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Monday Mottoes – #221

Most of us like to hear of battles won overnight, whether it’s a fight for the corner office waged by someone doing very little, yet who has the eye or the ear of the boss, versus another employee who accomplishes amazing feats, while earning little recognition. It might be the struggle against ISIS, with the…

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10 Great Hospital Patient Gift Ideas

We all have friends or loved ones going through difficult health issues from time to time. For someone with a new baby, it’s easy enough to take an upbeat balloon and flowers to the hospital, but for those enduring long and serious health crises, here are some ideas that I considered recently when going to…

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Not #MeToo

My heart goes out to all of the women sharing stories of sexual harassment. You’re brave to speak up, even in industries where you have been threatened and intimidated. Most of us regular bystanders to this epidemic understand that there are a lot of male shmucks in the world. Apparently, more than we ever imagined….

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And Then There Were Four… Wisdom Tooth Diary

Our kids from Russia have been through it. They arrived as preteens with all sorts of dental issues. Our youngest, Sashenka, had 21 cavities. Since that time, around turning 18 years of age, each required the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. We’re down to the last one. Sashenka just turned 17 and has been…

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How To Let It Go…

There seems to be a national epidemic sweeping our land. The most major illustration of this phenomenon arose following the presidential elections and culminated in Sen. John McCain’s recent suggestion to Hillary Clinton: Time to hush up and move on. Why keep living in the past? Why keep making excuses for failure? Why keep rehashing…

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Holiday Stress Relief

In the same manner that some of us love the holidays, others feel overwhelmed by stress and judgment from relatives. They feel as though they don’t measure up, they say and do the wrong things, they appear as less-than. Obviously, whatever you can change that you want to change, do it. Beyond that, what can…

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How to Move Forward in Life

“I have no idea where we are…” I remarked to my companion. “Corner of Congress and State,” the distinguished gentleman in suit and tie replied, overhearing me and nodding toward the street signs. “Yes, I can see that,” I acknowledged, adding, “it’s more like how to get to where we are going, instead of where…

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Multitasking Done Well

Is that a misnomer? Is it possible to multitask and do two or more chores well at the same time? The anterior part of the brain allows us to return to assignments and pick up where we left off without too much trouble. (I would say that depends on the difficulty of the job and…

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Going Out with a Bang!

Why do human beings slow down with the passage of time? We’re told, in many respects, that as soon as we are born, we begin to die. Pleasant thought. The aches, the pains, the degeneration. Today, I’d like to turn that around by examining the changing leaves and foliage all around us. The leaves are…

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90-Day Foolishness

The other day, our family watched TV for the first time in a long time. Somehow, lacking anything of any substance, we ended up with TLC’s “90-Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days”. Not sure if that was a good move, or a bad move.… One thing’s for sure: watching this train wreck of K-1 visa…