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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the...

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PROCRASTINATION

Lately I’ve been dealing with procrastination when it comes to writing my novel.  I’ve found the perfect excuse to delay—working online jigsaw puzzles! I allow myself one puzzle of 150 mosaic pieces in the morning along with one online sudoku.  Then, I turn to the...

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MR. RICKITY’S RE-DO

After three shows at the Round Top/Warrenton Antique Festival, Mr. Rickety, the table, had not been sold.  The problem was he had a hole in the top and he was, well, rickety.  My friend told me it wouldn’t hurt her feelings if Mr. Rickety found his way to my burn...

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STUFF!

STUFF!  A tribute to mankind’s creativity and imagination.       Round Top – Warrenton Antiques Weekend, Texas fall...

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STEREOTYPING SCORPIONS

One morning while fixing coffee, I felt something crawling on my leg.  A scorpion!  Panicked, I flipped it off and spent several minutes hunting it down and smashing it mercilessly with a paper towel until I was sure it was dead. Then, I got to thinking.  This...

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MARIJUANA BROWNIES

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 was that I would learn new things.  Marijuana was on my bucket list when I visited my brother in Fort Collins, Colorado.  I must say I learned a lot!  Fort Collins, home to over 24 breweries, also offers pot at over 24...

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HOW TO BE MORE LIKE ANTS

When the rains of Hurricane Harvey flooded my pasture, the ants adapted, building mounds as high as 18 inches.  Unlike ants, we humans have a hard time with change. What can we do to cope? Know when to hold ‘em: If you feel the change would truly be bad, take action...

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FEELING OVERWHELMED?

FEELING OVERWHELMED?  I must admit I am feeling a bit overwhelmed these days.  Between all the hate and violence in the U.S., threats from North Korea, and a government that appears to be dysfunctional, I was already anxious. Then Harvey hit.  Just driving through the...

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WORK IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH

Worried about being killed in an ISIS-inspired attack? Think again. You are more likely to be killed on the job.  An average of 700 employees are killed in the United States workplace annually. Additionally, over two million employees are affected by some form of...

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ARE WE GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET?

Dr. David Seabury, psychologist, recently told a Boston audience that civilization is facing a crisis, for a 30 per cent increase in insanity has been noted in the last ten years, and a probable increase of 60 per cent in neurosis. He contrasted the crime waves of the...

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ON BEING A NEANDERTHAL

Recently I had my ancestral DNA processed.  The big surprise was that I am 4% Neanderthal!  Of all the individuals tested by 23andme, I am in the 96% percentile; the average American is 2%.  One of the characteristics of Neanderthals is full and straight hair, of...

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CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: ANALYZING TALKING HEADS

We all have biases no matter how hard we try to be objective.  Our points of view evolve from our life experiences as well as lifelong learning.  So, when evaluating the “talking heads” or experts many radio and television shows present to expound on or argue points...

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FACT VERSUS OPINION– CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

A key component to critical thinking determining the difference between fact and opinion.  A fact is a thing that is known to be true, to exist, or to have occurred.  A view about a particular issue is an opinion, which is not always true. Sounds easy to distinguish,...

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30 YEARS UP IN FLAMES

Early Thursday morning my husband and I watched 30 years of my life go up in flames.  It took me several days to amass the huge pile of investigative files, training materials, client documents, tax returns, and other papers I was reluctant to recycle.  As I cleaned,...

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DEATH AND CHANGE

Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  However, in today’s fast-paced environment, change is a given, and it is happening at an increasingly rapid rate. Dorothy Vaughan, acting supervisor of a group of...

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DIVERSITY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

On Martin Luther King Day it is fitting that we reflect on the power diversity has to make America a force to be reckoned with.  When we limit the participation of any group we don’t have the best and brightest working on our pressing problems.  The movie, Hidden...

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WHAT CUBANS KNOW ABOUT THE OUTSIDE WORLD

  Cubans know quite a bit!    According to Havana University professor Dr. Jorge G. Arocha, 31% of the population is online at Wi-Fi hot spots set up by the government in 2015. Seeing Cubans huddled in parks or outside government-run buildings staring at smart phones...

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2017 RESOLUTIONS

Experts say that for you to be more successful at keeping your new year’s resolutions you should be realistic and talk about them.  So this year I’m taking losing weight off the table. Instead I’ve chosen the following: Be positive. Give back. Learn new things. Write...

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BORED AT WORK? TRY A LITTLE CREATIVITY!

Work does not have to be boring.  Just use your imagination and create your own fun.  The housekeeping staff on the Celestyal Crystal cruise ship has figured out how to put a little spice in their daily routine.  Towel Animals! Every day a new creation would appear in...

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Castro’s Funeral Procession December 3, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016   Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Click the link below to view the sights and sounds: The Sights and Sounds of Castro's Funeral Procession Trepidation and excitement mounted as I looked out over the harbor from the cruise ship deck.  A rust bucket of...

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CREATIVITY PART III

IMPROVING YOUR CREATIVITY Part III   Hopefully you have now mastered Part 2 of improving your creativity.  I will now explore the last suggestions from Human Relations 4th Ed. By Dalton, Hoyle, and Watts. 10. Have a sense of humor and learn to laugh easily. Humor...

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CREATIVITY PART II

Hopefully you have now mastered Part I of improving your creativity.  I’ll forge ahead with a big lesson, steps 5 through 9 from Human Relations 4th Ed. By Dalton, Hoyle, and Watts. 5. Avoid rigid patterns of doing things. Change your rhythms.  Draw your problems...

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CREATIVITY PART 1

Creativity, a thinking process that solves a problem or achieves a goal in an original and useful way, is becoming an increasingly important skill for employees, entrepreneurs, and volunteers.   We all have the potential for creativity and, with a little focus, we can...

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Seeking The Truth

As a student at the University of Texas I often gazed at the verse from John 8:32 that is carved into the front wall of the tower: "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." I figured that getting a good education would help me get to the truth.  And...

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THE STEREOTYPING CONUNDRUM

Just before Christmas I decided to dump my Iphone for a Galaxy Note 4. A new AT&T store just happened to be opening in my small town and I was one of the first customers through the door. I was determined to learn all I could about the Galaxy before making the...

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TIME FOR AN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE CHECK UP

Are you looking to move up in the company or find a better job? If so, it’s time to check out your emotional intelligence quotient and see whether there is room for improvement. A strong emotional intelligence improves your ability to lead, work in a team, and provide...

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EMPATHY, THE ESSENTIAL SKILL

Occasionally I run into individuals who do not have the ability to empathize. They are unable to walk a mile in another person’s moccasins. To them, the problem is the other person; they’re perfectly fine. Recently I interacted with two men who had been asked to stop...

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