Life Lessons From My Father (And Others)

  1. If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing it right. (What this says about jobs not worth doing is unclear.)
  2. Always keep a tool handy.
  3. Always keep a med kit handy.
  4. Pay what you owe.
  5. Be willing to lend a hand, but don’t let others take advantage of you.
  6. Sometimes, you have to go through several people to hear the criticisms you really need to hear.
  7. Never accept anything blindly. Always ask follow up questions.
  8. Be thankful for what you have.
  9. But you can work to have more, if you really want it, and are willing to put in the time and effort.
  10. Just because someone is a minority doesn’t automatically mean they’re a good person, or that they’ll get along with other minorities.
  11. I am worth something.
  12. If you see something that looks like abuse, call it out.
  13. Tell someone if you’re having problems. Don’t bottle it up inside.
  14. It’s good to cry.




(Editor’s Note: early draft versions of this were published by mistake because of technical difficulties, and there’s no political writing this week on account of personal troubles.)



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