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Monday Mottoes – #65

Whether it’s at home, in the office, at school, or wherever, many of us are in the motivation business. We need to influence people to make a sale, get them to listen, change their dynamics, you name it. And most of us have learned that threats don’t motivate many… unless you’re in a motorcycle gang,…


FootGolf: Who Knew?

One of the latest trends sweeping America and other nations: FootGolf. If our son had not been working on a golf course, we might never have known. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but on their course if I’m understanding this correctly, the powers that be will cover over the normal golf holes on…


Monday Mottoes – #65

Personal change and transformation. It’s not a message that everyone can hear, since change takes exertion. The seasons morph and transform effortlessly as fall slowly gives way to winter. But people? More of an uphill battle to change, yet worth it. The feelings of empowerment and accomplishment after-the-fact loom large, particularly if the modifications are…


The Early Bird Gets the Corner Office

I travel a lot. And I don’t work for any airlines, lol. And it always amazes me how many people cannot get going early in the morning. They’re wandering through life half-asleep. By “early”, I don’t mean 6:00 a.m. A young teen was quizzing our oldest about his schedule and the mysteries of work and…


The Solitary Placed in Families

It was a special night, full of the warmth of family and friends. We invited a couple dozen folks over for dinner and a movie. Our oldest brought an acquaintance from work. Another friend arrived with a young boy about 12 years old. “This is Banja,” she introduced us. “Well, hello, we’re so glad that…


Monday Mottoes – #64

This is a saying that’s been springing up everywhere and it mirrors the days in which we live. With a number of negatives being reported in the news, it can be challenging to stay positive when crazy folks are chopping off people’s heads and things like that. I like the series that begins with “Keep…


The Key to the Success

While we’re doing opinion pieces…. There’s nothing scientific about anyone’s climb to the top. Well, maybe there is, but that just says that they’re boring. I’m referring to that certain “Je ne sais quoi” that separates the men from the boys, the ladies from the girls, the stars from the lumps of coal. Read any…


Committed First to Kids or Mate?

A lot of parents struggle with a very basic understanding of loyalty and commitment. Who comes first: the kids or the mate? I tend to revert to a very mature understanding of life, using a complex equation to solve the situation. I say: it all depends. As in: who came first, the chicken or the…


Dogs Gone Wild

Our city house has a small backyard that’s fenced so the dogs can run and explore. The two Scotties, Misha and Grisha, have constant adventures as though the world were spreading before them. In reality, it’s a patch of grassy lawn, some flowers and veggies, raspberries that they love to pilfer, lots of trees around…


Sashenka Turns 14

Our youngest, daughter Sashenka, turned 14. It was a week fraught with giddy highs and skipping gait, along with sullen lows. Birthdays never used to do that to her, but as a Russian adoptee, I had heard of this behavior in so many others before. They rued the day they were born because apparently, it…

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