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If I Had It To Do Over Again…

There is a movie that I enjoy called Peggy Sue Got Married. For me, it’s an unusual choice, given that I typical enjoy suspense movies and historical dramas, and Peggy Sue is a gentle, sentimental story about love and relationships. It stars Kathleen Turner as a woman in her early 40s, on the brink of…

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A Balancing Act

One summer, when one of my kids was a preschooler, I discovered she liked macaroni and cheese; in fact, she liked it so much, I started serving it almost every day for lunch. It was easy, she never complained, and things that reduce stress in everyday life tend to look amazingly appealing. Then one day,…

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Work is busy

Work is busy, too busy. Being too stressed and overwhelmed is not good in any job. Self-care is always important, but even more so when we notice the effects of too much work. I let my manager know when I am too busy. She may already know this and may be working to alleviate the…

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The Value of Time

Next to Christmas, my birthday was the best day of every year when I was a boy. I liked the presents and the fun, of course, and having a cake. I always had the same one – German chocolate with coconut-pecan frosting on the top and middle, and whipped cream around the side – my…

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You Can Afford to be Generous

We spend a lot of our lives interacting with other people. Sometimes, it seems as though hearing others’ viewpoints and opinions makes us even more confident in our own positions. Yet, when it comes to experiencing others’ gloomy moods or behaviors, we can quickly be influenced to turn negative ourselves. We cannot definitively understand what…

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The Chocolate Cake Diet

Next time you are waiting in a grocery store checkout line, pay attention to the magazines in the rack nearby. Particularly, notice the specialty magazines focused on health and weight loss, the ones with a seemingly endless supply of articles with titles like “The Guilt-Free Way to Shed Fifteen Pounds” or “Lose Inches in Just…

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Time to Adjust

My family recently returned from the first trip to visit relatives since my dad passed away. Before we left for the trip, I started thinking about how it would be different this time: not picking him up from his retirement apartment, not helping him shuffle along into the restaurant where he would proclaim his entree…

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Attribution

There is this problem: When I cut someone off on the road while driving, I see it as a mistake – something I would not normally do, something that happened due to the circumstances. Yet when someone else cuts me off in traffic, he is a jerk. I question his judgment, his moral character, and…

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The Importance of Having a Hobby

A hobby is typically defined as an activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure. For example, as a self-avowed entertainment enthusiast, I like to collect movie/TV/pop culture memorabilia; I also enjoy photography and reading. I especially love Star Wars, James Bond, and the Green Bay Packers, as evidenced…

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The Perfect Enemy

There is a phrase that I have thought about lately – the perfect is the enemy of the good! I heard this years ago, but it didn’t capture my imagination back then as it has more recently, when I’ve come to see how necessary it is for me to use this insight. How can perfection…