Saturday, November 30, 2013

Opinion: Making Thanksgiving For Everyone

Thanksgiving is considered an American holiday. And many would argue it's one tainted by a less than honorable past. In light of how "breaking bread" with the local indigenous people who essentially helped the first Pilgrims survive the harsh winter in a new land, and they later turned around and nearly drove them to extinction (along with the herds of buffalo), it's easy to see how some people fail to find a reason to celebrate the national holiday.

BUT, I honestly think that we can salvage the holiday and even make it go international.

Of course, we will need to separate it from it's checkered past and scrape away the fluff and commercialization that often gets attached to any reason for retailers to make a buck.

If you get to the root of the holiday, and really think about the name, what you get is something the entire planet can agree on. We all have reasons for "thanks giving". That is, reasons to be grateful for what we have, who we are and for being alive. And that's not just limited to America.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dating: Clever Profile: Zombie Dating Method

Everyone loves to laugh. And smile. Just read the first few lines of roughly 85% of the on-line dating profiles out there and they will tell you so themselves.

But it takes a little more ingenuity (and finesse) to have the kind of humor that gets the people who are reading your profile laughing. That's when you know you have a real comedian on your hands.

While there is nothing wrong with writing a standard profile, some people find they get more attention (or attention from different viewers) with a different tactic. If you're witty, timely, clever and honestly amusing, you can never go wrong with humor.* (only try this route if what you are writing won't come across as crazy or plain dumb.)

As someone who helps people write their on-line profiles, and as someone who has browsed hundreds of profiles over the years looking for an actual relationship, every now and then a really entertaining profile jumps out at me. One where the author of the profile has a funny style... and I mean that in the best possible way.

Just a few days ago, I stumbled across this profile and found it entirely engaging and wonderfully creative.  I messaged the guy and asked if he minded if I posted his profile on my blog and he agreed. So for your viewing pleasure, have a look-see:

(Click on the picture to enlarge it.)