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14 Things I Learned in 2014

In no particular order…

  1. How to use a table saw and miter saw.

  2. That I’m allergic to saw dust.

  3. Numbers can be manipulated; story wins every time.

  4. Sometimes, the people you least expect are paying attention do.

  5. On perception in social media: those outside of us see only the best, while (inside) we dwell on only the worst. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle.

  6. If you want it done right…find someone who does it every day for a living and pay them.

  7. But if you want it done meaningfully—complete with mistakes and lessons and moments of “look how far we’ve come”—do it yourself. (The tricky part is knowing the difference.)

  8. All the Harry Potter books, totally worth the hype.

  9. Just because you haven’t experienced something doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

  10. Happiness does not mean a lack of sorrow. Sorrow does not mean a lack of happiness.

  11. From a reading with Maaza Mengiste: “We connect the dots and find the gaps, the lacks in the story. That’s where fiction starts.”

  12. The best part was not the book that launched; it was the people who celebrated it with me.

  13. That my very first memory is the same, yet completely different from what I’ve always thought it was. That they call memories recollections because they change as we remember.

  14. Ignore the signs: jump in the bounce house anyways. Grown-ups, especially, need this.

Note: any posts published before Dec. 2017 were previously lost and then recovered when I switched web hosts. Though the posts were recovered, the comments were not.

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