Tag: Advice

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Best Advice from the Best Advisor

 

Our group-writing topic for this month is advice, and I thought it only right to begin with the very most important advice that I or anyone else could give. It was, of course, given by Jesus:

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: The Queen of Advice

 

The most important piece of advice I can give you: don’t take my advice. It’s not that I give bad advice — at least most of the time. But I’ve spent the last 40 years trying not to give advice. Giving advice can be an obsession, and I’m trying to cure myself of it. Let me tell you why.

For most of my life, I thought everyone was entitled to my advice, whether they wanted it or not. So I felt free to offer advice for any number of reasons:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Advice to Republicans on Winning over Non-Republicans

 

So you want to be elected? Do you really? How’s about acting like it? If you must, fake it ’til you make it. Here are a few suggestions, for free:

  • Show up.
  • Listen actively and respectfully.
  • Act on what you hear.

Free is much less than Karl “The Architect” Rove charged, but we all know how his advice worked out, leaving President George W. Bush in the hands of Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid. Take a look at the latest State of the Union address, consider the many actions, words, and images that formed the basis of a string of accomplishments, and you might find a path to maximizing your chances in future elections, near and far.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Advice: Babies!

 

Seven months ago (no, not to the day, we missed our chance to gain a dependent on Independence Day), @kidcoder and I produced our first offspring, so here are a few brief analyses of common advice people give.

Sleep when the baby sleeps, do laundry when the baby does laundry, drive when the baby drives, etc.:

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It has been said that politics is show business for ugly people. If we extend that, then the State of the Union Address is somewhat like the Academy Awards for ugly people, although the host gets to do all the speaking and thanking. Like the award show, it has many applause lines, followed by applause […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Ask Arahant: Advice from a Kindly Curmudgeon, Volume III

 

@cliffordbrown went and made the theme for the month Advice, and what better time than now to revive Ask Arahant. Your kindly curmudgeon is ready once again to answer your questions, as was done here and here.

You all know about advice columns. 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 get what you pay for, and you aren’t paying for my opinion in anything but time and attention.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My Sage Advice Will Turn Your Sad Life Around

 

I know how you can be happy without your usual vain efforts to boost your spirits with Prozac and chocolate chip cookies…

1. Adopt a Dog: Hurry to the nearest humane society and adopt a medium-sized, non-barking mutt. You’re going to want to post a lot of photos of your dog on Facebook (or, if you’re a certain dog lover who shall remain nameless, on Ricochet), so don’t get a black one. They don’t show up well in photos. A mutt with its shots, an embedded ID microchip, and a city license will set you back about $200.

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So, I’ve been watching What’s My Line?, starting from the first episode and marching forward at 1.25 playback speed. There are all sorts of fascinating cultural and historical insights to be gained from this passtime. Which brings us to February. One of the low-frequency repeating “lines” or occupations is the “advice to the lovelorn” columnist. […]

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(1) Sit less. (2) Eat less. Preview Open

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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. Preview Open

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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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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