Life 101

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When I was an undergraduate taking classes with Abraham Lincoln, relatives would ask what I was going to do with an English major.  Now, I don’t expect you to believe that part about Lincoln, but if you have humanities majors in your life, I bet they have encountered that old question. Americans are people who generally want results.  Well, here’s a result that those of us in the humanities can point to proudly.  Reading or writing…

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Stories and Questions

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I will ask from the outset for your forgiveness for the two things I’m about to do. The first is that I will tell you a story about myself, instead of something you might rather hear about. The second is that I will tell you a story without an ending, and in fact I will ask that you determine the ending for yourselves. Someone said to me recently that I have lived several lives, and…

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Fail Faster!

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I was brought up by people who viewed failure as something to avoid at all cost. Now here I am urging college students to seek, experience and embrace as much of it as possible. And in the video production classes I teach they get plenty of chances to do just that. From the time they learned to read and write many of these bright youngsters have only known academic success. No, they haven’t aced every…

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The Narrative of the Olympics

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The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has come to an end. Now, what am I to do with my newly found expertise on extreme snowboarding? I very much appreciate the athleticism of the Olympic participants. It is mind-boggling to consider the hours, days, and years the athletes have dedicated to sharpening their talents on the slopes or on the ice. But what I really love about the games is hearing the stories of courage, perseverance, dedication,…

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