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You simply must read this

You simply must read this

HEY, LOOK THIS WAY! READ THIS AMAZING BLOG POST! You will be astounded at what happens next! Did you hear the shocking news? Are you missing the boat on this? Good God, HURRY! (Pause. Heavy, exasperated sigh.) I am really, really, really tired of emails and headlines that bark like yip dogs for attention. They […]

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Lessons learned from a freelance Snake Charmer

Lessons learned from a freelance Snake Charmer

On a recent holiday trip to Morocco, I spent some time in Marrakech with various local freelancers, including storytellers, drummers, dancers with roosters on their head, fortune-tellers, cell phone hawkers, and one highly charming snake charmer. I came away with five insights into freelancing that can be applied in any country, any line of work. […]

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Random Uncounters

Random Uncounters

Bucket Joke I learned something the other day about homeless people. They’re not afraid to laugh. I was hurrying back to work after lunch. While crossing a Portland street I met a downtrodden man with a blooming, cauliflowery beard who stopped in the middle of the intersection and stammered out a few words in my […]

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Last message of ’13

Last message of ’13

It’s the thought that counts.   On this, the last day of a year ending in 13, it seems fitting to end with a message of hope and good luck. The above message was written years ago by my daughter, Ruby. I couldn’t have said it, or written it, any better. From the entire staff […]

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Goose the noodle

Goose the noodle

TAKE YOUR BRAIN FOR A WALK.   According to studies, walking stimulates your brain. This official scientific image shows how the brain reacts to exercise. I’m no scientist, but it makes sense to me. In my line of work, I’ve found that when you need inspiration it helps to get the blood flowing and take […]

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