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Monday Mottoes – #136

Thomas Edison has captured my attention of late. To me, he seems such a model of inspiration, of perseverance and of creativity. Unless you have contact with some start-ups or immigrants, this is not necessarily the kind of mindset that one often sees today. It simply strikes me as commonsense: if you keep trying, you’ll…

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Monday Mottoes – #135

Hello, I’m back. Wish I could say I took a snooze, but you know how that is! Hope that all is well with you. So we’re back to Monday and believing that another outstanding, power-packed week stretches before us. It always amazes me, how very similar circumstances or situations can face two people: one rises…

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Needed in Inaccessible Places: Travel on Steroids

I promise I will get back to special ed. But for now, emergencies loom. I am needed in all of the most inaccessible places of the earth. This is what one might call travel on steroids. I check flights. Not on the usual travel sites. Instead, I try to take into consideration time and money,…

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Monday Mottoes – #134

There’s something about rising early. Not, of course, if you’ve stayed up late the night before. Also, not if you’ve stayed up for days on end. But in general, I don’t believe we should be lying in bed all day. Take a nap later on if you must, just get up, preferably, early in the…

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The Grant Writing Gig…for Dummies Like Me

Foundations exist in order to give away money to good causes. Often, what they’re not upfront about saying is that they don’t want to give it away… to you or your cause. I know of some very worthy non-profit organizations who could use some funds. Okay, lots of funds. They have big goals and big…

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Monday Mottoes – #132

With a house full of mid-to-late teens, we discuss their futures a lot.  How to choose a career. Finding a direction in life.  Not saying that it does any discernible good for now, but we try. As parents, our goal remains getting them excited about something, anything, attempting to start that proverbial ship moving so…

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When Mates Express Jealousy

It’s hard being successful, according to a number of women. Apparently, many are marrying “beneath them”, not that I believe in such a thing because everyone has value, but there are those executive women who purposely choose blue-collar mates because they won’t have to get grief for shining in their own field. Crazy, isn’t it?…

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The Right Routine

Upon turning 16 years old, I figured I needed to make my way in life and earn a few shekels. Believing I would one day go into law, I took our community phone book and called every attorney, one-by-one. Imagine my surprise when one of the guys recognized me-! Having a unique family name, he…

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Monday Mottoes – #130

Many important endeavors in life involve numbers: how many sales you’ve made, how many constituents or customers you’ve helped, how many students enrolled, how many members in your group. It’s a good week/month/year if you’re numbers are up; conversely, if you’re going down, you may be feeling down. Natural and to be expected, quantification often…

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Super-Lice, Simple Cure

They’re baaaack…. Super-lice are rumbling in half of the United States, some report, and coming soon to a city or town near you. As though these crazy storms were not enough…. What makes them “super” is their apparent resistance to the majority of medications and chemicals which worked only 15 years ago. The lice will…