How to Make Loss Work For You

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For the many fans of A Prairie Home Companion, the live radio show hosted by Garrison Keillor, it was a week of saying good-bye.  Keillor, the forever inventive host decided to “hang it up,” leaving many fans mourning the loss of a friend who has been around for decades. It was a week of goodbye for me, too. My standard poodle Holly quietly slipped away to romp in “the fields …
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Your New Year Starts Today

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New Year’s Day, beginning of the quarter, your birthday, even Independence Day.  What day do you “start over”?  What day do you draw a line under what has been, turn the page and move on with the “rest of your life”? With a slightly face red, I confess that I have used all of them as a points to say from now on… July 3rd is my birthday and like …
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What’s on Your List?

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When I got home from vacation last week, I decided to do a purge of my office, clearing off my desk and going through my papers.  In the process I discovered handouts from a great conference I attended in May.  I had intended to use the notes to up my own game and to share the nuggets with various clients.  I also found worksheets I had intended to use to …
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Remembering What You Already Know

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The first time I went to Europe I was a teenager.  Arriving in Madrid, smelling garlic simmering in olive oil, I knew I wasn’t in Kansas (or in Jackson, Tennessee in my case) anymore.  The fragrance was exotic and attractive and I was thrilled to be someplace different. Decades and many trips later, I was back in Madrid for the second time in my life.  The narrow winding streets lined …
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Are You Repelling What You Want Most?

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Have you ever wanted to fit in?  Be recognized?  Included?  If you are like most of us, the answer is: Of course! Some years ago, I joined a professional association.  All the members had different and impressive resumes.  It seemed everyone else knew the “secret sauce.”  But I was no amateur, I told myself.  I had experience and credentials too.  I needed to let them know how good I was. …
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