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Trump definition (verb): to get the better of; override. (Merriam Webster online dictionary)

Trump may just get reelected. If that sentence makes you physically ill, hear me out.

There are a lot of closeted Trump supporters in this country. They cluck along with their friends at trendy restaurants about the latest indiscretion or maddening thing Trump or his colleagues did, protest vehemently to their spouses when he’s strengthening the borders, but secretly they are happy not to see the unwashed masses stream through our gates. They like the lower taxes they are paying. They hate the fact that political correctness has gone so far you’re afraid to say anything anymore. They don’t really give a shit that Medicare and Social Security and the deficit are going belly up, they just want more money in their wallet today, this month, this year. …

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Why, day after day, or more typically for me, night after late night, do I often spend the time typing late into the wee hours looking for that perfect phrase, that wonderful sentence, the turn of character or scene or dialogue that rings just right? When I could be happily sleeping away, oblivious.

Is it because the rest of the hours spent during the day are less than perfect? The minutes spent on hold with someone somewhere who barely can understand me over the crackle of the cell phone, and the insistent surveys all those calls have at the end where you just don’t have the heart to tell them how you really feel? …

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So your friends have been bugging you to get up there and sing your heart out in front of a bunch of tipsy strangers. Read this article and you will have a fighting chance to nail it, or at least not be booed off the stage!

First, dress nicely and look appealing. You want the audience on your side, and it helps to have a decent appearance, after all, these folks have likely never seen you before. You will feel more confident if you look and dress the part. Stand up straight and act confident, even if you are not.

Arrive early at the club to sign up and check things out. …


Joy Bennett

Writer, mom and pet lover in Santa Monica, California. UCLA graduate, Huffington Post contributor. Website

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