Category: Life Lessons

Good Conversation

December 28th, 2012 — 5:14am

“…politeness actually creates a kind of friendly distance, and thanks to that warmly generic blanket of nice we wrap ourselves in, we can never get down to the business of actually connecting with individual people. By, you know, talking to them? Being authentic? Asking real questions? Stating our opinions? Listening to theirs? Arguing passionately for or against something? Spirited debate? Talking? Having to hear about something other than us? Is this thing on?”

For some of us, having a good conversation is difficult. Tracy Moore certainly has an opinion on that! Read the full article from Tracy Moore on Jezebel

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Take My Advice (exerpt)

October 14th, 2012 — 9:21am

Do not despise your inner world. That is the first and most general piece of advice I would offer… Our society is very outward-looking, very taken up with the latest new object, the latest piece of gossip, the latest opportunity for self-assertion and status. But we all begin our lives as helpless babies, dependent on others for comfort, food, and survival itself. And even though we develop a degree of mastery and independence, we always remain alarmingly weak and incomplete, dependent on others and on an uncertain world for whatever we are able to achieve. As we grow, we all develop Continue reading »

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Smile Anyway

June 12th, 2011 — 9:20am

This is the first of a series of true stories taken from my personal experience. They are the kind of stories that old men tend to tell over and over again. Hopefully getting them out here will allow me to live the lesson without telling the story time after time, as old men tend to do…

It was 1982 and I was working at a small mom & pop music store in Las Vegas. The store manager (who was also the owner’s son) saw a financial opportunity when he learned that I had some experience setting up PA equipment for live performances. The store had never done ‘pro sound’ before. He admitted to me that, though he was probably the best guitar player in town, he knew nothing about setting up or running a PA. He booked us for a Saturday afternoon outdoor performance at Bonnie Springs.
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