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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…


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…


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…


Stress, Exhaustion, and Poor Choices

We are the sandwich generation, squeezed between the issues of needy kids and needy parents. Which leads me to ask: where’s the beef? Where are those who can wear the big boy or big girl pants and do mature things, even in the midst of the storms of life? We all know about stress—loved ones…


Gym Fear and Loathing

Against the backdrop of the worst terrorist incident in France in 50 years, I needed a diversion of my own. Confronted with some fear and loathing of a much lesser sort, I was faced with a possible gym membership and didn’t know what to think. It had been decades since I held a sports club…


Monday Mottoes – #70

Moaning and groaning. Why do some people love to kvetch and complain, whine and say woe-is-me? There are beautiful women who sit at home night after night, nary a date in sight. They’re too pretty, nobody will approach them. Rather than slap a smile on their face and extend their hand in greeting, they bemoan…


Get Rich Quick?

There’s a scam a day out there, people. Be careful. Anything that sounds too good to be true…. So why do people continue to sign-up for “educational courses” that exist for the sole reason of selling you on even larger promotional packages? Because you will learn a little along the way. Very little. But just…


Chicken Little, The Ruble is Falling

In Russia these days, the sky is falling. Yet again. I first wrote about this back in September (http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/rough-times-in-russia/), but things have gotten worse. A lot worse. It’s raining Russian rubles as the economy tanks. Yesterday, the ruble dropped to almost half of its value against the dollar since the beginning of 2014. The currency…


Where Have All Our Old Haunts Gone?

It’s the holidays and I’m feeling nostalgic. My kids are teens and old enough to understand that I had youthful traditions with my own mother once upon a time. I call a local department store that’s had an in-store café since the 1950s known for sky-high club sandwiches, delicate tea sandwiches, and luscious pies and…


Fairly Evident… to All But Those Involved

How is it that certain realities of life are self-evident to everyone except those going through the situation in question? You can list them with the best of us: 1. That all men are created equal—that is, if you’re white, male, Protestant, and a landholder during that time period. 2. That your secret office romance…

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