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Spring Break Packing Marathon

Because our family lives in a couple of locales on a weekly basis, we know how to pack. I generally review with the children what the upcoming temperatures will be, along with any specific events or obligations coming our way. That way, everyone’s clear on what clothes to have on hand. Sometimes. Because occasionally items…

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Freezing Off Fat

Let’s just say I’m a woman of diverse interests. While North Korea rattles sabers and missiles and Hawaii issues warnings over brain-invading parasites otherwise known as rat lungworm disease, I have other issues to investigate. An e-mail comes into my inbox, I know not why: A spring sale on Coolsculpting, you know, the process by…

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Monday Mottoes – #184

Ageism is alive and well in many industries and organizations. Either you’re too young to be taken seriously and found to be lacking in experience, or you possess a long resume that requires tweaking so it doesn’t read, “Over 100 years of experience in…”! The point is, employers want to know that you’re current, that…

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Human Trafficking with a Twist

My husband and I sat in the human trafficking meeting, a mini-conference of sorts for community leaders banding together to prevent and/or prosecute incidents in our area as the summer months and J1 visa student workers descend. Russians, Filipinos, Ukrainians had often made contact with us in summers past — their passports unlawfully held, accommodated…

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Designing a Life with Focus

Transitions, we all need to make them at one time or another, but how to accomplish this is a different matter. I recently met with a friend nearing retirement who was ready for more. She wanted some honest life coaching to move from where she had been to where she wanted to go. Here’s how…

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Life is a Race

As has been said, “The race is not to the swift…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) and “Let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Recently, our family has been viewing a number of race scenes from old TV programs, particularly “The Amazing Race” series as teams rush here and there…

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Should Leggings Be Legal?

I read a very insightful opinion piece on the latest controversy fanning Twitter flames: the denying of boarding to three United Airline passengers from Denver to Minneapolis, attempting to fly on “company benefit travel” which apparently has a dress code. The two adults and one child, or two girls, a 10-year-old, or two teen girls,…

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Monday Mottoes – #180

Online learning and working and shopping makes life so smooth and streamlined. There’s really no need then to deal with traffic jams or nasty folks in the cubicle next to you. Yet, for all those gains comes isolation and learning to mix with others has its benefits. As the European Union considers requiring travel visas…

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Ready With Your Resume

The best time to prepare for a new job is when you don’t need one and are not looking for one. So that would be now. But of course, you don’t have the time and you don’t have the interest to go through all of that updating, crosschecking, and reference-requesting. And don’t forget the awkward…

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Oscillating Otters and Other Computer Screen Distractions

I am under deadline and trying to believe that I don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome from spending up to 18 hours per day on the computer. However, my latest hassle does not revolve around mental anguish and physical pain. Instead, it’s Bing. Their latest home page involves North American river otters in Yellowstone National Park,…