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In Dog We Trust

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI am spending the weekend with another male and we are having a great time while my husband is taking a trip down memory lane at his high school reunion in a small corner of Connecticut. My Maltese dog, Chance, is the perfect companion. He adores me. He doesn’t criticize me or make snarky comments when I flub up in the kitchen. He makes me laugh with his funny faces. I can say whatever I want to him and not have him bark back or interrupt. He looks like he is trying really hard to understand every word I am saying with his little five pound […]

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This, Too, Shall Pass Over

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditThis weekend is a double header in the Bible books: The Jewish holiday Passover and the Christian holiday Easter. I live among a family where both are slightly celebrated, albeit with some lightness of spirit and a religous ardor for eating and drinking versus reading from any books.  After attending a “sort of Seder”  last night with all the right symbolic foods, freshly homemade of course, and all the wrong examples for a traditional service – the youngest read the Four Questions from her IPad- I got up this sunny Spring morning and went online to refresh my memory about the stories of both Passover and Easter.   […]

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A Celebration of Life

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI recently attended the funeral of a longtime business colleague who died too soon of cancer. It was billed as a Celebration of His Life. Many of my former staff attended, and it was good to see them albeit for such a somber occasion. At the church the priest talked of baptism and Jesus and moving on; he poured water a few times into an urn. A woman quoted Emily Dickenson, a favorite poet of the deceased. I love the line “Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.” We popped up and down and […]

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March… For Women

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditMarch Is Women’s History Month, celebrating our milestones throughout time and measuring up where we are now.  Radio commmentator Rush Limbaugh kicked off Women’s Month by denouncing women’s efforts to have contraception covered by health insurance. His remarks were ugly and shocking. Just when you think women are making progress, some loud mouth pundit speaks up and you have to ask, “Are we really making progress?” Most insurance policies cover Viagra. So men’s erections are covered by health insurance enabling them to have more sex. But women have to pay up to protect themselves or pay the price of an unwanted pregnancy. I just […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditAfter dealing with an abnormally high level of stress and frustration in the past 60 days, in a fit of rage last weekend I shouted to my husband, “Maybe I am just better off dead! Take the life insurance money! Pay the bills and start over without me!” As usual, when I start a round of outbursts, the result of stress, menopause and heredity, he just looked up calmly and said “Sure.” And then went back to whatever he was doing. By Tuesday, I had calmed down but my right arm was swollen, lumpy red and painful. Given my breast cancer history, swollen, lumpy and rashy anything is not a […]

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Do As I Say and Not As I Did

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI am all about looking forward rather than looking back. But in the last few months circumstances have caused me to reflect back on my life as I pack up substantial pieces of it in order to make room for new opportunities. I have lived life well and have had incredible successes and experiences along the way. I have also hit pitfalls and challenges that made me think, “What should and could I have done differently if I could live my life over?” I did not have a life mentor. I wish I had. A big sister or brother, a […]

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24/7=0

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditRemember the days of 9 to 5? My Dad would leave for work at 8:30 a.m. after kissing me good bye.  He would come home at 5:30 p.m. and spend time with me and my mother, who also worked full time. We’d rehash the day’s activities, watch the  news at 6 and then sit down for dinner. When did you last experience a 9 to 5 day? Or are you a 24/7 person? Today, with technology, work days for many have become 24/7. Companies promote their 24/7 accessibility. Employees are expected to respond to emails 24/7. I recently met with a PR agency owner who talked […]

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Making A List

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditI am the “List Queen.” I start the day with a mental “to do list.” I end the day with a written “to do list.” I end each year writing in my new year’s diary with a “review list” of my accomplisments. I start each year, also my birthday, with a “new year’s resolution list.” I have three sets of “bucket lists” on file: 1) what I want to experience 2) Where I want to travel 3) What I want to achieve- all before I die. At work I have multiple lists: 1) a master media list with contacts around the country, 2)   an extensive food and […]

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Great At Any Age

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditMy birthday is coming up January 1st. I use this end of the year time period to take stock of my life and where I stand.  This year as part of my focus on re-purposing your life at any age, I have also spoken and advised both young women starting out and older women starting over.  Here is what I have learned: Physical age may have a number tied to it but spiritual and emotional age should not. We can accomplish anything we want at any age if we choose too, and many people have. I spent my 20s building my career, my 30s building my business and […]

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The Coal Hard Truth

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemailYummlyDiggPinterestRedditA faceless snowman opened his Christmas gift and felt two lumps of coal. “What!? You are giving me two lumps of coal?” he exclaimed with disappointment to the giver. “Let me show you how to use them,” responded the giver.  And she placed the lumps of coal on the snowman’s empty face. “Wow! Now I can see!” said the snowman. “You did not need lumps of coal to see,” said the giver. “Vision  comes from within.” Do you have a blind spot that is impacting your vision? Lack of any vision is probably the #1 reason we fail to move forward. […]

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