Love Locks Open

Love Locks Open

Fear drives the fearful to hide from false alarm. When driven to fear, some of us easily become bullies, threatening and harming those who are neither controlled by fear nor injured by what is feared. Yet, while fear-driven bullies seek to dominate, those without fear must take their stand.

It’s not bad to insist on living normally. When you do, bullies will falsely accuse you of bullying. To some extent, you can ignore words that spit venom without bite, but when people disrupt your normal pursuit of vibrancy, you must stop the bullies and those tho aid and abed bullying.  · · · →

Reversals

Reversals

What we expect can really hurt when it shows up in the wrong place, facing the wrong direction. Maybe it’s our uninformed, inexperienced instincts that lie to us about what’s coming. Maybe it’s our wishful thinking that clouds our reason. Just when we think a thing will happen, it doesn’t.

The aftermath—that’s the bite. We’re all set up, ready, prepped, primed, oiled, juiced, and waiting for what we are just so certain will come. Then, a surprise of nothing, then something we thought shouldn’t have been. It takes a lot of bites to learn which reversals will come next.  · · · →

badAd: New Ad Network

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It took nine months to create badad.one. While searching for any way to monetize my own blog, I saw how invasive many of the “best” advertising platforms can be. Most monetizing solutions weren’t that attractive. In fact, all of them were quite unattractive. I wanted no part.

Interestingly, I had been contemplating the very idea of a financially solvent news business. Newspapers used to make money. Today, they don’t. I even wrote about the whole issue of news solvency in my 2015 book, Know Each Other. Advertising and blogging have to work together or neither can work at all.

That was the light bulb moment! If ads and blogs go hand in hand, then ads should be like blogs and blog readers should be glad to read ads! We need ads that people want to find. The solution was simple: text ads.

Text ads load fast, are searchable, and get to the point… pun in tended, being that my weekly blurb is called “The Point”.  · · · →

Four Parts of Forgiveness

Four Parts of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is only hard when it’s needed. Forgiveness is double-edged: believing there is an offense while at the same time letting go of being offended. This requires maturity, nearly impossible; and it never gets easy. Our in-born tendency is to either beat people with their foolishness or forget that foolishness is foolish, acting like there is nothing to forgive.

Forgiveness changes people, nudging them to stop doing what what forgiven. If your own folly continues, then you haven’t been forgiven, maybe by yourself. It is hard to forgive others without forgiving yourself, and vice versa, because forgiveness is also two-sided.  · · · →