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They were our best yard sale customers of the day. They bought a picnic quilt from my mom. Then some toys. Then they picked out some kitchen items at our table. And a bag full of other random items.

Then they came to a framed print of a leaf with the word "Inspire" on it. She wanted it. With a smile...

When I was a college freshman, a simple reading assignment could take hours. I would read a little, chat a little, read a little, eat a little, and so on. But my sophomore year, when I had added in a paid position, additional volunteering, and more credits, I was much more focused. For the most part...

“You screwed up.“

Ouch. That’s a rough way to start an email.

I wasn’t the recipient, yet I was feeling defensive. I didn't even know the recipient, yet I wanted to fight back on her behalf. 

It was an email from a customer to a service provider, who I'm sure couldn't wait to do everything she co...

One of my best dresses? Check. Good breakfast? Check. Research? Visual aids? Slide advancer? Check. Check. Check. 

I was ready. I had spent a good 6 weeks preparing for a leadership roundtable I was about to facilitate. Reading, writing, interviewing, slide-building, more reading, more writing. I had...

"Money can't buy happiness." I've heard it. I've said it. I believe it. 

But money can make life a bit easier. There's the big stuff, of course: life is far less stressful when our basic needs of food and shelter are met. And money invested on other large expenses can create ease - a car for each dri...

The traffic came to a complete stop. I had been making good time on the way to my son's baseball game after work. And then all of a sudden I wasn't. The standstill was on a stretch of Route 100 with no cell service, so I couldn't check Google Maps to see how long the backup was or the delay would be...

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    - Henry David Thoreau