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How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons | How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons

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Jun.16.2010
“What do you get for the man who has everything?” People often ask me this. My view is, if he has everything, the best thing you can do is get him nothing. I think everyone should concentrate on giving gifts to the rest of us, since we don’t have everything. And really, the man who has everything...
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Mar.25.2010
Video games, you may have noticed, are big. Entire generations have been lost to video games. A recent Congressional report on the alarming amount of time Americans spend playing video games was cancelled when the aides responsible for producing the report became addicted to EverQuest II. There is...
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Mar.15.2010
Have you ever noticed the extraordinary amount of attention we pay to one another’s business? I don’t really know where all this interest comes from—maybe back when we were hunter-gatherers it was a matter of survival that we kept an eye on what the other members of the tribe were up to. Maybe...
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Mar.01.2010
“To tweet, or not to tweet—that is the question.”—William Shakespeare “Around eighty-seven tweets ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”—Abraham Lincoln “A new commandment I give unto you:...
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Feb.26.2010
Yesterday I realized about halfway through the morning that I had forgotten to wear a belt. This was the second day in a row that I had neglected to put on my belt, a standard item of my very simple wardrobe. Also, my fly was down. I often discover that I am not fully put together partway through...
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Feb.18.2010
Hi. My name is Sam and I am a candy addict. God it feels good to say that. I think I’ll have a piece of gum to celeb—No! Let me start over. My name is Sam and I am a candy addict. I roam the HarperOne offices (I work there, so I do have a reason to be roaming around), searching, always searching...
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Feb.01.2010
San Francisco, February 1 — While America slept, complacent in our belief that we were safe, the enemy returned to our land. At first we did not want to believe it was true. We saw the shadows in our windows, heard the flapping of wings, but unable to face the truth, we continued on in our happy-go...
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Jan.28.2010
First there was language. Than there was agriculture. Then there was toilet paper. And now there is the iPad. Introduced yesterday at Apple headquarters by Steve Jobs, Leonard Nimoy, and the Dalai Lama, the iPad presents humanity with a choice: do we stay in the forest, hanging from the limbs of...
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Jan.25.2010
We here at the Daily Sam have been advised by our Board of Directors—which consists of anyone who will listen to us for longer than two minutes—to post new editions of the Daily Sam blog on a regularly-scheduled basis. As a result we have decided that going forward the Daily Sam will be published...
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Jan.22.2010
I am weary of listening to people bicker. I am tired of being exposed to the infighting of the famous, infamous, and the powerful. I feel like I am being drenched in spittle daily as television and movie producers and stars and claw at each other. Family tragedies are served up as entertainment...