Murphy's Law

Dave Murphy
An award-winning columnist's take on generations and relationships, plus assorted blather.
Created 04 Feb 2021
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  • An idea suitable for framing
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    When life leaves you in the dark, a joke about two priests and a bishop might help you see the light. When a young priest asks if he can smoke why praying, his bishop says “Hell no!” (or something lik...
  • Conquering shyness (I think. Maybe)
    01 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    Before I became an idiot in public, I was a tennis player. Here’s an Instagram video of one of my early matches: I was a lot thinner in high school. A lot shyer, too. Not as hideously shy as I had bee...
  • Overworked? Think about chess
    17 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 4
    It’s a pretty simple question, until you try to answer it: Should you put in extra hours on your job, even if you’re not getting paid for them? Rebekah Sanders 🌵 @RebekahLSanders I spent my 20s and e...
  • Why Naomi Osaka needs a break
    10 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    This is not a celebrity crush and I’m not a dirty old man, but I really wish I could hug Naomi Osaka. Yeah, she has gobs of money and is better at tennis than just about any of us ever will be at anyt...
  • Don’t treat a setback like a loss
    03 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 2
    A college coach tried to convince her players that they never lost, but only suffered setbacks. Our student newspaper’s adviser wasn’t buying it — the coach never objected to calling wins “wins,” did ...
  • Don’t be the ‘but’ of a joke
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Someone will see those words somewhere and get possessed by a demonic history teacher, then methodically start to type, “Well, actually …” Don’t be th...
  • Embrace your inner ignoramus
    20 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    “You don’t know what you don’t know” is a sentiment that can be traced back to ancient philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates and Taylor Swift. Swift sang the line to put down a bully, but even brillia...
  • Here’s to life, even after death
    13 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    The Chronicle had a great story about a man named Joshua, whose girlfriend died of a rare disease at 23, and how he was still struggling to get over it eight years later. An experimental website let h...
  • One last time: Thank you, Simone Biles
    06 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Because my mind is weird, I kept watching Simone Biles and thinking about a line George Washington sang as he prepared for his farewell in “Hamilton.” “We're gonna teach 'em how to say goodbye.” Boy, ...
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