On some level, we all spend our lives waiting for opportunity. “I’m just waiting for my big break.” “I can’t believe how lucky he got. That guy gets all the breaks.” It’s as though opportunity is this giant metal claw, and we’re toys at the bottom of the carnival machine of life, each of us hoping to be the next lucky one to get snatched up to a better life.
But, this isn’t how opportunity operates. Whether you believe that God, Darwin, or just random blind luck is responsible, opportunity doesn’t just fall onto our lap and whisk us away.
Modern medicine can save our lives many times around. Yet, why do so many people mistrust it? Here’s the underlying problem with modern medical techniques.
While I was getting my dose of bandwagon football last weekend, I realized that the cornerback must be the most underappreciated player on the team. Now, since the typical Musings demographic is decidedly not a sports fan, and since most people are probably reading this for some diatribe on modern medicine, please bear with me for a minute….
Some people are vehemently against wearing leggings as pants. This is what they’re actually doing when they express their disapproval….
Raise your hand if you think it’s an outright crime of fashion to wear leggings as pants — as in, leggings with nothing else over them. If you’re like some people I know, you may be waving both arms in the air vehemently now. Well, I have a secret to tell. I think wearing leggings as pants is….
Some people love the spectacle of a public marriage proposal. But is it heartwarming? Or is it just porn for our romantic soul?
Have you seen this heartwarming marriage proposal that made its rounds over the internet last week? In case you didn’t watch the video because you’re at work… or have something better to do… or are an emotionless robot, basically, the boyfriend of a Chicago Bulls cheerleader wanted to propose to her….
How do you offer your condolences when someone who isn’t close to you passes away? Last week, someone I knew died. I’d known her for six years, but we were never close. Our one connection was a mutual friend who introduced us for business reasons. After we completed our brief professional relationship, I saw this woman only once again….
Just because you think you’re hot doesn’t mean that men will actually notice you. The following is an email that I received from a reader. I don’t usually publish the private messages I get, but the issue she addresses seems to be pretty common, so I asked her if I could post her letter (slightly edited for length) and my response (in its full fury) here.
The new school year started last week (*grumble grumble* year-round schedule *grumble grumble*). And as any teacher knows all too well, the few days prior to the start of school is chock-full of teacher in-service days. These are days when we get to attend meetings and learn all about the goals in education for the…
I love meeting new people. I’d like to think of myself as a pretty good conversationalist, and I’m well-rounded enough in my interests that I can usually make some sort of connection to a person I’ve just met. So yeah, meeting someone for the first time? Awesome. What’s not so awesome? Hugging someone for the…
When I was in high school, my best friend worked at a comedy club, so I got to see plenty of up-and-coming (and sometimes neither-up-nor-coming) comedians. The first time I went, I was blown away by the warm-up guy. Whenever any drunken heckler in the audience shouted out a snide comment, he came up with…
Happy Revenge of the Sixth, everyone. (You probably know May the Fourth, but I just learned about Revenge of the Sixth last week, so of course, I now have to use it.) I was five years old when I saw Star Wars for the first time. I’m pretty sure I nagged my parents to see it in the theaters at least 10 or 11 times. And no, I’m not exaggerating.