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  • Events & news,  Inspirational quotes,  Politics,  Quotes about authenticity


    “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson Deep down, most of us know the difference between right and wrong, truth and lies. Yet in today’s political culture, too many folks in power don’t respect the truth. Worse yet, their followers don’t seem to mind, listening only to what they want to hear. Here’s a true thing: It takes time and willpower to research the facts, examine all sides of an issue, set aside your own biases, and consider the consequences of all potential outcomes. Thinking for yourself is hard work. At the end of the day, though, you can rest knowing you’ve tried your best…

  • Civility and manners,  Communication,  Events & news,  Photo stories

    When silence is golden

    “Tune out the cheap shots people take at you. Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.” ~Angel Chernoff Often called “too sensitive,” I used to be devastated by criticism of any kind. Thanks to my freelance writing career, I’ve learned that constructive criticism — and even rejection — can lead to growth and improvement if I’m willing to push my ego aside. You don’t have to try freelance writing to learn resilience. Life gives us plenty of opportunities to grow thicker skin. Then again, we need to spot the difference between constructive criticism and “cheap shots,”…

  • Aging well,  Events & news,  Home & Family

    Tune in this evening

    I never know which posts or column links will hit home when I hit “Publish.” So I’m always surprised and happy to hear from readers who follow this blog. Earlier this week, I received an email from radio personality Marie Osborne, who is guest-hosting the Mitch Album Show on WJR (AM 760 on the dial) with Steve Courtney. Marie read my recent Oakland Press column about family heirlooms and why millennials don’t want to inherit them. The topic resonated with her and she invited me to discuss the topic on her show. I’m honored to be asked — and looking forward to it. Tune in to WJR this evening at…

  • Events & news

    Your own footsteps

    “It’s not your job to curb or contain yourself in order to become someone else’s idea of a worthwhile human being. You are amazingly worthwhile and capable right now. Not because other people think you are, but because you are in full control of the next step you take.” ~Marc and Angel Chernoff It’s tempting to follow the footsteps of others we admire. And while it’s easier to build a career, imitate a brand, or adopt a lifestyle that someone else has designed, it’s a lot more satisfying in the long run to create your own. At first it might feel scary to set yourself apart from others. But the…

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    The art of the apology

    “Apologies require taking full responsibility. No half-truths, no partial admissions, no excuses, no rationalizations, no finger pointing, and no justifications belong in any apology.” ~Cathy Burnham Martin I’ve always admired people who know how to apologize. Ironically, some people fear that admitting an error is a sign of weakness. It might seem easier to preserve your dignity by kicking your mistakes under the rug and acting as if they never happened. Or blaming someone else. Or making excuses. In reality, refusing to admit you screwed up comes across as arrogant or uncaring — and makes you look small. Apologizing takes courage, class, and humility. Those who set aside their egos…