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Why People Put Up With So Much Garbage

. . . So it’s not that people simply become accustomed to a new situation. Instead, they actually change their thinking. It is as though they can’t bear to continue feeling angry, so they subconsciously look for ways to convince … Continue reading

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Musical Thinking

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music Ursula K. Le Guin

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Do It Flamboyantly

To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. William James This quote came from one of my quote books. I had flagged the quote with a sticky note, then left the book on my desk as a … Continue reading

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Cleaning My Desk

I sometimes tape interesting quotes onto surfaces in my workspace, but eventually they start to yellow and need to be taken down. Today I am removing three. I would like to remember them, though, so here they are. People want … Continue reading

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No One to Blame but Themselves

Favorite quote from The Fireman by Joe Hill The sound of an English accent distracted her and lifted her spirits. She associated English accents with singing teapots, schools for witchcraft, and the science of deduction. This wasn’t, she knew, terribly … Continue reading

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You Should Be Writing!

David Sedaris, on writing: I had to have a root canal recently. And it took place over three continents. I was on a plane going from one continent to another, going from Australia to Japan and then going to the … Continue reading

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If I Tolle You Once, I Tolle You Twice

Have you ever noticed that once you discover a new word or concept, suddenly you find it all over the place? It’s as if it’s trying to prove its importance, or to cement itself into your memory, or perhaps even … Continue reading

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My Fortune

My fortune from last night’s fortune cookie: Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.

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On Medicine

My mother-in-law and I were chitchatting about how it usually takes a few weeks to get rid of a cold. She herself had a lingering cough, even after having taken a course of antibiotics for bronchitis. She said, “It’s like … Continue reading

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How Nice

I had a good uncle . . . . His principal complaint about other human beings was that they seldom noticed it when they were happy. So when we were drinking lemonade under an apple tree in the summer, say, … Continue reading

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