Randy’s blog — more than 700 entries — goes back to 1994. If you’d like to read through all of them, it’ll take you awhile — but you’ll be amply entertained. The first entry is here: Introducing My Blog, and there are links at the bottom of each page (above the comments) to get to the next entry.
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A Listing of ALL Blog Entries is here — the listing is long. Note there’s a search function in the navbar if you’re trying to find something specific. The following is a listing of the most-recent entries:
- Is It ‘Too Much’? - Does This is True (the Internet's oldest social commentary column) cover the pandemic TOO much? Well, no....
- 076: Leading Yourself Down a Path - Having vague, preconceived, and uninformed notions and, worse, acting upon them, isn’t just the opposite of Uncommon Sense, it can actually cause harm. How do you avoid that trap? Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast76
- Peak Stress - The lead story this week is mind-blowing …especially to me as a first responder and former deputy sheriff. Here, I go through the incident step by step to show just how fast the deputy had to react — and make a life-altering decision along the way.
- 075: Leveraging Thinking Tools - A profound bit of advice isn’t necessarily usable just for the situation it’s created for. In fact, that may be what makes it profound, because sometimes you end up with a nice tool for leveraging your Uncommon Sense. This episode offers a great example of that. Show Page: https://go.thisistrue.com/podcast75
- “Not Truth” - Obliviots can be incredibly predictable — even (sadly) the occasional This is True reader. You say you want an example. I offer Mark in Idaho.
- 074: “I’ve Learned to Never Give Up” - Previous episodes have pointed out that children can indeed have Uncommon Sense. So much so, they can truly contribute to society. So this week, I’ll tell you about Nora Keegan. She’s 14, and has been doing something extraordinary for five years now. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast74
- The Streisand Effect - Two recent This is True stories demonstrate the "Streisand effect," and this page brings those two stories together (plus a third from 5 years ago), and then leads to more commentary on the "effect."
- 073: The Missing Element - The medical profession is starting to realize that it’s been missing a very important element of patient care. It’s likely that you’ll be very surprised to hear what it is, but then when you think about it, it’ll make total sense — and you’ll be mad that you didn’t get it. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast73
- Big Bad Joe - The Comments I Get to include in the newsletters are often so hilarious, they sometimes beat out the stories in entertainment value. This week that obliviot would be Joe in Birmingham, England:
- 072: Not Perfect - 073: Sure, it’s cool to hear stories of famous (and completely obscure) people who exhibit Uncommon Sense. But there’s one other thing you need to know about every one of them: they’re definitely not perfect, and that’s important to know because neither are you. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast72
- The Return of Stella - I said I “should” have some news about the True Stella Awards “by late next month.” Then COVID geared up so I paused. I’ve now unpaused!
- 071: Taking It To the Extreme - Humans mostly pay attention to the short term. If we can lift our eyes and look much farther out, not only does that benefit us personally, but business leaders that truly have Uncommon Sense sometimes take it to the extreme, and their results, actual and still in the works, can be absolutely mind-blowing. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast71
- 070: Pushing for Better - Company owners aren’t just employers: sometimes they’re mentors who can change lives. My buddy Doc recently told me about his old boss, and his story illustrates what I mean very clearly. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast70
- Me and …Rodney King?! - I was a bit startled yesterday to learn that a well-known person featured in a This is True story was in fact aware that I wrote about him.
- Fixing Georgia - A story in this week’s issue needs a lot more room for explanation, not to mention a full-sized copy of the graph involved. First, let’s start with the story, from True’s 18 May 2020 issue:
- 069: A Link to the Future - When you really look into something that’s “obvious” and “common sense,” sometimes you’ll find that ...the “experts” are wrong! This is the story of a man who was pretty sure the industry experts were wrong about something, and boy did it take him a lot of effort to turn that industry around. But he did, because his Uncommon Sense beat their common sense. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast69
- A Just War - A story by True contributor Mike Straw this week uses a powerful quote as a tagline. Mike, a retired career U.S. Air Force officer, posted a Twitter thread about his research for the tagline, and it was so good I thought I’d have him expand his introduction just a bit so it can be posted ... Continue Reading
- Why My New Podcast Host is So Cool - Why I'm jazzed about my new podcast host: it's easier for you!
- 068: What Normal? - Everyone says they want to “go back” to “normal” rather than have the constant uncertainty of the pandemic. But what “normal” do we want to “go back” to? It’s time to think about a new normal — what do we want to go to as this craziness ramps down? (11-1/4 minutes) Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast68
- 067: Counterintuitive - An American company that makes masks and other PPE chose NOT to ramp up production to help with the COVID pandemic. That sounds like a decision to be criticized, but it’s actually an example of Uncommon Sense. This episode explores why (14 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast67
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