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A WINK, A NOD, A SMILE OR…..

Okay, there’s a lot of “bad stuff” going on out there, isn’t there? Really bad stuff. It’s almost overwhelming – even debilitating – to talk about, to think about. And once you do start talking and thinking about it, it’s pretty hard to stop. So here’s an idea. I’ve written in the past about the incredible power of the “littles,” of “the good stuff” -… read more

MY FRIEND, JAKE

I wrote the “Motivator” below a couple of years ago, but a week ago I read it al oud, along with a few others, at a “Monday Morning Motivator…How Good Could You Make It?” book party. It struck such a chord with the audience that I thought I’d “reprise” it for those of you who read… read more

WHY WAIT TO BE UNHAPPY?

So let’s say they don’t answer your email. (I hate it when that happens, don’t you?) What do you make it “mean?” Well, if you’re like most of us, you probably don’t make it mean they’re crazy about your idea, right? You might say to yourself, “I don’t know, maybe that wasn’t such a hot… read more

MONDAYS ARE FOR SINGING…

One of all-time my favorite clients was a guy who worked for an asset management company. His CEO had told him to beef up his communications skills. Well, this became one of the easiest assignments I’d ever had. Early in our conversation, Roger and I started to talk about sports. It turned out that Roger… read more

YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING!

Seriously, you really don’t. We might think we do, might want to act like we do, might knock ourselves out to prove it…but it’s just not necessary. (You want to let go of something for the New Year? Let go of that!) We’ve got better things to do than to be everybody’s go-to person on every subject all… read more

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE There are lots of things to be grateful for at Thanksgiving: You don’t have to go shopping (except for food), you don’t have to wrap gifts, (or return them), you don’t have to do a lot of decorating, (okay, pumpkins, and gourds, and maybe those dried corn husk things, but it’s no big deal.) In the end, it’s… read more

RIPPING OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET…

RIPPING OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET… 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… read more

IT’S OKAY…

No, really it is. It’s nothing to get worked up about. They’re just bugs. Not the bugs that eat the holes through your favorite cashmere sweaters. Not the bugs that swarm and nip around you all summer and drink your blood when dusk falls – even after you spray the bejeesus out of your patio.… read more

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN I know, I know, James Bond, (played by Sean Connery, the iconic “007″) insisted that his martinis be “shaken not stirred.” Actually, I like them both ways. Plus, I like them “dirty.” And our daughters, Kate and Abigail, make them to perfection. But much as I love them, I’m not actually talking… read more

IN THE END IT’S ALL ABOUT DINNER…

  IN THE END IT’S ALL ABOUT DINNER…  No really, it is. I mean, it is for me. It starts really early in the morning, usually when I’m running around the reservoir in Central Park with Jim and Willa (our Golden Retriever), and Jim says, “So what do you feel like for dinner? Jim’s a really… read more