If you want to age slower, you can. Although we all age differently, much of how fast you age is up to you. As hard as it is to believe, aging is not only about your genes.
Do you know people who are near your age, but look a lot younger than you do? I’m sure you know many of them who look much older too. I know 40ish-year-old men who look and move like a worn-out Bernie Sanders. I also know active and healthy people in their 80’s who look 20 years (or more) younger than their chronological ages.
After watching Sinem Gunel interview Coach Tony Stubblebine and following their suggestions, my stats shot out of the crowded Medium writers’ basement. The next story I wrote earned more money than any story I’ve written here thus far.
Was it a fluke? I sure hope not. The interview revealed oversights common to writers. It also gave me a new and motivating perspective about Medium.
Coach Tony is the founder of the popular Medium publications: Better Humans, Better Marketing, and Better Programming. He helps writers level up. He worked with Ev and Jack when Twitter was launched. Ahem, that’s Ev Williams…
When I was a little girl, I learned, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Many people missed that lesson.
I know that Dr Mehmet Yildiz doesn’t need me to bat for him. He eloquently proved that with a recent grand slam when a “fascinated reader” put on her hitting gloves. I refuse to sit back quietly while someone tries to drag his name through the mud.
Although I don’t know Dr Mehmet Yildiz, I know enough about him to appreciate him.
In today’s culture, that’s an exceptionally rare quality.
You are a class…
Has writing lost some of it’s charm and appeal for you? Do you enjoy it less because you’re fed up with the rapid gut punches?
No doubt, you’ve written great articles. You gave the time and effort needed to polish them to perfection. You poured more heart and soul into your articles than Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, did when she belted out the urgent need for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Also, you followed the online writing rules that everybody post about — attention-grabbing headline, irresistible hook, engaging content, end with a bang, yada, yada.
Then, with excitement and anticipation, you place…
Can you imagine females having to lower their heads and curtsy to boys in their class? What about being told to obey the boys’ reasonable requests? That was only a portion of a chivalry assignment recently given to high school students in a Lubbock, Texas classroom.
I remember requests that boys made when I was in high school. But I can’t recall a reasonable request in the bunch.
According to a magazine article, the teacher wanted to demonstrate how medieval customs carry over into today’s society.
Females in the class were given 11 rules for the Chivalry Day assignment. Besides…
Trauma is a wicked rascal. No matter what causes it or how much you want to forget about a traumatic experience, releasing the anxiety takes work.
Of course, some ordeals are a whole lot worse than others. But even the minor ones can leave you feeling anxious, as if something comes over you and takes control. A traumatic experience can make you feel like a victim and that you won’t get over it until… well, never. That’s how it was for me, anyway.
My suffering lasted longer than I like to admit. And the longer it lasted, the stronger it…
What are you doing with the creative ideas that constantly stir inside you? Is it hard to find time to think about them, let alone do them?
“Graveyards are one of the richest places on Earth.” I heard those words from Dr. Myles Munroe years ago. I still think about them whenever I have a new business idea or look at the incomplete work on my hard drive.
Dr. Munroe was an author, speaker, and leadership consultant. He said some of the best books are in graveyards. But they are books that were never written. …
When women put forth the effort to look their best, it ought to be a crime if nobody notices. But complimenting a beautiful mature woman the wrong way can quickly turn into a serious offense.
If out-of-the-blue you tell her she’s beautiful, she probably won’t like it. She might think you’re shallow or that you’re poking fun at her — even if she spent three hours at the beauty salon.
It takes finesse and know-how to give welcomed compliments. Without them, your praise could backfire and you find yourself wondering, “What just happened?”
Let me let you in on a…
Nothing I’d heard about Stephen King made me want to read his books. Based on what people said about him, I concluded King is a certifiable nut case who writes well enough to capitalize on fear.
However, so many writers refer to his book, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft, that I placed it on the backburner about 14 years ago. I planned to force myself to read it one of these days. Since 2020 was the year of weird, I decided it was fitting to get the Stephen King book off my to-read list.
That was one of…
I walked to the back of the house and noticed the garage door was up. Inside, a stranger grabbed power tools, electrical cords, and everything he could carry. He took them out of the garage and dropped them over the fence into the alley.
Watching in horror from the backyard gate, I called for our vicious guard dog. “King! King!”
The intruder turned and waved “hello” to me. But the big, high-energy dog didn’t look in my direction. He laid there, licking his paws.
The stranger pretended he was at home, acting as if I called him. …