Category Archives: Personal Development

10 Reasons Why I Like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Since April 2013 (with a month away due to a neck injury) I have been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at Street Sports in Santa Monica. I came into the school out-of-shape and ready to learn, and so far I am … Continue reading

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How to Begin Your Research

[a printable .pdf of this article is available here] As a librarian working in an area surrounded by educational institutions of all levels, I am often approached by students looking for help in beginning their research. It is surprising to … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Leader

When the editor of Gary’s school newspaper graduated, Gary became the editor because there was no one else who knew as much as him about running the paper. When no one volunteered to lead a committee at Cindy’s workplace, the … Continue reading

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The Optimist – A Simple Story

There was once a middle-aged man with a large golden bald spot peeking out of his grey hair. He called it his “mind’s egg,” let people rub it for good luck and joked about its sheen. He was an extreme … Continue reading

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Protected: Giving Things Up (an argument in-progress)

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Why I Became a Vegetarian

Why I Became a Vegetarian It’s been several months now since I became a lacto-ovo vegetarian. For me, there was no easing into it, one day, I simply decided to go cold turkey. Haven’t eaten meat since (though there was … Continue reading

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How to Exit a Rut

How to Exit a Rut, (by a person who is in one) Here’s a small disclaimer before I start: When I say I’m in a rut, it doesn’t mean I’m not doing things. I get out of bed, I finish … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule is Wrong

Everyone in the western world knows the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you want to be treated,” or “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Now, I’ve been a follower of this rule for most of … Continue reading

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Nothing will Happen!

A notable realization came to me after I woke this morning. It isn’t a surprising one, and I suppose I’ve known it for years, but it really struck and motivated me this morning; it gave me the inner joy and … Continue reading

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The Break-off Point (p2)

This is part 2 of the Break-Off Point. I have the most hesitancy about this one, especially with regards to the end. — Living conditions socially will be different and may be difficult since essentially the break-off point entails becoming … Continue reading

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