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Sunday Snippet: Vivian Greene on Hardship

November 29th, 2015

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Keeping up with the Joneses is not only difficult; it’s completely and utterly impossible. Especially in the modern age of social media, we look at the lives of our friends, colleagues and casual acquaintances and assume that everything […]

Sunday Snippet: Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

November 22nd, 2015

“I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit me.” A positive outlook on life, coupled with a great sense of self-efficacy, can be an incredibly powerful thing. Far too […]

Sunday Snippet: Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content

November 15th, 2015

“You ought to expect better of people. It encourages you to be a better person yourself.” Despite all the horrific atrocities that we hear about on the news, I’d like to think that most people are good most of the time. I’d like to think that the people performing these heinous acts are the exception, […]

White Collar, Blue Collar or No Collar

November 13th, 2015

I was at the local bottle depot, returning my empty cans and bottles as I had done so many times before, except I visited a location that wasn’t my usual spot. No big deal, I just happened to be in a different neighborhood. As I was sorting through the empties, I noticed that one of […]

Sunday Snippet: Hugh Laurie on Timing

November 8th, 2015

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a […]

Sunday Snippet: Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

November 1st, 2015

“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.” When my brother and […]

Sunday Snippet: Shawn Achor on Success and Happiness

October 25th, 2015

“Every time your brain has a success, you just changed the goalpost of what success looked like. You got good grades, now you have to get better grades, you got into a good school and after you get into a better one, you got a good job, now you have to get a better job, […]

Sunday Snippet: Bobby Scar on Potential

October 18th, 2015

“Potential is one of those words that is a double-edged sword… You never want to be the player with potential for too long.” Even though I don’t really have the chance to play video games as often as I once did, I still watch a lot of video games online. In particular, I am and […]