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If We Were Graded on Our Ability to Read People, We’d All Earn an F-

The sentences charge out of Dan Jurafsky’s mouth as if he’s worried he’d drop dead during his own lecture, missing his final opportunity to share the world’s best-kept secret. He’s the kind of presenter who makes someone like me wonder what he ate for breakfast because, if I had a fraction of that spunk, I […]

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What does your to-do list have to do with happiness? Just about everything.

Way back in my 20s, I never used a to-do list. I just remembered everything. But then two things happened. 1) I got older, and my memory became a lot less reliable. If you’ve ever lost a year or more of sleep due to a crying baby, are 40+, or are experiencing the massive fluctuations […]

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He Complained About Privileged People. Then I Realized I Was One of Them.

I sat with my son who was sipping a hot chocolate drink that was loaded with four different kinds of sugar. My drink was one of those gourmet herbal teas: premium-organic-white-rose-petal-citrus-joy-berry-Himalaya-peace something or other. We were sharing a brownie that the barista had warmed for us. Jazz played quietly. It was Ella Fitzgerald and Louis […]

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15 Thoughts on Growing Old

There are people who will tell you that you are only as old as you feel. These are the same people who swear that you are not 40+ years old, but rather 40+ years young. They are forever saying things like, “Aging is a state of mind.” All I can say is this: Those people […]

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