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Monday Mottoes – #79

One of the greatest turn-around stories I’ve ever heard comes from one whose work I don’t exactly admire, more due to personal taste than any lack of talent. Instead of focusing on her work, I admire her as a person of courage and tenacity, a woman who was once down-and-out and yet had a dream…

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An Intentional Lack of Style Identity

I have style, plenty of it. But recently, I’ve been thinking about my schizo style personality. All over the board. I’ve never met a style I didn’t like. Not that I would wear them all if it’s say, skimpy or grungy…. On the other hand, I could flip from preppy or professional/executive to bohemian or…

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Turning Around Constant Negativity

Stress, toxic people, poor self-esteem. There’s a whole lot of negativity and depression just waiting to take nest in your head, if you let it. Don’t let it. When automatic negative thoughts pop up, you must stop them in their tracks and replace them. Think of positive replacement thoughts. Say them out loud. Refuse the…

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The News was Greatly Exaggerated

The day had come. After months of snowstorms, and other delays, my command performance with my doctor had arrived. She wanted to see me. She was concerned. I won’t go into all of the details, but she was not the only one concerned. When I finally presented myself in the office, the receptionists informed me…

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The Art of Marriage

I’m sitting in a marriage seminar as I type. As a matter of fact, I’m helping to lead the series of six meetings, which we’ve spread over two action-packed nights. Truth be told, not a lot of couples have time to focus on their marriage. Until there are issues. Problems. Kids. Bills. Sickness. Careers. Differing…

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Monday Mottoes – #78

Are you a dropout? Not necessarily from school, but from certain aspects of life? Do you find it easier not to engage with a spouse, a boss, a child, so you avoid them? Do you stay away from certain social settings? Have you lost a job and then, after repeated rejection, given up even looking…

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Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine?

According to US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, highly unlikely. She alleges that Putin continues to ship heavy weapons and troops across the border to the separatists operating in Ukraine. Much of the west tends to agree. They do not trust the Russian president. At all. Other commentators argue that, rather than accuse him…

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Comportment, Conversation and Conviviality

I believe I belong to a different era where graciousness and civility rule. The family was able to pass through Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, on our way south and partake of some of the genteel gems from a time long ago. We started with the milliner instructing us as to 18th century fashions. She told how,…

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The Islamization of America

People, our country is going wild. I would say it’s going to the dogs, but that might be too positive. I like dogs. For now, America is underwhelming me. And that’s a shame, because you could not find someone more patriotic than moi. Yet, we have a president who seems divorced from reality and an…

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Library of Congress Open House

Twice a year, on Presidents’ Day and Columbus Day, the Library of Congress Main Reading Room in Washington, DC, is open to the public. Having spent a lot of time researching in the stacks and study desks of this exalted institution, I took the opportunity to introduce my kids to the library, the eldest having…