Neighbors and Boundaries (Three Minute Read)

Neighbors and Boundaries (Three Minute Read)

The first house I ever bought was in a brand new development. Eager to meet the neighbors and fantasizing about borrowing a cup of sugar, I was shocked to learn that their main priority was to figure out what kind of fence we all wanted. Fences? What about the cup of...
May I Please Have Some Change?  (Three Minute Read)

May I Please Have Some Change? (Three Minute Read)

Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” I know for a fact that Mr. Darwin was not referring to me. I also know that our fear...
Going Into Business With a Friend?  (Three Minute Read)

Going Into Business With a Friend? (Three Minute Read)

I’ve started two businesses with friends.  One ended amicably.  The other?  Not so much.  If I knew then what I know now . . . famous last words, right? Now that I’m a Mediator and have conducted many business mediations, I’ve seen a lot of what...
You Need To Stop Saying This!  (Three Minute Read)

You Need To Stop Saying This! (Three Minute Read)

I’ve been wanting to dig deeper on this particular expression for awhile; long before I first heard Taylor Swift’s song, “You Need to Calm Down.”  Can you guess what it is? If you said anything resembling “you need to,” give...
Are Real Conversations Becoming Extinct?  (Three Minute Read)

Are Real Conversations Becoming Extinct? (Three Minute Read)

I am not a dinosaur. I love technology. It makes my life run more efficiently. I can send a text to tell my friend I’m running five minutes late, and I can confirm tomorrow’s appointments without having to make a call, wait for an answer, or be required to leave a...
Staying Put (Three Minute Read)

Staying Put (Three Minute Read)

Which takes more effort, staying in a relationship or ending it? In my last post, I talked about the challenges of ending a relationship.  Staying in one can also be a challenge. I’ve read dozens and dozens of articles, each claiming to reveal the secret to...
Should I Stay or Should I Go?  (Three Minute Read)

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Three Minute Read)

Making the decision to end a relationship can be more challenging than actually ending it. This is true whether you’re thinking about ending your marriage, quitting your job, or selling your house. And if you’re indecisive by nature, the choice can be...
How to Win an Argument (Three Minute Read)

How to Win an Argument (Three Minute Read)

I’m not supposed to tell you this.  I’m giving away some (but not all) of the secret techniques used by Mediators.  You’ll probably want to thank me later.  For now, please read on. Obviously, we all want to win our arguments.  We want to be told...
How Many Friends Do You Have?  (Three Minute Read)

How Many Friends Do You Have? (Three Minute Read)

A recent survey conducted by Evite concluded that adults find it difficult to make new friends.  In fact, the survey indicated that the average American adult hasn’t made a new friend in five years!   Evite reported that we have 16 friends:  three for life, five...
Should I Say Something?  (Three Minute Read)

Should I Say Something? (Three Minute Read)

I recently experienced a very awkward moment when I bumped into my neighbor’s husband at a Caesar’s Palace cocktail lounge. I saw him canoodling (that word kinda grosses me out) with a woman half his age. We made eye contact and then I continued on my...