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About Being Jealous …

Jealousy and Flirtation - Haynes King 1874 WIkipedia“Jealousy is the very reverse of understanding or sympathy, and of generous feelings.  Never has jealousy added to character, and never does it make the individual big and fine.” 

From the essay “Jealousy:  Causes and a Possible Cure by Emma Goldman
Image:  “Jealousy and Flirtation” by Haynes King (1874) via Wikipedia

Not that I ever have a problem with jealousy.   Well, except maybe  …

... When someone else receives the promotion I should have had.

… On reading about another person winning Powerball, while I stare at my piece of worthless paper bearing my “lucky” numbers.

… As I watch all those supremely happy people posting away on Facebook or LinkedIn, each apparently enjoying a far superior quality of life to my own.

… In traffic, as I wistfully or even angrily watch the folks in the other lane zoom past our stalled and overheating vehicles.

… In a meeting, while listening to or reading someone else say what I was thinking.

Okay, maybe I’m a little jealous sometimes.

The questions I face after admitting this include:

“What will I do to move from jealousy to action?”

“What will I do to accept and not to envy?”

“How will I help myself understand the difference between acting and acceptance?”

If I get busy acting to change things I can, learning to accept things that I can’s change, and making darn sure I am not trying to change things I cannot or accepting things I should not … I may just not have time for jealousy anymore.

Making a distinct nod to Reinhold Niebuhr this fine Autumn morning in the Heartland ….


Click for the complete text of Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer - especially if you do not know it past “... the wisdom to know the difference.”

For a slightly different take on the theme of Jealousy, check out these YouTube videos:   Hey Jealousy by the Gin Blossoms and Jealousy by Natalie Merchant

“I’m a Carrier . . . “

Confession: I want to be reincarnated as a stand -up comedian.


I particularly idolize John Pinette who is one of the funnier comedians working today.  From his use of memorable phrases, such as “cherubic-like demeanor” and ” . . . but I say nay nay” to his awesome ability to make us laugh at his very skewed take on his own rotund life, I find much at which to laugh out loud.

A recent bit has John describing his unique approach to personal fitness and weight control.     In one scene, John describes how his gym visits have negatively affected trainers, “gym rats“, and other folks just trying to lose a few and tone up a little,  and ends with “I’m a carrier.” Continue reading

“Twas Brillig” . . . Thoughts on Learning Stuff

My First Thought:

If you want a clear-eyed analysis of how social media is affecting learning, read “The Twitter Trap”.   Bill Keller provides an excellent critical statement of the “dark side” of using social media.  In his article, Keller touches on the shift from learning, knowing, and being able to show that learning through recitation and computation, to what I would call “disposal knowledge, where we look up and use information without actually absorbing and retaining that knowledge..

As a social media person, I was tempted to defend our honor against this savage attack.  My only problem was that Keller is essentially right.  When the computers are down, the cash registers silent, and the heat is on, too many of us say “I can’t do anything without my computer.” Continue reading