No Blue Dogs?”

Little Bird's Dad

20130904.BlueDog750Tuesday night, after the night shift nurses in the Hospice had dimmed the lights so everyone could settle in for the night, and after everyone left his side,  my Uncle Joe quietly passed away.

I never really got why folks were so impatient with Joe.  A lot of folks thought he was stupid – retarded was not an uncommon description.

In reality, he was just a goofy man.

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7,000 Reasons Your Uniqueness May Be Plagiarism

Lark & Bloom

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I live in America where there is a continual conversation about one’s individuality. We love to take tests to see what our strengths and skills are. Shelves are full of books to help us discover our unique composition and  how to capitalize on it.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for self-awareness. According to Myers Briggs I am an ENTP, which pretty much nails me. Knowing who we are is essential to understanding what we were made to do and how we were made to do it, but it is also where the problem comes in.

What is the problem?

I think we are each put on this earth to accomplish a certain task. You can call it what you want – destiny, mission or calling. I believe that our being here serves a purpose and that we are each divinely made to see that accomplished. My own belief…

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Following the Waves of the Great Ocean Road

A Shout-Out to the Lazies

Daily Prompt: Perspective

A Writer and a Physicist Talk Creativity

The Stopping Place

New Poet Laureate appointed

SONY DSCThe new Poet Laureate for Derbyshire is to be Helen Mort.

She is the fifth person to take the post and she replaces Matt Black who carried out his last engagement yesterday for National Poetry Day.

Her first official appearance will be at Wirksworth Library on Monday,  October 28 at 7pm as part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Days Festival and she will remain in post until September 2015.

Helen, who was born in Sheffield in 1985, grew up in Chesterfield.

She is the five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008.

In 2010 she was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

Her latest collection Division Street has just been published by Chatto & Windus and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

artsbeat magazine will hopefully be interviewing Helen…

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