The False Beauty of an Illusion

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il·lu·sionnoun. 1. An erroneous perception of reality. 2. An erroneous concept or belief. 3. The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.dis·illu·sion·ment noun. The act of freeing someone from an illusion, or the state of being freed therefrom.You have a serio ...
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The View From the Peanut Gallery

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The year was 1935, and an eighth-grade boy whose uncle had nicknamed him “Sparky” was doing even worse than usual. As though being a shy, friendless nerd wasn’t bad enough, Sparky struggled mightily in school. He flunked algebra that year. He also received an F in English and Latin. Astonishin ...
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The Unwitting Doctor of Death

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In the middle of the 19th century the obstetrics ward of Krakenhaus Hospital in Vienna, Austria was supervised by Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis.  In his role there he watched fully 10% of his patients die of “childbed fever” after giving birth.  Women in that hospital f ...
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Fake it ’til You Make It!

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One of the most renowned pianists of the first half of the 20th century was the elegant, mysterious Olga Samaroff.  She was the first pianist from her country to receive a scholarship to the prestigious Paris Conservatoire in France.  She would perform with the New York Symphony Orchestra and the ...
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It’s Never Too Late!

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Harlan was a loser.  He’d lost his Dad at the age of 5, and for the next 6 decades things only seemed to get worse.  He dropped out of school at 12, and hit the road at 14.  He worked as a streetcar conductor and farm hand and hated both.  At age 16 he lied about his age and joined the army an ...
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Winner by a Nose and a Prayer

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Steven Van Rensselaer was a go-getter by anyone's definition. Elected to the New York legislature at the tender age of 25, he was upwardly mobile, it seemed, from the womb. He served in his state's legislature, then the senate, then as Lieutenant Governor, and finally the U.S. House of Representativ ...
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Perspective is Everything

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Look at the two photos below.  The one on your left appears to be snarling and angry, while the one on the right seems serene.  Now, slowly back away from your computer screen while staring the photos.  When you get a few feet away from the screen, the photos will switch places ...
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WHY USE HUMOR?

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Often when I am asked to speak at a keynote or seminar, it’s because the groups and organizations believe that I can help motivate them into taking their lives and performances to new heights. But when you’re already in a negative state of mind, it’s often difficult to take guidance from someo ...
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How To Encourage Others (A VERY Moving Story!)

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Sister Helen P. Mrosla wrote this moving story years ago. It so moved me when I first read it that I’ve saved it for nearly a decade. Here’s my chance to share it with you, though I’ve shortened it a bit for time’s sake…He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary’s Schoo ...
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Teaching Toddlers About Attitude

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Every parent has struggled with a grouchy child.  The whining and crying can drive you crazy, not to mention the frustration of knowing that you’re being manipulated by someone one-fourth your size.  Here’s a technique to quickly transform that bratty child into one who’s smiling and laughin ...
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