Jon Taffer on Moving Your Balls Every Day

Jon Taffer on Moving Your Balls Every Day

I was listening to Lewis Howes interviewing Jon Taffer on The School Of Greatness. At the 30 minute mark Taffer talked about how he deals with having multiple projects on the go: “You know, I wake up every day and I think to myself, I’ve got these twelve balls on my desk and each one is a project or something that’s important to me. And I have to move those balls every day. If I don’t move every ball I…

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Telling Timely Tales: Paulina’s Politic Deception In The Winter’s Tale

Telling Timely Tales: Paulina’s Politic Deception In The Winter’s Tale

Telling Timely Tales: Paulina’s Politic Deception In The Winter’s Tale By David Hurley A Presentation for the Shakespeare & Modern Authors Society 県立広島大学 September 2017   Introduction In the title of today’s paper I refer to “honest” Paulina’s deception in The Winter’s Tale as “politic”. I might just as easily have referred to it as a “pious” deception because the political and the pious are grafted together in The Winter’s Tale by the words and actions of Paulina in the…

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Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Opens Against A Saturnine Sky

Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Opens Against A Saturnine Sky

We are in the middle of the Hiroshima cherry blossom season right now. This year, the cherry trees have blossomed against a dull and saturnine sky. It rained last Wednesday, but the rain did not wash the cherry blossoms off the trees. All week the sky has been grey, obliterating the paschal moon. The surrounding mountains have been hidden in a veil of mist. The rivers exude moisture. This is the most leaden of Hiroshima cherry blossom seasons that I…

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The Daily Stoic: “You Don’t Have To Stay On Top Of Everything”

The Daily Stoic: “You Don’t Have To Stay On Top Of Everything”

In his book, The Daily Stoic Ryan Holiday quotes Epictetus’ Enchiridion 13a for the January 30th reading. In Enchiridion 13a, Epictetus writes, If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters – don’t wish to seem knowledgeable. And if some regard you as important, distrust yourself. In his commentary on this passage, Ryan Holiday comments: One of the most powerful things you can do as a human being in our hyperconnected, 24/7 media world…

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Shakespeare, The Tempest and the Masque

Shakespeare, The Tempest and the Masque

Shakespeare, The Tempest and the Masque : Prospero’s Insubstantial Pageant by David Hurley A Presentation for the Shakespeare & Modern Authors Society 県立広島大学 September 2016 In this presentation I will discuss Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the masque culture of the Jacobean court which is reflected in the heart of the play. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last “romance,” may be described as a pastoral comedy informed by a Neoplatonic idealism that also acknowledges within limits the necessity of Machiavellian statecraft for the realisation…

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Introducing My New Chess Training Blog

Introducing My New Chess Training Blog

Last month I launched a new chess training blog called easychesstips.com as a platform where I can turn my own engagement with chess into useful tips for beginners (who at least know HOW to play if not how to win) as well as more experienced elementary-to-intermediate players. Since my chess rating on GameKnot.com has been fluctuating between the 1500s and lower 1700s over the last couple of years, it might be reasonable to wonder whether I am really qualified to offer chess…

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