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Remember, Pressure Can Be Positive

I know a whole lot of people going through a whole lot of things. The pressure is practically killing them. It’s emotional, intellectual, financial, and spiritual stress. Which is generally just another word for fear. There are business deals in the balance. A marriage on the rocks. Cars breaking down.  Kids gone awry and astray….


Why I Don’t Believe You’re a Millionaire

Today, being a millionaire is like saying you have a refrigerator. Particularly if you reside in an urban area and own something bigger than a one-room apartment. You are already a millionaire. Anyhow, if you’re anything like me, you receive loads of lame e-mails every day from online marketers promising to turn you into a…


Quick & Easy Skills That Are Important to Learn

While perusing a really cool article from www.lifehack.org, I found some very basic skills that I really need to learn. Never mind the lack of time, I think I can do these. One day. Just not one day soon. But the surprising thing is, some of them actually intrigue me. I guess they appeal to…


Helping the Persecuted

Right now, all around the world, there are those who are suffering for their views, their faith, their ethnicity. It’s pretty rough. Persecution may range from the loss of employment, outright harassment, beatings, rape, imprisonment and death. Something has to be done. Someone has to speak up. Enter our kids. The four of them, with…


Viewing Reality Undercover-Style

Our kids have a new favorite past-time that teaches lessons to last a lifetime. I’m a firm believer in reality therapy, that the facts can speak for themselves, for those with ears to hear. So here we are, watching several episodes of Undercover Boss, where CEOs wear disguises and don’t tell their employees that it’s…


Monday Mottoes – #175

Take a big breath. Maybe a step back. Slow things down. Think before you speak. Look before you leap. Exhale. You see, friend, life happens fast. Sometimes our reactions happen even faster.  The texts and e-mails and phone calls fly back and forth, fast and furious.  Things get all twisted around and misconstrued. For no…


Monday Mottoes – #174

We’re talking frustration. Total frustration. Have you ever been there? I have blocked out a chunk of time to get ahead on some very important projects. Only problem is, I am stymied by technology which is refusing me access to information that I desperately need. And tech support is gone. I fight the feeling of…


The Joy of 3×5 Index Cards

These tiny, stiff paper cards are my friends. Measuring 3 inches by 5 inches, they are small, but mighty. Lined, or “ruled” on one side, blank white on the other, the index cards find the perfect use in shopping lists, message notes that may be propped up, encouraging notes in kids’ lunch bags, executive directives…


Tunnels Connect the U.S. to Israel

You’ve heard of the 51-mile-long Channel Tunnel, connecting Britain and France by an underwater rail line. Completed in 1994, the “Chunnel” is an amazing innovation, linking the two countries and easing travel between them. Today, Israel and the U.S. are also linked by tunnels, not physically, but metaphorically. Unwanted illegal visitors slip across their borders,…


Holiday Tug-of-War

In the US, there’s a lot of pushing and pulling that takes place during the winter holidays.  It happens in other countries, too, but here, there’s enough space to truly separate loved ones at special times.  Most of it is centered around the triad of Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years. If you’re married or engaged,…