• Self Improvement

    Johnny Listened

    The art of listening. Johnny Carson, the King of late night for almost thirty years, as I was growing up, was famous for two primary things. One was his comedy monologues, and the other was his interviewing finesse. Of the two, even he admitted when a joke did not go well. Sometimes that’s what he turned into a successful monologue, a bad joke. He knew how to turn a “bomb-o” into a hit. While his monologues may have had one or two misses, you never hear anyone say that about his listening skills. Instead, you hear how he always made his guests look good. How he could be as interested…

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    Vacation Plans 

      A vacation, it’s what most Americans dream of, but fewer of us are taking them. Why are they important? There are many reasons, but I’d like to focus on three. First everybody, at some point, needs to regroup mentally. The cares of this life can, at times, be overwhelming. The ability to unplug for a few days functions almost like a reboot on a computer. Second, whether it’s a staycation, (time off at home), or a trip, your body could use the rest. You work hard everyday, between commitments at your job and at home, you could use the break. Time off isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity, just as…

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    Tech Troubles

      Tech troubles, we live in an age where many are intimidated by computers, smart phones, and tablets. At the same time, it opens up a whole new adventure for others. I believe the main difference is twofold.   The first is that it can be intimidating. Computers can be confusing. The people that I know, who face the frustration, want technology to just work. This is something we all can understand. To them, it’s only reasonable, that it should be as reliable as a coffee pot. For all of its advances, it still has a ways to go before that is the case. However, that shouldn’t rob anyone of the…