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What is the Memoir Writer’s Greatest Fear?

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If anyone has done a survey, I don’t know about it. I have no statistics to back me up and couldn’t begin to tell you what fears two through five might be. But thanks to readers’ comments after last week’s post, my own small experience, and some books I’ve read,[…]

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I Hope You Will Buy Yourself Flowers

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I have been buying myself flowers every week or two from late autumn to late spring for the past twenty years. Until I started my research for this post, I had no idea that my flower-buying habits were unusual. How about you? Do you buy yourself flowers? If you don’t,[…]

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7 Simple Steps to Creating Your Very Own Micronation

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A micronation is a small, self-proclaimed independent nation or state that has not been recognized by any government. Follow these seven simple steps and you too can have your very own micronation. 1. Have a Reason Most micronations are created for one or more of the following reasons: self-aggrandizement–For example,[…]

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35 Ways to Strengthen Your Willpower and Self-Control

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Self-control: the ability to resist the temptation of an immediate pleasure so you can enjoy the deeper and more meaningful satisfaction of achieving a long-term goal. Put that way, doesn’t self-control sound like a no-brainer? Simply use your willpower to say ‘No” to whatever is tempting you, and you will[…]

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Why Susan is a Phoenix

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Thank you to Susan Millard who is the first to take up my invitation to contribute a tribe story. Here are her answers to some of the 25 Not-too-Scary Life Questions Worth Asking Yourself. Susan also updated her tribe story with the contribution of a family collage, posted November 15th, 2016.[…]

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What did David Letterman do to the Late Show Studio?

Marquee of Late Show studio where David Letterman made an environmental change to improve his jokes

In the 1980’s, David Letterman played around with the thermostat settings of the Late Show studio. He tried different temperatures on different shows. One night he set the temperature for 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). Success! The audience was really responsive and the jokes were a big hit. The[…]

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