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One Thing To Do, Sometimes, When Things Are Tough

By Michael Maddaus / June 5, 2020 /

Last week my daughter Maya and I drove to NYC to move her out of her apartment. She moved to Manhattan over a year ago with the excitement and anxiousness that any young person would have after graduation from college and finally striking out on their own. She lived in the east village, a funky,…

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How to Reverse a Blow Out

By Michael Maddaus / May 17, 2020 /

Have you had any blow outs recently? With yourself, something, or someone? Not the ones where you go into a hair salon and have them blow out your hair (which you can’t do now anyway). The personal kinds of blow outs. The ones where you have a temporary meltdown in your relationship with yourself, something,…

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Potentially Problematic Pandemic Peevishness

By Michael Maddaus / April 15, 2020 /

I have a Miele dishwasher. Who gives a shit you might be thinking. Or you could be thinking what a fool I am for spending so much money on a dishwasher (I would be in alignment with you on this). Well, in my opinion, you should give a shit because of the silverware tray. Keep…

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3 Steps to Smoother Sailing in Choppy Waters

By Michael Maddaus / April 2, 2020 /

Two weeks ago our internet service started shutting down at random times. One minute humming along, the next suddenly gone. In the past, in less complicated times, I have had to interrogate this problem over the phone with Comcast on a number of occasions. So, like a trained dog, I followed the algorithm burned into…

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This Could Be the Last Time

By Michael Maddaus / April 1, 2020 /

Given that I have a 65 year old body topped off with a full head of white hair, the thought “This Could Be the Last Time” has started to bubble up from my brainstem into my cortical awareness more often over the last few years, especially if I was doing something that I really enjoyed.…

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R2 Where Are You

By Michael Maddaus / March 31, 2020 /

Hello Friends:) I wanted to drop a note to share a story with you that I found really moving. I am enrolled in a speaking program called Heroic Public Speaking and as part of the program we watched multiple talks to learn the art of storytelling. One talk, R2 Where Are You?, was by Tig…

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Ground Hog’s Day Escape Plan

By Michael Maddaus / March 27, 2020 /

These days, with a bounty of coronavirus induced time on my hands, my wife and I linger more on our morning dog walks. With the arrival of spring in Minnesota nature is coming alive, oblivious and indifferent to the current plight of their human coinhabitants. Over the last week as my hand grasps the doorknob…

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Attention All Choices

By Michael Maddaus / March 25, 2020 /

Two weeks ago I had a plan. My future had an outline. I am a student in Michael and Amy Port’s Heroic Public Speaking grad school and I was scheduled to return to NYC in April for the fifth in-person session. Then I had the great honor to be invited to give two talks at…

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All Hands On Deck

By Michael Maddaus / March 20, 2020 /

There is a scene in one of my favorite movies, Margin Call, that rings true for these times. The movie is about the financial crisis of 2008 and how a math wiz at a financial firm discovers, in the middle of the night, before the rest of the financial world, just how worthless their holdings…

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