When I was a kid, I learned how to play poker by watching the weekly Saturday night game played by guys from the volunteer fire department. They just played for fun, but they did have a $2 per game ante to keep people from playing lazily or outrageously. Even a little skin in the game keeps it more honorable and interesting. Recently, a writer friend suggested I tag a small charge onto the more controversial topics I write about. This way, the reader has a bit of skin in the game too. It’s kind of strange writer/reader relationship when one is being laid bare, and the other has nothing at all to lose.
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