Making Amends (Three Minute Read)

Making Amends (Three Minute Read)

Both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans used an olive branch as a symbol of peace.  The expression, “to extend an olive branch,” is often used as a metaphor for reconciliation.  And now as the new year approaches, I tend to think about...
Handling Emotional Blackmail (Three Minute Read)

Handling Emotional Blackmail (Three Minute Read)

It’s the holidays. Your fuse is as short as daylight in December. You’ve got many things on your to-do list and not enough time or money to get them done. So you lash out at your partner, finally telling him what you’ve been thinking about for a long...
Faking It On Thanksgiving (Three Minute Read)

Faking It On Thanksgiving (Three Minute Read)

This is an encore of a blog which I first published in November of 2017, and again in November of 2018. By popular request (and by popular, I mean three different people asked me), I am again offering you the gift of peace with your family over the holidays....
Random Acts of Kindness (Three Minute Read)

Random Acts of Kindness (Three Minute Read)

Two years ago after being inspired by a friend, I posted some nice little tidbit on a different friend’s timeline for 100 consecutive days. I had fun doing it until I ran out of friends. Looking back at it now, I’m pretty amazed that I have 100 friends and...
Do You Respond or React?  (Three Minute Read)

Do You Respond or React? (Three Minute Read)

Let’s start out with a quiz: 1. Somebody cuts you off on the freeway, causing you to slam on your brakes and spill your coffee. Do you: (a) honk your horn; or (b) feel around for some napkins? 2. You’ve been on hold with your cable company for 20 minutes. ...
I Am Compassionate.  Are You?  (Three Minute Read)

I Am Compassionate. Are You? (Three Minute Read)

I drive past homeless people almost every day. Sometimes, especially when it’s raining, I will lower my car window and hand over a dollar. But more often, I confess, I simply look the other way. I guess I’m more compassionate in the rain than I am in the...
Who’s Under Your Wing?  (Three Minute Read)

Who’s Under Your Wing? (Three Minute Read)

Whether you’re 25 or 65, you’ve likely acquired experience in something.  It makes no difference if you’re a skilled poker player or an exquisite cupcake baker, sharing some of the things you’ve learned can have all kinds of hidden and...
Fertilize Your Relationship (Three Minute Read)

Fertilize Your Relationship (Three Minute Read)

I think long-term relationships are like a garden. In the beginning, we decide what we’re going to grow, we till the soil and we plant the seeds.  We pay close attention as the seedlings begin to sprout, giving them the proper amount of sun, water, and food. ...
Chaos in the Cubicle (Three Minute Read)

Chaos in the Cubicle (Three Minute Read)

I used to work in a cubicle.  It was at the apex of the office, and people passed by me all day long.  I’m usually friendly, so when my co-workers stopped to chat, I generally enjoyed the engagement.  Occasionally, I was called out on this behavior during my...
Take a Breath, Slow Down (Three Minute Read)

Take a Breath, Slow Down (Three Minute Read)

As we are becoming more and more dependent on the instant gratification of checking with Google (or Siri, or Alexa), I wonder if our own impatience can be causing harm.   Raise your hand if you’ve recently found yourself doing any of the following: Interrupting...
IT WORKS FOR ME (Three Minute Read)

IT WORKS FOR ME (Three Minute Read)

The other day when I was clearing out some notes on my phone, I came across a sentence I’d entered more than a year ago. I don’t know whether it was derived from someone else’s words or from my own, so I’m going to take credit for it. This is...