Free to a good home: A fun, easy plug-’n’-play best-seller kid-lit franchise.

What your kids need most from their bedtime story is what you bring to it even without the story, but you can bring the right kind of stories to your children even if no one has written them down in … Continue reading
July 2, 2017, 1:55 p.m.

Wealth is character: Seeing The Dutch Uncle Game as a thriving Multi-Level-Leadership network.

“Hey kid! Know any sociopaths?”By: Richard ElzeyI mentioned yesterday that The Dutch Uncle Game contains within it the means to build a kick-ass multi-level-marketing network. MLM has a terrible reputation in the U.S., so after consultation, I’ve resolved to call … Continue reading
July 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.

Laying claim to the land of The Dutch Uncle Game – which just might be everyplace.

Q: How do you tell a good leader from a poor one?A: Practice!Image by: Andrew KitzmillerThe Dutch Uncle Game is an expression of dominion over territory, and, hence, it is a game of appropriate authority – affectionately managing inclusion and … Continue reading
June 30, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

Cinderella’s memories of the zoo.

A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story October 22, 1996 Cinderella was in a snit, and who could blame her? She was an orphan swarmed by a family of strangers, accidental intimates, pushy and intrusive and unwelcome. And the most distant stranger … Continue reading
June 30, 2017, 3:52 a.m.

#ThriversEd is (also) a brand new (baby) media empire – and I have a project to commission.

I wrote that caption – and then… I had an idea…Yesterday in an image caption, I said: If #BlackLivesMatter, why has no one made an animated TV series out of the life and times of Frederick Douglass? When the #ThriversEd … Continue reading
June 29, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

The myth – and the menace – of the idea of the ‘ideal man.’

Bad news, kids. If there is only one The One – it ain’t you.Photo by: Tommy WongWhen you search for a new home to live in, you think you’re looking to select The One, the winner, the answer to all … Continue reading
June 29, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

Big things are made of little things. Sharing big ideas with little people will yield big results.

If #BlackLivesMatter, why has no one made an animated TV series out of the life and times of Frederick Douglass? When the ThriversEd content empire is big enough, we’ll do this – and do it right.If you’re looking for a summary the ThriversEd idea, … Continue reading
June 28, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

My dawning mind: Polyglots, Marxist mirth and further thoughts on satire.

Jokes can be made out of love or malice, but every joke is a weapon – even a love-tap. Who is satire’s victim? At whom is the weapon aimed?Photo by: Mike MozartI’ve been chatting on Facebook this early morning with … Continue reading
June 28, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

You say: “Everything is new to a child!” #ThriversEd says: “First impressions are lasting.”

Everything is new to a child? You bet. Better still, first impressions are lasting. It’s daft to teach bad habits-of-mind to kids by negligent default, but it is very wise to teach them how to thrive instead.Photo by: Chad Hutto“Everything … Continue reading
June 27, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

Can’t wait to find out about The Marshmallow Challenge? Hang in there. It’s worth it.

What do you plan to do when you win The Marshmallow Challenge?Photo by: Jim, the PhotographerThe Marshmallow Challenge is a very simple ThriversEd game, the classic psychological experiment turned into a group self-improvement praxis: Two or more kids compete, head-to-head, … Continue reading
June 26, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Wanna make it big as a Hollywood screenwriter? Just take a weed-whacker to every testicle you see.

“Hey, hey hey! Who’s your daddy?”Photo by: Mike MozartHollywood hates fathers. Who knew? Just kidding. It’s an evergreen story, one that comes up every 18 months or so: ‘TV dads are dopes, dupes and dumb-asses.’ This trenchant essay is based … Continue reading
June 26, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Education can deliver Splendor for all kids, not just a prosperous misery for the “lucky” few.

Life’s a dance. Who knew?Photo by: PICS by MARTYOnly two percent of American children, at best, actually benefit from all the education we throw at them. The rest are flowerboxed, in one way or another, somewhere along the gauntlet we … Continue reading
June 25, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Why would anyone play volleyball without a net? How PEAK performance leads to peak humanity.

Q: What do you get when you play volleyball without a net?A: Better.Photo by: Hanna NorlinI wrote the other day about ThriversEd as a “a wide-open volleyball-without-a-net experience.” If you can imagine playing volleyball without a net, what would be … Continue reading
June 24, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

A big-picture picture of Thriver’sEd: A talk-show for toddlers, stone soup with marshmallows.

What is Thriver’sEd? It’s a new way to play. Toddlers who master it will play better at everything – for life.Photo by: yorkdI wrote this morning about the PEAK scoring matrix, which is a critical piece of the Thriver’sEd idea. … Continue reading
June 23, 2017, 1:22 a.m.

Habituating peak performance: A quick peek at the PEAK scoring matrix.

How do you learn how to thrive?Photo by: Anne Berit HeggemI’m juggling a whole bunch of ideas I call ThriversEd, a sort of pre-pre-school curriculum for very young children – say 18 through 72 months, with the sweet spot being … Continue reading
June 22, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Prufrock’s honor…

There is worthiness, which is difficult; it can never be supplied by another, and it can never be faked. And there is worship, which is demanding; you can fake the virtues the worshipper worships, but you dare not falter. And … Continue reading
June 21, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

Bidding farewell to Shale with a bid for her immortality.

By yearning so relentlessly, Shale showed us all of life.Shale, léminence grise you see to the right, is dying as I write this. She’s been with us for 19 years, and in that time she taught me more than I ever hoped to know about … Continue reading
June 18, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Lies all the way down: Ventilating Uncle Willie’s Father’s Day funk.

“Hey, dipshit, if you want to lose your house and lose your family, to see your kids a third of the time if you’re lucky, to watch them spin out of control as they learn to pit the two of … Continue reading
June 17, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Fathering fathertongue: “The purpose of civilization is to prevent rape, to make the world safe for women and children.”

“Can you read the inscriptions on the buildings outside? This is M.I.T.’s way of honoring all the great men of science. Galileo, Kepler, Fourier, LaPlace. Aristotle, toward whom every branch of science must bow. Hundreds of names, some larger, some … Continue reading
June 15, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

For Father’s Day, sympathy for the trans-aborted.

“How can you live your authentic reality as a stuffed animal if you can’t be laundered? Are the trans-furry to be forevermore mislabeled as ‘Dry Clean Only’?”A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story June 18, 2015 “So here’s a question for you,” … Continue reading
June 14, 2017, 5:20 p.m.