Respect the Green Room: What the Stand-Up Circuit Teaches About Life

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You can make a few determinations about a comedy club by simply seeing the Green Room. It’s simple to evaluate things like: Is there an outlet to charge my phone? Does the TV work? Does the cable on the TV work? Is there an iron and ironing board?  Or what’s that smell?  Oh, it’s the baby! Ummm…Why is there a baby in the Green Room? This is probably not a great club.

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Consciously Curated: How to … Be a creep, despot or troll

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Expressive Egg: How To Be Creepy
Stare. Nothing says ‘creepy’ so much as a dry, fixed, glittering, inflexible eyeball. Set your face into a single expression, or one of a limited range, for long enough and the lines of your face will radiate the unsettling, the uncanny and the existentially repellent. ‘The inexpressive face is the mirror of a shallow soul.’ The cruder, less expressive, less nuanced the muscles of your face (particularly around the eyes), the more your face will take on the look of that creepiest of objects, the mask.”

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Consciously Curated: Hamilton, Hip-Hop & Mental Health and Scamming Twitter (Oh, and Marvin Gaye)

Photo by Gabriel Barletta
Photo by Gabriel Barletta

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Upworthy: History has its eyes on you, Mike Pence

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical,’ we really do. We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us — our planet, our children, our parents — or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.” 

Read Thinking Good’s Hamilton inspired take on the election: Thoughts on America, on this day

Just because:

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Welcome to Thinking Good!

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Photo by Jared Erondu

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman

Friends,

I’d like to introduce Thinking Good, a digital media community, that helps men be their better selves.

Thinking Good empowers men to be better husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, friends, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and thinkers. Not just for ourselves, but also our families and communities.

To get a sense of Thinking Good’s point of view, please check out this piece reflecting on the presidential election. Thinking Good draws on my roots in journalism, shaped by my service in government and guided by my experiences as a husband and father.

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