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"Next time you hear an effective and affecting lyrics-first, narrative and nakedly personal songwriter like Billy Manas, just remember that this act of staying out of the way of the lyrics is a musical skill, not a literary one. Props where they are due." -John Burdick  Hudson Valley Almanac 

"Billy Manas has star power."  Woodstock Times

"Billy Manas is a very passionate guy who operates on many levels and all of this finds its way 
into his music." Poughkeepsie Journal

"You could say that Billy Manas gets straight to the point - his no-frills directness takes familiar songs and makes them his own - his locomotive acoustic guitar, exuberant harmonica, and road-worn voice are the touchstone of a seasoned troubadour."  Paul Higgins WKZE

Your Achievements Don’t Define you…But Mine Do 

Photo by Alejandro Alvarez on Unsplash

I have seen two TED talks, read 21 blogs and listened to five podcasts that all had the same somewhat self-righteous theme: we are so much more than the sum of our achievements. While I totally get the sentiment, for me there is something different going on. I, for one, am defined by my achievements — especially right now, at this point in my life. I wake up every morning and exercise, visualize and do affirmations. Then I read as many as twenty articles online…

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A Smudge Stick For Your Brain After A Run-In With Debbie Downer 

Have you ever found yourself in the unenviable position of wondering why you even called a particular person every time you hang up the phone with them? You know the ones I’m talking about, too. The ones who are so completely invested in making you feel a lot worse than you did before you spoke to them. These people are mysterious to me. I often wonder if they sit around their dinner table and boast about their talents to their significant others:

“You know who called me before? Billy. Yup, all excited about…

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5 Things You Could Be Doing Instead Of Internet Dating 

When I used to struggle with substance abuse as a younger man, there was this redundant theme that kept playing out over and over again. I’d swear off the lifestyle and try to live responsibly for as long as I could possibly stand it — and then, when I inevitably found myself returning to debauchery, I’d try to convince myself that “this time it would be different.” It was the most clear-cut definition of insanity that one could find — doing the same things and expecting different results.

I was fortunate…

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How To Love A Porcupine 

Yesterday when I was driving my very young daughters back to their mother’s house, the older one began a tirade of everything that her three-year-old sister does to make her angry. As I listened to her create this detailed list of every transgression that her little sister committed, I had to interject. I explained that her mother does things that make me angry also, but I still love her when all is said and done.

“Don’t use me in your examples,” their mom said later that day.

This was typical. I never…

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The Best Cure for an Emotional Hangover. 

We are experiencing some tough times lately. Instead of allowing it to eat us alive, we can follow the advice of the great teachers: Pema Chödrön, Brené Brown, Charlotte Joko Beck, and Dr. Wayne Dyer.

5 Ways to Improve your Stamina in the Bedroom. 

I’ve done the research! I’ve spoken to the trainers! I can tell you right now which daily exercises will give you incredible bedroom stamina and help you to become the lovers you’ve always knew you could be:

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