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Why I ran the Boston Marathon

Why I ran the Boston Marathon

There are at least two reasons we do anything. The most obvious is what we think we should do, like “Some expert on a podcast said I should eat more blueberries.” Then there is the second, less obvious reason, like “I want to feel better about my health.” Last week I...

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Why You Need to Tell More Stories

Why You Need to Tell More Stories

“People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.” - Seth Godin Cruising garage sales one weekend, researchers Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn spent the morning collecting dozens of random items including a common office stapler, a box of...

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The Salesperson in You

The Salesperson in You

“Never mistake a quantity of calls for a quality of salesmanship." - David Ogilvy The speaker before me is brilliant.  They are an encyclopedia of knowledge, spilling out facts, statistics, and convincing arguments. Slide after slide delivered brilliant graphs...

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5 Books that Taught me How to Age Better

5 Books that Taught me How to Age Better

“What is a normal goal for a young person becomes a neurotic hindrance in old age.” Carl Jung It was July, we were hiking up to the third floor of my favorite bookstore, Powell’s City of Books in the old Pearl district of Portland. Picture a labyrinth of wall-to-wall...

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Get on with it

Get on with it

Over the past month, I’ve been frustrated. More than usual. During dinner with a close friend, I patiently listened as he complained about his partner. We’d had this conversation before and it always ended the same way. Lots of talk - not much action. Over beers,...

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The big gunfight, in my mind

The big gunfight, in my mind

I woke up this morning from a dream. Poured a coffee and sat down at the keyboard. An hour later I had this. Enjoy. The sun was dropping low, boots kicked up dust and sage bush rolled slowly down the street. There were three of us, hats pulled low, hands at the ready....

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The bright side of my aging brain

The bright side of my aging brain

I am getting forgetful. I’ll be on a run listening to a tune I’ve heard dozens of times but can’t come up with the artist’s name (it was Joe Walsh). Or I’ll greet a friend I haven’t seen for a while with the wrong name (very embarrassing.) Maybe the most entertaining...

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