Author Archives: jstagner

Implied Negativity – The Misuse of Words

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on May 12, 2009. Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. Maybe it’s because I’m a word guy. Maybe it’s because I know when I’m being manipulated. I’m talking … Continue reading

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Read the Bill Before You Form an Opinion?

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on Aug 31, 2009. Obamacare, National Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Socialized Medicine – no matter how you say it, everyone’s talking about it, and almosteveryone has an opinion. On Friday, August … Continue reading

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Wordisms # 241 – Just Make It Up!

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on March 16, 2010 As a long-time lover of words and language, I’m both amused and disgusted by the popular trend of just making up new words as we need … Continue reading

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Wordisms # 581 – Infantilization??

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on April 1, 2010. This business of finding and declaring words invalid is a sticky one. So before I introduce you to the latest lame word of the week (it’s … Continue reading

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Leadership Class Intro

Note to readers: Articles on Leadership published here are for actual use in a leadership program I teach at my Martial Arts school in Salem, MO. I currently have 50 students, and growing. What is Leadership?

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Slow Down, Goldfish

It’s pretty normal for me to have several books going at once. I don’t know if it’s because I like a change in scenery now and then, or because I have the mind of a goldfish. Anyway, one of my … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Honest…

“I’ll be honest…” That phrase makes me cringe. When I hear those words, the first thing I think is, “Wait a minute – do you mean you weren’t already being honest? You have to tell me you’re getting ready to … Continue reading

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Life Skills Roadmap – All Roads Connect To Self-Esteem

When I think about my long-term goal with teaching life skills to kids, it is this: I want to develop in children an impenetrable, bulletproof self-esteem. I want to create a sense of self-worth that is so strong that they don’t need acceptance by their peers. Of course, Continue reading

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0-1nternet of Things, Where Art Thou?

For many who live on the cutting edge of technology, the possibilities that abound with the Internet of Things (IoT) are endless fodder for all-night conversations – or all day for that matter. Don’t believe it? Just pop into any … Continue reading

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5 Surefire Ways to Destroy a Child’s Self Esteem

Many parents are saying and doing things that can tear down their child’s self-image – and aren’t even aware they’re doing it. Continue reading

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