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Word of the Week: WUSS   Unusual words thrill me, but words that sound like what they mean have a special place in my heart. This Word of the Week comes courtesy of former Governor Ed Rendell, and his new book, A Nation of Wusses. In the book, his point is that America's leaders (politicians) hav...
In the early 1970s a study was conducted ranking the levels of stress 43 different life events produced, and if the amount, and type of stress induced illness.   Back then, a change of living conditions, or change of residence fell in the middle, somewhere between a loss of job and changes in so...
For all the positive market reports, and anecdotal stories, these are still very difficult times for too many.  While probably not Janna's intent, am re-blogging because it reminded me that as more comfortable it is to go with all the happy stuff, it's crucial to remember that in a little over fi...
It happens to us all...we're busy, short on time, and like shopping on December 24th, we grab the first thing that makes sense and lets us get going. But wonderful words are all around us. Words that add dimension and clarity. Words that elevate the conversation, and make for better communication...
Searching for that perfect gift for that special guy? Something to show dad, hubby, or grad just how important he really is to you? Or maybe that one, last final touch to make the man cave complete? Well, you're in luck. Just in time for HIS big day, Yankee Candle introduces Man Candles.   Seen a...
Having a property professionally prepared for sale (a.k.a. "Staging") guarantees nothing. Staging a property is the proverbial third leg of the stool, support for both a seller who is ready and willling to do what it takes, and an agent who has diligently priced and will appropriately market a pr...
Meteorologists define winter as the time span from December 21 to March 20th. To baseball fans, winter is that flat, joyless time that kicks in sometime in October, and lasts clear up until around Valentines Day. Depending on how your team did, symptoms can be resignation, disgust, determination;...
(Edited from original post, May 2011)   Within the American Legion, each state has a position known as Department Commander. It's elected position with a term of one year, where the Commander tours every post in the state to meet the members and other dignitaries. They also speak at different fu...
Google Alerts, and On Being A Successful Optimist Gotta love Google Analytics, and the alerts you set up to skim tidbits out of cyber-space on your behalf...I have several: most to make sure my intellectual property stays mine, but a few to see who else is talking about the same concepts and dire...
Ahhh, it's May, and this weekend the annual wave of commencement ceremonies begins. And yes, I know, the inevitable Doonsbury comics, but that's not where we're going right now... ANYWAY~ Unless you were Stanford '05, chances are good to excellent you have no memory of who delivered your commenc...

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