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How to be Funny

How to Get a RISE Out of Your Audience In Four Key Elements of Humor, we learned that a funny story begins with a crisis. Now we’ll talk about how to build on that crisis so your story will RISE … Continue reading

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How to be Funny

Four Key Elements of Humor* In Why Funny Matters we looked at the what of funny. Now let’s look at the how. First and foremost, comedy feeds on conflict, or at least the potential for conflict. It can be an … Continue reading

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How to be Funny

Why Funny Matters Whether you’re a writer, teacher, politician or mortician, this three-part series will help you be wittier–or I’ll refund every penny you’ve paid! My first career was about funny. I spent 13+ years in sketch comedy (Isaac Air … Continue reading

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A Filmmaker’s Journal

Getting to the Premiere! My new feature film Notzilla, an affectionate send-up of old monster movies, had its world premiere last week! Cast, crew and invited guests gathered at a vintage movie theater, to watch our dinosaur, a not-so-scary Notzillasaurus … Continue reading

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Journaling for Life

Part Two: How to Write a Life Journal for Present You and Future You (including suggestions on how to use fewer words than this subtitle does) I argued in Part One that the future benefits of journaling are at least … Continue reading

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How to be Cool

I’m not cool And neither are you How do I know? Because you’re reading this Which proves you want to be cool And cool people don’t care if they’re cool Which is what makes them cool No, wait come to … Continue reading

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My New Year’s Resolutions Post New Year’s Resolutions on January 1! Start preparing 2019 Resolutions now! Procrastination Procrastination, procrastinay-yay-shun Is makin’ me late Is keepin’ me everyone else waitin’ According to an article in Psychology Today, the number one reason … Continue reading

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More Sunshine!

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the relentlessly sunny Terri of Reclaiming Hope!  If that title has any resonance for you (and if it doesn’t, we need to talk) visit her. Keep rockin’ for the Rock, Terri! … Continue reading

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How to Draw Women

I draw lots of things. Mosquitos. Criticism. But women? Not so much. Dude, if I’d realized it worked like this when I was a teenager, I’d have paid way more attention in art class!

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How to be Free

Francis of Assisi got his first taste of freedom in a prison cell. True freedom lives, if we allow it to, inside of us. As a kid growing up in smog-strangled Los Angeles I heard a radio ditty about a … Continue reading

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