Three simple rules

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The political “discourse” is making me sick. Here are three rules that apply to my blog and your comments — and ought to apply to any forum you participate in. Leave appearance out if it. Don’t criticize people for being fat, short, skinny, buxom, muscular, scrawny, blond, or old. Don’t draw attention to their baldness, … Continued

To break the rules, you have to know the rules

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Yvonne Mason, a former teacher, recently posted a picture of a letter she got from the president, with her corrections. This president prides himself on breaking senseless rules, including many grammar rules. It raises an interesting question: when is breaking rules an act of defiance that creates change, and when is it just laziness? Let’s … Continued

Which rules to break and when: a personal disruption guide

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Breaking rules is necessary, because if you follow all the rules to the letter, you’ll never accomplish anything new and original. Ironically, though, every piece of advice on the Internet — including my book and my blog — is setting up new rules  (“Avoid the passive voice! Build your personal brand! Floss!). So should you break the … Continued