Posts by Rick Clemons

333: Uncloseted Riff and Rant – The fine art of PERMISSION

Have you ever found yourself asking for permission? Of course you have. The better question is, have you ever found yourself not giving yourself permission? Yeah! The permission to do something you really want to do. Or, the permission to say what you need to say. And better yet, the permission to make a mistake…

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My Perfect Abs Suck

It’s vacation time. As I write this, I’m in a Southwest capsule jetting at 35,000 feet and 500 miles an hour to Austin, for a brief stop, then onto Ft. Lauderdale. Funny how I’m stopping off in one of the most conservative states in the country (Texas) to land in Ft. Lauderdale, one of the…

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332: A Daughter’s Bold Truth – Stephanie Cenedella

Imagine coming into the world, just as your Father made a major life detour. His detour, one of shame in the world, was unbeknownst to you until the age of 13. By then, you’ve been socialized to believe that everything you now discovered your Father is, cannot be talked about in your conservative, church-going Iowa…

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331: Uncloseted Riff and Rant – The Annoying Demands of Perfection

Nothing is perfect. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. But we all know that, yet we pursue perfection and allow it to drive us batty. It’s such a waste of energy that could be put to better use. Which begs the question, “If perfection doesn’t exist, how could we better use our energy, than pursuing perfection?” Here’s two…

330: Making The Bold Move of Kindness – Jill Lublin

Kindness. At times it seems to be elusive. Especially in our world today. People from all walks of life seem more divisive and at odds with one another. Yet, how different would we all be, myself included, if we practiced more kindness, empathy, and understanding? It could be, and probably would be a completely different…

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329: Uncloseted Riff and Rant – Let The Unexpected Be Yo Friend!

I know the future, I never encounter anything unexpected, and I am fully in control of what is to come. Yeah right! But don’t we wish that were true? Alas, the unexpected is inevitable. So why do we fight it, cringe when it shows up, and then wail and moan as we deal with it…

Why I kept letting the unexpected eat my lunch!

I had a bully in grade school who always stole my lunch. Not the whole lunch, just the good stuff. Being a scared little boy, even though I was quite big for my age, I never stood up to the bully, didn’t tell anyone about the crap he was stealing, and was always surprised come…

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328: Bringing Hollywood Out of The LGBTQ Closet – Jason T. Gaffney

Imagine, in the land of imagination – Hollywood – that LGBTQ characters have leading roles that are never based on stereotypes. That the main conflicts of LGBTQ characters face on the big screen aren’t based solely on their sexual orientation. That female characters have roles that go beyond mother, wife, daughter, and/or woman-in-jeopardy. And, that…

327: Uncloseted Riff and Rant – 3 Simple Confusion Busters

I’m never confused. You’re never confused. We’re all never confused. So why do we need to call Confusion Busters? Because we’re all lying! And, we all hate being in a state of confusion. Or at least most of us do. Those of you who enjoy confusion probably also have a thing for getting dental work…

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