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WHAT TO RUN ON WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING ON EMPTY

Sometimes the times that try men’s and women’s souls aren’t the major hits or the seemingly end of the world occurrences – the job lost, the big chance blown, the wedding canceled. But rather it’s the wear and tear of the little stuff – the constant criticisms, the endless requests, the changes of direction, the… read more

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA I wrote a “Motivator” very similar to this a little less than a year ago. But lately, the same quotes have been relentlessly flooding through my mind in the middle of the night, (I can’t imagine why. Or can I?) And all things considered, I couldn’t… read more

RIP OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET, WILL YA?!

Seriously, it’s time to unbuckle the wretched thing once and for all. You know that “straightjacket.” It’s the one we strap around ourselves just about every day. Its buckles and straps are made up of our insistence on outlining, categorizing, detailing, and meticulously reviewing our flaws, weaknesses, shortcomings and “just not good enough” assessments of… read more

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND…

A young friend of ours named Mark died unexpectedly recently. I didn’t know him extremely well but what I knew I liked a lot. He wasn’t a business mogul or some big deal athlete or a renowned actor. But he had something just as special: A delightful personality that was full of life and positive energy –… read more

THOSE DAMN YANKEES – I’ll ALWAYS LOVE ‘EM…

THOSE DAMN YANKEES – I’ll ALWAYS LOVE ‘EM… I’ll  really will. I ought to. I’ve sure had enough contact with them – some in real life – some in pretend life – like on the stage… First the “on the stage part:” It was my senior year in college – at  an all-girls school in… read more

BETTER THAN SHE’S EVER BEEN…

BETTER THAN SHE’S EVER BEEN…  “I betcha Spring is best this year  Better than she’s ever been Or tried to be… Like warmer and wearing a great big grin   And full of gin….and tonic.    I betcha she comes swingin’ in  Takes a bow, does a spin,  Then holds her pose and waits…  … read more

SHE’S THE ONE WHO….

SHE’S THE ONE WHO…. How often, when we introduce someone, do we actually say who they are? I don’t mean what they do, I mean who they are.  If I’m any example, not all that often. I heard myself introduce someone to a friend the other day by saying, “Hank, I’d like you to meet my friend, Barbara.” That was it. Hank was left holding… read more

A GAME OF INCHES

At one point, last Sunday night, after we’d devoured our unbelievably delicious Super Bowl dinner (thanks to Kate and her husband, David – both spectacular, creative cooks…), the first half of the game was over – and it looked like the Falcons were going to walk away with the title and we should all just… read more

SO WHAT’LL IT BE? QUIT? OR SWIM?

“Judges and timers ready!” shouted the starter. “Swimmers, take your marks!” We all stepped onto our starting blocks, crouched in the start position and waited for the gun. I focused straight ahead, staring at the other end of the fifty-meter pool. The water glistened in the hot Indiana sun. My heart slammed. It was a… read more

ACT THE WAY YOU WANT TO FEEL

There are times – this might be one of them – when you’re feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated, low on confidence, high on fear or just plain out of the old energy and optimism you’re usually known for. What to do? Act. Seriously, act. Act like a person who’s on top of their game; sure of a… read more