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Story: I Only Have to Worry about Doing My Best.

This week’s video story: I only have to worry about doing my best.   It was a big relief to me to think — well, my friend is right, I don’t have to worry about being qualified. That’s the Justice‘s problem! It’s hard to explain why that made such a difference to me. All we can do is our best, …


Story: Preparation Is an Essential Part of Execution.

This week’s video story: Preparation is an essential part of execution. I didn’t plan this story for the last day of 2013, but it’s a great fit. For those of you thinking about how to make 2014 a happier year, taking the time to prepare and plan is an essential part of being able to execute your aims. I’ve become …


Story: Guess–Who Never Confuses Identical Twins?

This week’s video story:    I’m talking about One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned about Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular by my friend Abigail Pogrebin. I’ve always been fascinated (and a little envious) about the relationship between identical twins. If you want to learn more about the book, check out the book trailer …


Story: Am I Wasting My Youth?

This week’s video story:  Am I wasting my youth?   Of course, as an Upholder, I wouldn’t have dreamed of leaving the library to go to Toad’s Place. Plus, as I now acknowledge (though I didn’t then), I’m not very interested in music. Still, it was a memorable moment. I think that we too rarely ask ourselves these kinds of …


Story: What Some Folks Would Do (From Flannery O’Connor).

This week’s video story: “Well, them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do.”   This is the quotation I’m talking about, from Flannery O’Connor’s essay “Writing Short Stories,” in Mystery and Manners: I lent some stories to a country lady who lives down the road from me, and when she returned them, she said, “Well, them …