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"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...

My daughter was acting uncharacteristically jumpy and frenetic. It was confusing and annoying until I asked her what was really going on. She started to cry and admitted she was feeling very nervous. The following day she would be performing her first-ever solo in front of all her fifth grade peers...

"No, I won't send that." 

"Why not?"

"Because it's unfair to our members, who have paid a lot of money for those materials. And it's a breach of the contract."

I place a very strong value on truths and ethics. Honesty is one of my top character strengths. And I once worked into a job where this value w...

You are beautiful. You are smart. You are kind.

Anyone bristle at those words? Anyone's mind go right to, "No I'm not! How could you say that?" or "Ugh! I don't look beautiful these days; I've put on so much weight!" or "Smart? I sure feel stupid when it comes to finances!" or "With the way I yelled...

We had a large tree taken down in front of our house. So did one of our neighbors, who didn't want all the logs that were left behind. This meant two things for us: (1) Lots of free firewood! (We have a wood stove.) (2) Lots and lots and lots and lots of wood splitting.

We've had remnants of tw...

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    - Henry David Thoreau