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  • Cautious Optimism With a Side of Corn Pudding

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things in our life for which we are truly grateful. For me, that’s family, friends and pants with an elastic waistband. And the sweet potato. But the list doesn’t end there. I’m thankful that this November—unlike last—I did not trip running for the bus, skid down the pavement with my palms (and a can of tuna I was carrying...
  • Productivity By the Pint

    I once interned at a publishing company in Bath, England—and by interned, I mean sat at a desk in a basement that felt only slightly warmer than a meat locker and politely declined approximately 39 cups of the Brits’ beloved tea each day. There, I learned an important lesson about creativity. Each morning, the head writer would meander into the office around 10 a.m. in jeans and a...
  • Dealing With Difficult People

    How many times have you worked with or for an individual who was so dramatic and emotional that you found it hard to get your work done? Some people are so self-absorbed that they don’t hear anything you say unless it is about them.  What’s worse is a power hungry boss with these traits. Managers like this stop at nothing to get accolades and compliments. It is not of the...
  • Love You, Dad

    There are certain childhood memories that you take and exaggerate with each re-telling, until one day you genuinely believe that blown-up version you have created is the way it really was. Some—namely, my mother—would argue that is the case with each of my blogs. I assure you it is not. But I will admit that the events of one particular November day (or maybe it was March) in 1999,...

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