The Little Bastard That's Controlling You

You don’t know it but they rule you, and make demands all the time. You are at the mercy of a 4 year old...She is not happy with you and she knows how to show it. He routinely holds his breath ‘til he turns blue when he doesn’t get what he wants and he often doesn’t get what he wants. Who are these little monsters?

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Thomas Jones
We Forgot to Dream

I was a child of maybe four or five, and I'd seen a cartoon with a radio in it, and I decided that I was going to build one of my own. I was very excited. It didn't bother me a bit that I had no idea how a radio worked or what was in it. My passion was at a fever pitch. I located a shoebox and  found a bunch of tubes to put in the radio. I stuck an old saucepan through the box as the speaker….

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Thomas Jones
The Quality of Love

What exactly do you mean when you say “I love you?” or when you think, “We really have chemistry!” You’re not kidding. Love at first sight is translated by the Thalamus as a "desired chemical reaction”, a message which is then sent to the Amygdala, the core memory center. This creates a flood of endorphins and other neurochemicals, such as Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Dopamine, in the emotional center of the brain (the Limbic System). It happens in humans and it happens in tapeworms, so how did we manage to glorify this chemistry and enshrine it in some sacred space?

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Thomas Jones
ac·com·plish

Growing up, I was a competitive swimmer. Always on the team and often the captain, I lived for racing and winning. There was an enormous freedom in gliding through the water; it was the closest thing I could imagine to flying. As I progressed from team to team the emphasis slowly migrated from the joy of swimming to the need for winning …

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Thomas Jones
A Time Of Giving

The Santa Clowns are coming! Santacon is almost upon us. What a blessed time of the year. Revelers celebrate by travelling up and down Eighth avenue, stopping only to scream in your ear and puke on your shoes. Debt, suicide and depression skyrocket at this unique time …

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Thomas Jones
Gratitude

Thanksgiving is that strange holiday when you try to get just drunk enough to stand your friends and relatives and their idiot musings on love, politics and philosophy, but not so drunk as to draw scrutiny or invite conversation

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Thomas Jones
Resourceful States

You're late for work and you rush out of the house, only to realize after the door locks behind you that you've forgotten your keys. It starts to rain, unexpectedly. You step in a puddle …

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Thomas Jones
Sorry For Your Loss

They say death comes in threes: I've recently experienced the loss of a family member as well as a friend. Superstitiously, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's part of the world of grief. Grieving is a surreal state of mind. Everything is a little off, as though the world has turned 3 degrees to the left of where it usually is. I can't quite trust myself or my reactions or how I am showing up in the world.

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Thomas Jones
Toxic Potential

You’ve been cursed. You’ve been damned to a never-ending stream of criticism; doomed to feel less-than and not enough. A bar has been set that will never be reached, but always in view. The scoundrel doing this to you is your “potential”.

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Thomas Jones
Holding Space

Someone is crushing your spirit and strangling your hopes  and aspirations on a daily basis. They are judging you constantly and diminishing you deliberately. That someone is you! Let’s find out how and why...

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No Risk No Reward

A risk-reward analysis is a very simple tool that can help you assess the risk and reward profile of any endeavor in your life, personal or professional.

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Thomas Jones