Rules Are Different at 17 and When You’re Being Creative

Rules Are Different at 17 and When You’re Being Creative

Rules! Rules! Rules! You got a bike, a dog and a swimming suit——–And the beach is off limits!!!!!   I remember reading a John Updike short story about a young man working a boring summer job bagging groceries. Some bikini clad girls come in and buy beer and chips for a picnic at the beach. They invite the young grocery bagger to join them, and he does. He hands his apron to his boss and follows the girls out the front...

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Release the Flying Monkeys

Release the Flying Monkeys

“It’s a good day when you don’t have to release the flying monkeys.” Love that quote. On second thought, I’m not sure what loving the quote says about me. Of course, everyone knows the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz movie. The movie and the story have become a staple of American culture. Sadly, in the end, good, sweet Dorothy melts the wicked witch with the flying monkeys. I know, I’ve got the story...

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Disappear? Shed Your Identity? Start Over As Someone Else?

Who hasn’t thought about it? Yes, but how hard is it for someone to disappear in the digital age? Author Evan Ratliff goes on the lam for WIRED Magazine with that question in mind. The article “Gone” reads like a techno-thriller,but ends with a poignant twist that touches the heart of story, and why we need one. Turns out the biggest hazard is loneliness. He writes: Had I shown that a person, given enough resources and...

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Want Job–Tell A Story

Liz Ryan writes a column in the Daily Camera, my local newspaper, about keeping your career on track. On August 24, 2009 it was all about the power of story, especially in a job interview. She writes: A story answer to an interview question has three benefits over a stock “Yes, I’ve done {x} in spades” answer: 1. It’s more memorable to the interviewer. 2. It brings out more of you–not just your skills. It shows...

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