Disappoint Your Parents

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  • 7/28/2015 |
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Disappoint Your Parents
There are many people who, as adults, look back and express regret that they didn’t follow their passion. There are several reasons why: a fear of failure, a lack of courage, the inability to gather the right tools or knowledge. Maybe it was doubt that they could ever support themselves in that field. There are others, however, who cite one specific reason for not pursuing their dream: They didn’t want to disappoint their parents. But what if you could disappoint your parents in a good way? In a way that would ultimately bring them joy and make them proud? That&rsquo …

Four Career Lessons From Zombies

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  • 7/8/2015 |
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Four Career Lessons From Zombies
For the record, I’m not a zombie-lover. I’ve never read a zombie novel, I haven’t seen the classic George Romero movies in their entirety, nor do I dress up like them for Halloween. I’m intrigued, however, by the hit TV show The Walking Dead because of the whole “how do people survive in the wake of a catastrophe” premise. I’ve watched almost every episode (as of this writing), and really don’t care about the zombie aspect; I love the interaction between the living characters. But, having said that, I realized that those of us in the …

Finding Your Calm

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  • 7/6/2015 |
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Finding Your Calm
I don’t sail. In fact, I’m rarely on any boat, so I don’t know much about the nautical life other than what I see in movies. But I remember talking to a guy who had his own 40-foot sailboat, and I asked him how scary it was when the weather kicked up and the swells turned nasty. “It makes you a better sailor,” he said. “Navigating through a storm can scare the hell out of you, but when it calms back down and the sea becomes like glass, you realize why you love it so much. It makes the choppy stuff worth it.” Hang on, because I’m abou …

Adventures of a Not-So-Handy-Man

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  • 7/3/2015 |
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Adventures of a Not-So-Handy-Man
My dad was a man’s man. He could fix any problem on any car, or anything else with an engine. He built (by hand) his own remote-controlled airplanes. He hunted, fished, bowled, and was even a whiz at archery. And he could grill. Man, could he grill - every item that came off the barbecue was cooked to perfection, tender and juicy. Growing up, I thought it was something that one just came by naturally. You know, heat the grill, throw the meat on, turn it, then bring it inside. It wasn’t until I got out on my own that I realized the artistry involved. Today I’m a s …

The Cemetery

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  • 7/1/2015 |
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The Cemetery
A couple of years ago I traveled alone to England, in search of information - and inspiration - for an upcoming mystery novel. I didn't plan on stumbling across a centuries-old church and cemetery, but it turned out to be the best part of the entire trip. This article originally was published by Yahoo Travel.   There is no train station at Chilham, just a platform on each side of the tracks, each sporting a bench and an information sign. Three cars are parked in the gravel lot outside the fence, awaiting their owners who, more than likely, have traveled to nearby Canterbury …