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PHONY EQUATIONS

PHONY EQUATIONS “See, that’s how it is…that’s what happens when you knock yourself out and do great work: They cut your budget! They reduce your headcount! I mean, why bother? Forget it.” Or… “Oh great. This is what happens, right? I was right there for her. I helped her every way I could. I was… read more

SIMPLY LOVING…

SIMPLY LOVING… Sometimes loving someone is messy.  Sometimes it’s complicated. Sometimes it’s frustrating or even “angrifying” (a word my daughter, Abigail, made up which comes in handily…) And sometimes we make “loving” a whole lot of work.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “Well, we’re working on our marriage. I don’t know…maybe it’ll work, maybe… read more

Sweet Surrender

SWEET SURRENDER   The first book I wrote was called, Taking Control of Your Life, the Secrets of  Successful, Enterprising Women. Its mission was to encourage women to create the lives of their dreams by creating businesses they loved. And it was pretty good, too – sold well over a half million copies. And I stand by the premise. I’d better.… read more

LOVE IS A DOG NAMED WILLA….

LOVE IS A DOG NAMED WILLA…. “My Willita!! I love you!!” That’s what a wonderful Hispanic doormen on our street calls our Golden Retriever, Willa. He’s so happy to see her every morning that he bursts through the door of his building and kneels down to wrap his arms around his “Willita.”  All the doormen up and… read more

WHERE’S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM? 

WHERE’S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM?  Remember him? He’s the guy who founded “Cynical Philosophy.” He was actually called “Diogenes the Cynic” and lived in Greece from 412 to 323 BC. Ancient Greek writings credit Diogenes with the famous “search for an honest man” which he conducted in broad daylight, carrying a lighted lantern that he… read more

LOOK UP!

LOOK UP! As I’ve written before, I talk to the trees. (There’s  song about that from the musical, “Paint Your Wagon…”) Seriously, I always have. I grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland and lived right smack on Lake Erie where trees grow like crazy. When I was about six years old… read more

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