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Sometimes It Is Hard

  Friday I was on vacation, on a boat, in the Galapagos. It is truly a beautiful place.  We were headed out to go hike a remote island, and go snorkeling.  On the way there, the fateful text came.  The question was – my dad was dying.  He had an infection that was not responding…
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Why Are Men Not Full Partners?

One gripe I hear over and over from my girlfriends is that their husbands, significant others, boyfriends, or ex-husbands are clueless.  They don’t help around the house, they don’t pick up after themselves, they don’t cook, and they don’t do much of anything, except work.  So, why are men not full partners? I think that…
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It’s Not Babysitting When It’s Your Own Kids

My husband was really confused the first time he took our three oldest kids to the zoo by himself.  Random people kept walking up to him all day long, and congratulating him for “babysitting” his kids.  Um, Really?  Let me make this one perfectly clear, in case you haven’t guessed by now.  It’s not babysitting…
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5 Simple, Easy Ways To Boost Employee Morale

Being a manager, supervisor, mentor, or team lead carries a lot of weight.  You are responsible for making sure that your team gets work done, on time, with quality.  Morale is something that feeds into this heavy.  A happier team is generally more motivated to go the extra mile, and work that little bit harder.…
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I’m Better Because I Breast Fed My Children

Given all of the mommy wars, I thought I’d put out that I’m better because I breast fed my children.  Because of all of those health benefits.  Alas, I wasn’t so ‘good’ that I managed to cloth diaper my children.  I’m pretty sure one or two of them got organic something or other too, so…
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Head Must Not Explode

I’m competitive, I’ll admit it, but I really do get tired of running like a crazy woman.  I sign up for things months out, and somehow they seem to manage to all bunch up at the worst possible time.  This week, I had to move my dad to a new facility, get him admitted to…
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Dig In

Tenacity is a great trait to see in people.  The ability to dig in and stick with a problem, even when things aren’t going well, is very important.  At work, at girl scouts, and at home, we’re trying to teach people to become problem solvers and leaders.  One of the marks of a leader and…
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They’re Just Testing Us

One of my kids left the freezer door open today, and another one left the door to the attic open.  I think that they’re just testing us to see if we’re paying attention.  Maybe they’re trying to see if their father’s head can spin off his shoulders?  Or how much beer they can drive Dad…
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I Am A Sandwich

My generation is frequently referred to as the sandwich generation, with one generation of small children at home, responsibility for caring for ailing parents, and the need to work full time in the face of pensions that have long gone by the wayside.  Right now, I am a sandwich.  I am THE sandwich stuffing in…
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It’s Not Wasting Your Degree

I have a lot of friends who choose to stay home, and either quit working while their children are small, or decide to take on a less demanding role at work.  One of the most insensitive comments that I’ve heard from people is “Why are you wasting your degree?”   The person uttering that comment…
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