“Can I Buy You a Drink?” A Loaded Question
“Can I get you a drink?” seems like a fairly benign conversation starter, but when I hear it I know I’m probably about to offend somebody, or at least lose their interest. Do I owe them an explanation? Do you want to meet the alcoholics in my life?
Futurist: More impactful uses of Machine Intelligence (AI)
The impact of Machine Intelligence will be significant in many areas. Positive impact only - I include three positive impacts in this article!
Picture Perfect. Shiny Family
I am not an only child, but I remember wishing I was. It's probably for the best that I'm not though. A sibling is a partner in a crime. A sibling is in the foxhole with you. It's not a relationship you enter into by choice, but it still helps a great deal if you maintain it.
Writers in the Family: Nature or Nurture? Influences, Circumstance and Luck
Do you write? Do, or did, others in your family also write? Explore with me whether or not one's ability to write well depends on nature or nurture. What influences or circumstances make a difference? Is there an element of luck? Let's see!
You Can Be Anything You Want to Be When You Grow Up and Other Fairy Tales
What do we really tell kids when we tell them they can be anything they want to be when they grow up? Why are we guiding them to make career decisions as children? There is a lot to be learned from the so-called Great Resignation. Maybe we can start by doing better by our kids.
Relationships Require Hard Work and Sacrifice. Are You Strong Enough? Can You Handle It?
Contrary to what anybody tells you, love cannot survive without trust and intimacy. If you can't trust your partner, then it isn't real love. If you and your partner can't be close with each other physically and emotionally, then it isn't real love. Without trust and intimacy there is nothing.
It's Nice to Have a Friend: An Account of Friendships Throughout the Ages
I don’t have girlfriends like I used to when I was in high school and college, and that’s a shame. Where have the partners in crime gone? Have we all grown up? What's left?
Why Artificial Intelligence Is a Threat to Writers
The emergence of artificial intelligence has greatly affected the writing sector. Definitely, the future of writing will never be the same. Here is why...
My Winning a War with Mental Can'titis in Pursuit of Self-Advancement
Calling myself a "mental athlete", I was going through the same initial stage of inner resistance to change as any other athlete is facing at first. Here are some of the details about what was involved in that process.
Slainte - A Tale of the Highs and Lows of Service Industry Employment, and Why Everyone Should Experience it.
Everyone should work in the service industry at some point. It really shines a light on humanity and can teach you how to treat people. It can also make for some funny stories, and you'll most likely meet some cool people.
And the Academy Award Goes To... Mom
Some people have negligent parents, authoritarian parents, permissive parents, absentee parents. My parents are the best, but Mom has a flair for the dramatic. It's a sight to behold. And what I'm really looking for here is for someone to be on my side.
I Polish Up Real Nice: A Piece on Mental Health Comorbidity
At what point do eating behaviors become disordered? What does recovery from an eating order look like? How can someone really change? I've been there, done that. I have one of the most powerful monkey minds, and if I'm functioning, there's hope for anyone.
Immigrant Life In South Africa Marred With Xenophobic Attacks
Being an immigrant is tough, but I think it is worse in South Africa due to the xenophobic attacks which see many immigrants being beaten, burnt or even killed by locals. Immigrants are often accused of taking jobs that belong to South Africans. It's an everyday struggle.
How to Take Time to Transition to Life on the Farm
If you didn't grow up on a farm transitioning to country life can be a little different and lonely, but it's okay. Taking time to allow yourself to grow into and adapt to your new life are important for finding happiness out in the open country.
It’s me. Hi. I’m the Problem. Nearly Forty and Single.
The dating game is difficult. Being in a relationship is hard work. What are we all looking for and how will we know when we are happy? Satisfied? I certainly don't have all of the answers.
Something for a Husband Whose Wife Seems to Be Depressed
Even though you cannot and may never understand what she’s going through, you still try. You try, in so many ways, to love and care for her. To make her feel that she does matter, and she’s the most important person in your life, and all you care about is her happiness.
What’s in a (Southern) Name? Double-Barrel Names and Southern Identity
The double-barrel name is an important part of Southern identity.
The Astonishing Benefits of This 'Art' Will Persuade You to Take It up as a Hobby
How do you feel about reading and writing? Hmm...Sounds a bit boring, doesn't it? Well then, if that's what you think... You need to dive into this article - and explore the depths of reading and writing.