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Ten Things I Noticed about “Inside Out”

Ten Things I Noticed about “Inside Out”

The kid and I went to see Disney’s Inside Out this weekend.     The movie choice was mine, but the kid approved. Actually, he’s pretty selective when it comes to movies. Jurassic World seemed a bit too much for eight-year-old him, he said. Of...
The Zen Salesman

The Zen Salesman

I get a lot of inspirational messages in my social media life.   Most are from people fixated on success. Success in what? Oh, stuff. I guess. Just success. There’s this thing called “success” that everyone seems to want. We want to be...
“Gratitude” : Choosing to be Happy

“Gratitude” : Choosing to be Happy

Are you unhappy? Don’t be. Just decide not to be. Decide to be happy, instead. Is it that simple? Yes, I think so, actually. One of the standard bits of coping advice is to “show gratitude.” Gratitude is all the rage, dontchaknow? They say just...
The Writer as Home Decorator

The Writer as Home Decorator

What do your bookshelves look like? Here’s some of mine: I’ve kept most books I’ve ever owned. I’ve even kept little novelty books I’ve picked up out of cutout bins — things like a compendium of Jewish party album covers from the...
Buckaroo Banzai and the Sadness of Childhood Tycoons

Buckaroo Banzai and the Sadness of Childhood Tycoons

It’s hard being the son of a childhood newspaper tycoon.   Although the conclusive history is lost to the ages (he’d be turning 100 this year), apparently Dad made quite a splash back in the day, very early in life. He started as a paperboy on foot,...