The Lowest Animal | Mark Twain

Note: The following essay was written by Mark Twain sometime around 1896 - 1897 (both dates are listed by various sources online); and...

How the “Selfie Phenomenon” is Re-Defining Beauty

I really liked this video (below), and it makes a very salient point toward the end: that social media (Internet/digital technology)...

A New Writing Experiment: Three Micro-Fiction Stories

One day I decided to experiment with micro-fiction (also called "flash" fiction, or "sudden" fiction), dabbling in the idea of conceiving...

Darren’s Homer | A Short Story

Recently, I gave myself another writing challenge: one night, while lying in bed, I decided to see if I could conjure a random opening scene: how about...

Amazon Isn’t Driving Publishers & Bookstores Out of Business; Authors & Readers Are

The idiocy of all this anti-Amazon crap makes my head hurt.... Seems there's another feud brewing in the publishing arena, this time...

Experiencing Happiness is More Important Than Winning

Winning Is Secondary Whenever I participate in games or sporting activities, I try to focus on the ultimate purpose of experiencing happiness and enjoying the...

The Benefits of “Chuckfests”

I no longer keep "stuff" around; if an item is no longer utilitarian to me, I chuck it, sell it, give it...

How the Internet Enables People to Transcend Political & Cultural Barriers

I really love how the Internet¬†and digital technology is showing us that people, all over¬†the world, are pretty much the same‚ÄĒregardless...

Reduce the Overwhelming to Micro-Steps & Get Started

Recently, I was reading a quick little article by Robert Locke, published over on Lifehack, entitled 10 Reasons Why Some People Are...

Are You an Optimist, or a Realist? The Pros & Cons of Optimism Bias

I find it fascinating: optimists are considered unrealistic, while realistic people are deemed pessimists. And everyone wants to be around optimists,...