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"How are you?" "Good. How are you?" "Good, thanks." 

Now what? Lots of conversations start that way and quickly go nowhere.  You haven't learned anything and you haven't made a connection. With people you encounter one time at the grocery store for 10 seconds while you both shop for rice, that might...

My mom is the sixth child in a family of twelve, so my grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary many years ago was quite an affair. Most of us were really excited but I remember my younger cousins being petrified of coming to church. Why? They weren't Christian and their only encounter with any of...

"I have written more in the past few weeks than I have since I graduated college with my creative writing degree 11 years ago," my friend told me last week. "I'm up to 41 pages so far."

This friend commutes an hour each way, is a loving father and husband who prioritizes his daughter and his wife (wh...

"You've got holes in another pair of jeans?! How many is that?"

If you were walking down our street recently, you likely would have heard those words coming through the windows. From me. I'm sick of holes in jeans. Until I step back and try to think about it from a different perspective. What if I sh...

It’s my worst nightmare...speaking in front of an audience that slowly get smaller and smaller. Person after person standing up and walking out.

It’s humiliating.

It’s demoralizing.

And it’s reality.

I’ve been to countless meetings at the local HR association and I’ve seen people do this to speaker afte...

What mother tells her children that what she really wants for Mother's Day is to be by herself?

This one.

I had mentioned wanting time to read and nap in the days leading up to Mother's Day. Then on Saturday I explained my request in more detail to my husband and kids: "It's not that I don't want to b...

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    - Henry David Thoreau