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Seven things you may not know about my writing life…

My new favorite writing spot

This post was inspired by an email from Bette Lee Crosby, author of Amazon 5-star rated Memory House and other heart-warming books. She wrote “Seven things you may not know about my writing life.” That got me inspired to write my own list.

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How to offend people

"Easter Pig" cartoon from 1979This cartoon caused a firestorm on a social media site. I drew this cartoon for my high school newspaper, the Regent Review, in 1979. When I posted it recently, someone wrote a comment that offended a lot of people (including me). Someone got so upset, he demanded that I delete the post or he would report it to the administrator. I wound up deleting it.

The situation left me with questions. How do we offend people and can we express ourselves without offending others?

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“Do work that satisfies you…”

"Do work that satisfies you..." except from a 1990 journal

I always find the most interesting things when I clean the garage. The image above is from a fragment of a June 1990 journal I wrote for my soon-to-be wife Elizabeth. She was frustrated by the job she had at the time and asked for my advice on how to deal with it. I was seven years into my career at that point and had been promoted to supervisor at AST. I gave her what I thought was my best advice, but does it still hold up after 25 years? Here’s what I wrote.

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We need more cute villains!

Tsum Tsum plush toy of the Prospector in Toy Story 2Warning: This post contains spoilers.

My wife bought one of those Disney Tsum Tsum plush toys at the Disney Store. These are Disney characters compressed into a pill shape for maximum cuteness. The Prospector from Toy Story 2 caught her eye. When she bought it, the sales clerk said, “You know, he’s the villain.” My wife replied, “I know, but this toy looks so cute.”

This got me thinking: Why don’t we have more cute villains, or at least more good looking ones?

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Why I’m not buying an Apple Watch…right now

What if that guy in Glengarry Glen Ross wore an Apple Watch?

“You see this watch…That watch costs more than your car.”

I consider myself a tech savvy guy, but I’m not an early adopter. The first personal computers came out in 1977, but I didn’t buy my Commodore 64 until 1983 — after the price dropped to USD 299. The Motorola DynaTAC was introduced in 1984, but I didn’t get my first cell phone until 1999, 15 years later. I got my first smartphone in 2012, 5 years after the first iPhone.

The first of any new technology is expensive, limited, and often impractical. The first automobiles were dangerous playthings for the rich. Early televisions were barely useful as furniture with tiny screens and limited programming.

All of this brings me to the Apple Watch.

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