If you’ve ever researched how to achieve sustainable success on the internet, you know you need to be an “expert.” Much of the credit for this goes to Google who, in their quest for search result relevance, have realized that the most relevant search results are those that had been shared by the most people. And of course, the way to get people to recommend an article is to make it useful, for the author … Keep reading...

I’ve been having a discussion with myself about why I write what I do for a long time. When I was younger, I never really thought about it. I wrote what I liked. I wrote what I wanted to write. That was it. And then my mom ruined everything.

Yes. My mom.

I used to send all my stories to her and she dutifully read them. They were obviously not her kind of thing, but … Keep reading...

Think back. When you were a kid, was there some driving feature of your life, something that you see under-girding everything you did, or everything you were/are? Let me give you an example.

Don’t Cry

When I was in elementary school, I had to get a variety of physicals, just like every other kid. That meant shots, and just like every kid, I hated shots. They made me cry. Like most mothers, mine was motivated … Keep reading...

Before this goes any further, let me share two stories.

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One of the most vivid memories I have of my childhood is this: I’m walking home from school. It’s a warm autumn day and I’m alone. I cross the street from the playground and start passing my best friend’s house. As I do, a girl approaches. I know her peripherally. She’s a grade above me. We’ve never spoken. She’s coming toward me and we … Keep reading...