Four Down

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“The best arguments in the world won’t change a single person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.”

Richard Powers in The Overstory

H/T James Clear

We’re at the end of month four. It’s just dates on a calendar. Nothing magical happens at midnight tomorrow night.

My wife will be chaperoning the prom, but will hopefully be home long before midnight.

Don’t @ me, Karen, I’ll be working at the park.

True Story: Before we married, we chaperoned the prom at the school where she was teaching.

The theme was “This Could Be the Night.”

The Write Side Shop

Yeah, it probably was, but this was the eighties, how did that get past the censors?

I digress.

We’re a third of the way through 2022. Seems impossible, right?

But, here we are.

How are you doing with those goals you set at the end of December?

I’ve already told you the first couple of months had to be reset. I’ve made a little more progress in March and April, but I still have work to do.

Perhaps the most significant accomplishment, or perhaps it’s a realization, is that now, when a potential new project comes along, I don’t just jump at it. I’m more inclined to consider it a while before jumping right in.

And I’m learning the power of the word “no.”

Okay, so The 100 Day Project was an exception to that. But as I wrote recently, that’s been a learning process, and it’s stirring up some creative ideas for the future.

Hopefully the chilly nights are behind us and we’ll soon be asking “should we turn the air on?” instead of “should we turn the heat back on?”

And soon the pools and waterparks will be open.

I’m just glad that I’m up to Santa beach body standards.


American pianist, composer, and bandleader, Duke Ellington, was born on this day in 1899 (d. 1974)


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1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (d. 1951)
1917 – Celeste Holm, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
1918 – George Allen, American football player and coach (d. 1990)
1933 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2015)
1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
1951 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)
1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor, and producer
1955 – Kate Mulgrew, American actress
1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress



The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13:14


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