Posts Tagged ‘Advice’

That’s Pretty Good Advice

February 22, 2018

Today’s Tip From My Son:

If you have a dog in your house, never step on anything brown without turning on the light first so you can see what it is.


“Why Am I Typing?” Would Also Work

February 12, 2018

As a rule I’m not a big fan of motivational speakers, but I am a big fan of accepting wisdom where I find it, so the idea behind W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Talking?) really appeals to me.

Fun-Weird Is Fine, Just Not Weird-Weird, Okay?

December 22, 2017

However you chose to observe/celebrate this time of year, my advice is whatever you do, unless it’s your deliberate intent, don’t make it weird.

Still Not Feeling Chatty

October 3, 2017

But I will say this, if you want to be a good person, not making things worse in the wake of a tragedy is a good skill to cultivate, and cutting back on the insults is as good a place as any to start with that.

Parting Advice From (And For) My Son’s Kindergarten Class

May 22, 2017
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.
 Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Something I Heard Myself Telling My Son Today

September 9, 2016

If you can’t do it yet, that’s fine, just keep practicing, but it’s time to make a different mistake now.

I Learned That The Hard Way

March 18, 2016

I couldn’t help but notice that, save for one exception, the silence which followed yesterday’s post was particularly . . . let’s call it “deep and wide.”

That’s okay.

To be clear, I’m not proud of the times when I start to crave conflict, but trying to delude myself that craving never exists in me would leave me ill-prepared to appropriately deal with not only it, but the situation which spawned it.

Just Walk Away . . . Or Fly If That’s An Option For You

March 14, 2016

Son, there are many examples of how Nature tells you “Do NOT touch,” the quills of the porcupine, the warning rattle of the rattlesnake, the offensive spray of the skunk, and so on.  If you pay a little attention, oftentimes you’ll be able to see similar signs with people.

For instance, the girl whose answer to the question “Where is your favorite place to spend time with someone to get to know them?” is “On his private jet . . .”

A Bit Of Advice From The Darkroom

January 14, 2016

(I mean in the photographic sense.)

Somebody pointed this out to me the other day, and though darkrooms are few and far between these days for most people, the general advice is worth passing on:

If somebody knocks on the door while you’re working in a darkroom, don’t say, “Don’t come in!” unless you want a bad sitcom “Come in?  Okay!” moment.  It’s too easy for the person outside the door to not hear the word “don’t,” and “come” and “in,” together and separately, sound like invitations.  Instead say, “Stay out!” or simply “No!” to be as unambiguous as possible.

That’s pretty good advice.

Just Take It Bit By Bit

January 11, 2016

If every little (good) bit helps, then it only makes sense that every little (bad) bit hinders.  When trying to make changes, neither dismiss the little victories, nor discount the little defeats.

And either way, do better next time.