“They can kick dirt in your face Dress you down and tell you that your place is in the middle When they hate the way you shine …” Omg, Brandi Carlile. You cracked my heart wide open listening to those lines in your song, The Joke, which I played repeatedly my entire hourlong morning commute … Continue reading Shine
Last blog I shared my mixed feelings about the expression, “It is what it is,” and the book from my son Dan that helped clarify some things for me. I want to share one more insight from Expand This Moment by John Shelby. It’s about another expression I’m not a big fan of – “The … Continue reading Good Intentions
I’ve always pretty much hated that expression – “It is what it is.” For example: You go to someone in your workplace, at a store, at home, and you explain a problem you’re having with the process, the service, the way you’re being treated, your problem here. And they say, in that lame, kind of … Continue reading It Is What It Is … Or Is It?
“Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.” “I know every town worth passing through. But what good does knowing do, with no one to show it to?” I went to Myers-Briggs training several years ago and was labeled one of the biggest ‘extroverts’ in the group. What I found out, interestingly, … Continue reading Extrovert? Guilty as Charged!
Greetings blog followers and hope you're having a GREAT summer! In case you didn't see - or even if you did - I'm sharing here my original, unedited version of the 'Expressway' essay Long Island's Newsday published last Sunday (July 7) ... complete with never-before-seen photos! O.k. I'm being dramatic for effect, but hope you … Continue reading Seeing My Long Island Home through Fresh Eyes
Happy 4th of July to all my American readers! Happily, I’m right on the brink of a four-day weekend after a short workday today, thanks to my new job. What’s on the agenda for my holiday time off? First (and maybe foremost), some sleeping in! I love my new job, but a longer commute and … Continue reading Long holiday weekend and some happy news
O.k. so it wasn’t my proudest parenting moment! Jamie had a bad stomach virus. The kind where you can’t stop vomiting, etc. and feel like you want to die. Being long distance, she was calling often, sick and afraid, and we kept telling her it was a terrible feeling but would surely be over in … Continue reading Jamie, Frasier and The Wild Thornberries
WARNING: This blog contains material some readers may find contrarian in nature People always talk about getting out of your ‘comfort zone.’ Stretching your capabilities and horizons. Going further than you thought you could. That’s all fantastic, right? Yes. And no. I’ll admit it. Some of my most memorable moments, and greatest achievements, started with … Continue reading Maybe I LIKE my comfort zone!
“There’s such a thing as manners. A way of treating people. These fish have manners and the fish are coming with me …” Forgive me … I was just lost in another Jerry Maguire movie moment. The one where Jerry (a.k.a. Tom Cruise) dramatically leaves his office after abruptly being fired from the business he … Continue reading R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
You know how sometimes the most difficult situations can turn into gifts in disguise? I recently got the gift of time, in the form of 18 days between jobs. It may not sound like a lot, but I realized I have NEVER, EVER taken that many consecutive days off in my entire career. Just like … Continue reading 18 days