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Mean What You Say

Misunderstandings are an unfortunate reality of life. A simple misunderstanding can end relationships, shut down business deals, deliver a wrong order – the possibilities are endless. Take for instance, double negatives. Last night, my youngest daughter said she wanted a snack. My oldest daughter said, “You don’t need no snack.” While the younger was upset...

Photography 101

I’ve taken a photography class, pinned some things on Pinterest, and even read a good amount of what I pinned. So, I guess you could pretty much call me a professional photographer. OK, maybe not, but I’ve learned some stuff – things that may serve more purposes than photography alone. So Photography 101 isn’t so...

Like Sands Through the Hourglass

This is the time you gave to me. I’ve heard the lyrics before and sung along with the song, but I never noticed these words before today. I was scanning through the stations, trying to find a song to “turn up the radio” on the way to work, and I caught the middle of a...

What Not to Wear – Unedited

I love(d) What Not to Wear (WNTW). Clinton Kelly’s and Stacey London’s abilities to make anyone look good was undeniable. I always hoped that one day I would just be walking down the street and suddenly be asked questions about my “style” by someone with a microphone and a cameraman, only to find out later...

Everything I Know About Writing, I Learned by Watching Seinfeld

If you don’t believe, no one else will. Telling a good story is a lot like telling a “good” lie. George Costanza once told Jerry, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.” (Jerry needed to pass a lie detector test regarding Melrose Place.) Writing a good story is very similar. You should appreciate the...

How to Have Your Pudding

“You’re ½ Momma, ½ kid,” says my 4-year-old. That sounds about right. Maybe more times than not, I’m a kid pretending to be a Momma. Ever feel like this adulting thing isn’t really what your parents made it out to be? I always assumed when you became an adult, something in you just changed to...

Peter Pan Understands

Pan is the image of freedom. Forever young (also one of my favorite Rod Stewart songs). No rules, no taxes, no fear. I don’t remember being a huge Peter Pan fan as a kid. I didn’t dislike him, I just didn’t think about him a lot. (I always liked the movie Hook though.) And now...

New Ideas – Something Borrowed, Something Bleu

I was trying to think of something worth saying but drawing a complete . . . blank (Grosse Point Blank). It’s not a block – it’s just my mind being lazy. Maybe the real problem is that there really is nothing new to say. Everything has been said and said again. There’s the old adage,...

Milk, Drugs, and Time Travel – Creating the Best You

Remember those milk commercials from the 80s where the awkward kid looks into a tall mirror and then their reflection turns into their future cooler selves, and the cool future self tells the awkward younger self that there’s a lot to look forward to if you drink your milk? Then the kid starts guzzling the...

Getting the Most Out of Introverts

Who doesn’t love a personality test? I do! I don’t give much credit to most of them, but they’re fun. However, the two that seem legit are Motive Matters (Peace is my motive.) and the test that is here (I’m a Mediator – INFP). I took this once before and then took it again recently...