The secret about The Secret!

(A friend recently asked me about The Secret.  So I thought I’d reprint this article a wrote awhile back) Confronting The Secret by Doug Bursch Recently, Oprah Winfrey has been pushing The Secret.  The Secret is a masterfully marketed repackaging of some very old ideas.  What started as a movie and book by Rhonda Byrne […]

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The power of a beautiful song

I enjoy emotional music.  In fact, I’m a sucker for a good soundtrack.  The plot, acting, and special effects might stink to high heaven, but if the movie is scored by John Williams I’ll let it slide.  My cynicism is no match for an evocative weepy violin crescendo.  Consequently, I’ve teared up at the climax […]

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Overcoming Overwhelming

It’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Many problems in life are overwhelming.  Some of us have been avoiding our snail mail.  Our mail box is stuffed full of bills like a collection agency piñata.  Our credit cards are winning.  Our bank accounts are losing.  Savings is nothing more than a category on our bank statements.  The […]

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Huffington Post Paying Bloggers with Sandwiches (April Fools’ Day)

In an April Fools’ Day surprise, Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of Huffington Post Media Group, announced today that her company will start paying non-staff contributors and bloggers for their content. In recent months, Arianna Huffington has faced pressure from freelance journalists who are frustrated with the Huffington Post’s unwillingness to pay for […]

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Being Relevant isn’t Cool!

Although I’m not much of a wordsmith, I do enjoy the power of words. It is fascinating how the turn of a phrase or the substitution of just one word can make the difference between laughter and the absence of laughter. This is one of the main reasons I never use the word prostrate in […]

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Answering my Vibrating Pants

I clearly remember the first time I felt my cell phone vibrate.  I was alone, driving a low budget rental car on a surprisingly empty southern California freeway.  It was dark and I was somewhat lost.  I preface my lostness with “somewhat” to placate my masculine sensitivities.  However, totally lost may be a more objective […]

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Spring Seems to Have Sprung.

Spring seems to have sprung.  The flowering plum trees have given up on dormancy to once again burst on the scene, drawing pink poetic contrast to tornadoesque skies.  Even so, this year the plum blossoms appear particularly susceptible to the whims of prevailing winds.  A rain and wind, one-two punch, could quickly change that canvas. […]

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Bury Me Upside Down, Coffin Lid Open

The Dust of Eden It’s all a bit odd.  Dirt covers the earth and pavement covers the dirt.  People travel the pavement in cars.  They sit in their cars, on their phones, talking to someone else, somewhere else.  Eden is buried, it’s beneath us. Dirt covers the earth and buildings cover the dirt.  In the […]

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