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Okay, I’m messing around with words in the title. I borrowed a phrase “Right Effort” from an ancient text called the Digha Nikaya. The quote I’m referring to states, “Right effort is that which will create the necessary conditions for the mind to be focused, allowing clarity and concentration in  order that you may achieve completion in your task.” Creating clear concentration is difficult to...

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How can negativity make it easier for you to write? How can negativity make it easier for you to write? Good question! When I’m doing a simple task, it’s easy to fall into negativity. Take this morning, for example. I had a great breakfast, but when I was doing the dishes, I had a host of negative thoughts about having to clean up the mess. No, I’m not Mr. Macho guy who can’t bother with doing the dishes. At...

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Hopefully I got your attention with that title. I’d like to tell you a little story I once read to illustrate a good strategy for how we should write. Long ago during springtime . . . Long ago during springtime there were two monks walking from one mountain monastery to another. They were good monks who had followed all of the rules of their order, including the rule of celibacy. The vow of celibacy was easy to follow in the...

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If you watched the old Star Trek shows, you are probably familiar with the phrase “Resistance is futile,” from a nasty race of hybrid humans/machines called “The Borg.” They were bad dudes. The counter for resistance being futile, as I have learned in teaching and tutoring, is the very human response: “Resistance is natural.” “Resistance is natural.” Every time we make a decision we have...

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Professor Conrad and Gracie Lake discuss how to write.  Writing is about making a connection–determining what your thinking has in common with your audience. It can be as simple as starting out with a common geographical area. “Yes, I’m from Chicago too,”  or “I love living in Southern California,” or “I worked up north in the cold country.” Anything works as long as it is a real...

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