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Winning handwriting; turtles coming home safe
This hand-painted calligraphy on the bottom of this teacup really scratched an itch that I didn’t know I had. How does one develop hands that steady?
I bet this person is a real gun at that Operation board game.
The wrong descent..
Speaking of things that hit the spot - I really liked this video of a guy who leased space near the Gatwick airport just so that he could construct a sign that says “Welcome to Luton” (i.e. the neighbouring airport). What a scallywag.
The rich get richer..
This link is to a very well written article by Nick Maggiulli about the ‘rich get richer’ effect, which says that initial success - even small levels of initial success that later normalise - can, over time, lead to significant advantages.
For example, an entrepreneur with more luck than skill might have a hit-app early in their career, and then can then leverage that initial success into further successful projects. Others might idolise the entrepreneur’s skill and insight and other genius - when really their success was more due to luck and the ‘rich get richer’ principle.
But Nick uses stats and data and science and other brain-stuff to demonstrate the principle much better than I just did.
With that 20% initial advantage, the final market share increases significantly. What is even more amazing is that this advantage was only given in the first round and everything after that was left to chance.
Another turtle has made it into the water..
Check out these amazing photos from the 2022 Underwater Photograph of the Year Awards.
Come home safe..
I’m a bit iffy with some of the ‘new age parenting’ materials that float around these days. Articles spouting advice like ‘never use the word no’ and ‘let the child decide’ and ‘feed and water them every day’. Pfft! Kisha and I are trying to avoid drowning each other; we’re not striving for parenting awards. Keep your gold-standards away from us.
But I did enjoy this article. Because I think it makes sense. And also it emphasises what’s truly important - and how terrifying it must be when those hormone-fuelled meatbags leave the house without supervision, let alone get behind a wheel.
As if the words, come home safe will shield him and place a cover of protection over his car. Like an imaginary bubble that prevents other cars and objects from hitting him, or worse, if he hits someone else. I’m not sure why I’ve worked up in my mind that it would be worse if he caused the wreck. Fault or no fault, our car insurance payment will balloon but honestly, it isn’t about the money.
The older I get the more I realize that if it can be fixed with money it’s not a problem.
I used words of affirmation as I spoke to him just like I’ve done his whole life, but now, in this season, my words are different. Instead of, come home safe, when they were younger, I’d say, share what you have and when they did, “I’m proud of you.” As the kids grew, I’d say “care for one anotheror watch out for your sister.” When they entered middle school, “Be a leader” and then later, “Make good decisions” and “I believe in you.”
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