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Words of encouragement, kindness draw attention

Thanks again for all of the emails regarding my column and the “Winning Words” found here each week. I truly appreciate you all. Interestingly enough, and based on the community’s feedback, it … more

Check out groceries, human scenery, and emotionally

“Place the item in the bag.” “Place the item in the bag.” How many times could you hear “Place the item in the bag” before losing your mind? This is an ode to the 21st-century American … more

Hope — a strategy and a tactic in the pursuit of success

Is hope a strategy that can drive success? Is hope a tactic we can put into practice to help us achieve our goals and dreams? Is being hopeful a character trait that when fully developed can lead us … more

You only get one life, but hey, no pressure

“September Song” is a song. While the title has always been perplexing to me (why wasn’t it called “September”), the metaphor implied in it never has been, although when I first understood … more

Laugh as though your life depends on it

“Did you ever wake up, kiss the person next to you, and know it’s going to be a good day? I did that yesterday, and apparently, I’m not allowed on that airline again.” Did that give you a bit … more

For continuous improvement, focus on continuous learning

“In times of change the learners will inherit the earth, as the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” — Eric Hoffer And since it seems like the … more

Want to be a mermaid? Fin, have it your way

I just heard about something called “mermaiding.” It’s been around for a while, but I do my best to stay out of touch, partly because some of these things come and go almost overnight. The … more

Managing the game clock for greater success

Is it our time management skills that need a little work, or is the enemy time compression? “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week” — Anonymous How true. And we all know what the … more

Views from an expert in the laughingstock market

I could give a two-day seminar on the No. 2 pencil, but I couldn’t have an intelligent two-minute conversation about the stock market. Those words — “stock market” — have intimidated me … more

Who’s the boss? You’re the boss

Whether you are a business owner, an executive, a manager, or a supervisor with a team of people reporting to you, or you are someone who reports into another person, guess what? You are all still … more

The last, final diatribe on an unneeded, unnecessary word

I, like, give up. Once a year for the past eight years, I have written a column about the extra-grammatical use of the word “like” and its part in the ruination of the English language. Each … more

Investing 101: Don’t look for instant gratification

The media continues to satisfy our need for instant information, but how much is too much? Many folks tell me they are on information overload. Also, some news stories can make you feel inadequate if … more

Turn high-speed thinking into highly motivated action

There is certainly no shortage of ideas these days. As a matter of fact, we typically come up with more ideas than we really need. And the more ideas we generate, the more excited we get about … more

Guys, please stop wearing clown shoes with cleats

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey may have gone out of business, but there are still plenty of clowns to go around. They perform in the National Football League, and provide adoring fans with … more

Update on how school district is using tax revenues

A new school year is already upon us — bringing the promise of unlimited opportunities and experiences for our students and staff. It was a little more than a year ago that many of us in the … more

Fortitude in the face of failure will keep you on promising path

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm,” says a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill. Sometimes we get so caught up in either one or the other, … more

All joking aside, brace yourself for puns

When Chopin — one of my favorites — died, he began to decompose. No one is born with a sense of humor, and you can’t order one online. Some people are funny and some people aren’t. Some … more

Grandparents and grandchildren — conversations between generations

“Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.” — … more

Mixing business with friendship can work

Like me, you have probably heard this saying repeatedly, “Never mix business with friendship.” You may have even had an experience that didn’t turn out so well when you tried to partner with a … more

Place of shelter shouldn’t become place to swelter

Former talk show host Dick Cavett said he saw Groucho Marx on the streets of New York, and told him he was a big fan. Marx said, “If it gets any hotter, I’m going to need a big fan.” After 22 … more
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