Tag: Advice

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Yes, my friends, it is once more time for our furriest advice columnist to come out of hiding and do her thing. Tired of all your advice coming with that human perspective? Well, this is your chance to get advice from a more advanced being: Miss Gráinne O’Malley. More

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Quote of the Day: Fathers and Sons

 

“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” – Charles Kettering

I worked as an engineer for many years before shifting into technical writing. I have three adult sons. All three are engineers. I did not advise them to be engineers. I advised them to follow the careers that would serve them best.

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There may be as many ways to write a novel as there are novels. Some are entered into carefully by the author, with a tightly-interlocking plot or set of sub-plots developed before the first word of the text is written. In others, the author has nothing more than a vague notion or an opening line […]

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My decades-old beloved workhorse, my Maytag washing machine, is finally deceased after years of loyal service. [sob] Our repair guy says the way to go is a Speed Queen, for American-made reliability and endurance in a top load agitator. I know you people will have lots of opinions that can help me decide what washing […]

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I would like to solicit the assistance of Ricochet’s former and current law enforcement officers on the matter of avoiding being by a police officer. Now, I know that you are honorable and dedicated members of law enforcement with the experience to tell when it right to use lethal force. Unfortunately, citizens don’t have the […]

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Ask Amelia: St. Valentine and the Interns

 

People of Ricochet, I am back. Just in time to sort out your love lives in the two weeks we have until Valentine’s Day.

Dear Amelia: I have two darling interns — bright, beautiful, all-American girls in the young leaders program at the Heritage Foundation. They want to balance careers and start families but can’t find life partners in this city. I want to protect them from Tinder and shield them from the late night spots and a decade of dating around, wasting their time. Basically they are me 10 years ago. What advice should I give them? — (Trying to be) Helpful on the Hill

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We have had any number of advice columns show up over the years here on Ricochet, but I have noticed they have taken a distinctly human perspective. Therefore, I have asked a non-human friend if she would be willing to take a few questions and give advice here today to get us away from our […]

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The following is the text of an e-mail I wrote to my daughter who, as many of you know, works in law enforcement and is applying to become a State Trooper like her father, who died in the line of duty in 1996. She has been having a tough time coping with the way the […]

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If there ever was a time to help a fellow Ricochet member in need, this is it. Here’s the description for the new group: Do you forget the punchline of your story when Troy Senik moves to your end of the table at a meetup? Do you ever blank out on your own name? Do […]

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Yes, I’m going here again. If you missed the first time, go here, or don’t. This is how it works. You ask for advice. I’ll dispense advice. You ask a silly question, I’ll give a silly answer. You ask a serious question, I’ll give a serious answer. I’ll do the best I can, but you […]

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Friends, you all know about advice columns. Well, it’s time the Ricochet Member Feed had one. A fully-interactive one, at that. And from a gray-bearded curmudgeon. Because advice from someone who has a picture with the column that looks as if he or she is twelve years old somehow just doesn’t cut it. So, here’s […]

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I’m considering buying my first rifle, and seeking recommendations. It need not serve all purposes. Rather, my main goal — as an adult student — is to buy the best tool for learning. That is, not just only learning how to handle a rifle, but also how to break one in, maintain it, understand its […]

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I just stumbled onto a deal for a table saw and I’m wondering if I’ll be satisfied with it. I currently have a Grizzly 10″, 3HP cabinet saw. I’ve used it for 15 years and am quite satisfied with its performance. Safety is another matter. Despite being a slow learner, I have figured out that […]

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It seems like it’s advice season! So here’s my advice to Ricochet after the Nevada/South Carolina contests: get Brandon Finnegan of the Decision Desk to come on the flagship podcast. But don’t take my word for it, listen to the man with the crystal ball: More

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The Five Files: A Different Way to Think About Job Searching

 

career-changeOver the years, I’ve helped a lot of people write their résumés and cover letters. Not one of them enjoyed putting them together. It’s a lot of work. I once read an article about the steps companies should take to retain their favorite employees. The author pointed out that employees who left were most likely to do so in their first year. I laughed because I knew why: Those new hires had just gone through the job search process, their résumé and contact list were up to date, they were used to making phone calls, and they were used to interviews: “If I don’t want to stay here, I don’t have to.”

Let me give you some good advice based on having helped a lot of people with job searches.

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Ask Amelia: Happy New Year!

 

AskAmelia3This week, Ask Amelia is all about saying goodbye to this year and welcoming in the new. Since giving you that advice on Friday, my usual day, would be fairly useless (You need time to let it sink in, right?), this is coming at you early. Here we go…

I need advice on how to keep all the young ladies from jumping up on stage and trying to kiss me at midnight at my gig on New Year’s Eve (And don’t tell me to stop being such a studmuffin. That’s not an option).

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Ask Uncle Max: Schmuck, Putz, or Schlong?

 

Dear Uncle Max,

An old friend from New York was talking about a time I was cheated, and he said I got “schlonged.” Can you explain what that means? Also, why does Yiddish have so many different words for the same thing — schmuck, putz, schlong? How can I tell which one to use?

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