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May 1 , 2022 /

COLLECTORS

Many of us are or have been collectors.  We collect all kinds of things and some people specialize in a niche that would not have occurred to the rest of us. Here is a list of 17 strange ones. Unopened Coca-Cola bottles?  OK, I once collected matchbook covers and one U.S. coin from every year.

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April 21 , 2022 /

ROADS LESS TRAVELED

We spend a fair amount of time each year traveling on the highways in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  Much of that time is in our RV, SUGAR 8, named for us (SUsie & GARy) and our 8th RV in 25 years.  That’s another story for another time.  This piece is about our choices

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April 16 , 2022 /

EASTER 2022

Here we are again, an inflection point on the liturgical calendar, the conjoining of Passover and Easter – Jewish and Christian holy days to celebrate accordingly.  What we make of it is up to each of us and our families to make of it what we will.  The image accompanying this post are the decorated

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April 8 , 2022 /

SHIFT HAPPENS

When I had the opportunity to shift from full-time to part-time work, I wasn’t sure how to make that transition easily or in a timely way.  Do I just flip the switch and go from full-time, whatever that is, to part-time, whatever that is?  I had to first assess the time factors and define hours

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April 5 , 2022 /

BZ and AZ

BEFORE ZOOM and AFTER ZOOM When I started a new chapter as a consultant and a coach in 1999, and worked for a consulting company as an independent, self-employed, contract consultant, we communicated with each other and clients via email, free conference telephone calls and mobile phone calls remotely from anywhere we had service.  At

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April 1 , 2022 /

END OF MARCH – COACHING

This post is about COACHING, not the basketball kind, although it is the end of March and the end to the march to the Final Four.  The title is a double entendre and I am using the analogy to illustrate some similarities.   I filled out my bracket and picked the Final Four who will

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March 31 , 2022 /

BETTER LIVING

The phrase “Better Living Through Chemistry” is a variant of a DuPont advertising slogan, “Better Things for Better Living… Through Chemistry.” DuPont adopted it in 1935 and it was their slogan until 1982 when the “Through Chemistry” part was dropped. Since 1999, their slogan has been “The miracles of science”.  Either way, they elevated “better

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March 26 , 2022 /

CHOICES

Every choice we have made has brought us to where we are at this moment in time.  That and the choices we make today will likely influence where we’re headed tomorrow. Here is one story that illustrates the inevitable choice > consequence (result) equation.  Name is changed to protect privacy. 1 – Andrew, who did

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March 22 , 2022 /

THE SERVICE FACTOR: CUSTOMER CARE

When did the shift occur when companies, including grocery stores and department stores, started wanting customers to do what they did previously?  Examples are self-checkout and online apps for financial services, communication, health care, government agencies, and others.  It seems like an ill-informed move toward cost-cutting by having fewer or lower paid employees.  Now we

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