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(Issue #582) When Strangers Become Friends and Friends Become Strangers


“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” ~attributed to Donna Roberts “I once had a best friend who is now a stranger.” ~Author Unknown We’ve heard it. We might have … Continue reading

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(Issue #580) What if Teachers….


It comes down to seeing the person as someone in need of what you have to offer. And finding a respectful many in which to connect with that individual. After my most-recent experience with a repairman not returning phone calls, … Continue reading

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(Issue #578) That Was The Longest Twenty Minutes Of My Life!


I know that when I put the audience first, I succeeded. This past week, a community committee on which I serve asked me to share ideas about presentation skills. Specifically, strategies to help speakers connect with an audience.  We’ve all … Continue reading

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(Issue #560) Renewal Of Vows


A reminder that it can become too easy to say, “Oh, I said that. She/He knows it.” NOTE: The annual Renewal of Vows ceremony in Savannah, Georgia will be virtual this year.  See the end of this post for a … Continue reading

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(Issue #553) A Blogger’s Retrospective for 2020


May you create, share, and savor powerful moments in the coming year and beyond. Video recommendation for the week: A short gratitude note from me to all of you who have read, shared, and commented on my blog posts.  I … Continue reading

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(Issue #550) By The Numbers


Be aware of  and understand the assumptions you make when establishing your goals. So, we’ve made it to the last month of 2020. You might feel like you need a long hot shower or an extended meditation retreat. Or a … Continue reading

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(Issue #547) Standing With Empathy


“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” ~Alfred Adler Notice the common and critical word in each clause above? With. When we empathize we are with … Continue reading

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(Issue #546) What If?


The what if mindset can end up creating an emotional vulnerability that leads to debilitating self-doubt. A creative writing strategy consists of two words to help a writer build suspense, give depth to character personalities, and provide unexpected plot twists. … Continue reading

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(Issue #538) The Package And The Person


Maybe if we focus on the person, we may come to see the packaging in a different light. “They’re nice but, you know, they belong to that political party.” “She’s a retired teacher. So cheerful. Just don’t understand how she … Continue reading

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(Issue #537) Critical Thinking Revisited


Critical thinking is not only looking for information that supports what we want to hear, see, or believe. It helps us see the fallacies in our assumptions. A few of the student success textbooks I wrote for Pearson Education focused … Continue reading

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