Wake-up call

I think “wake-up call” may be one of most misused phrases in our language. It is typically used to describe a surprise, something that suddenly popped up and really got our attention. Then it follows that we actually “woke up” and started taking action, like metaphorically getting out of bed and getting on with our day. For…

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The next step

As I crossed over the 10-mile mark with my running form fully in the groove, my mind began to wander.  The endorphins had kicked in and I was enjoying the half-marathon, but I couldn’t help thinking about 2 years ago. That’s when I huffed and puffed my way through my first mile, on a quest…

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In other words

The crisp Autumn air is rolling in and the season has begun… that’s right, election campaign season!  Should I publicly pick a side and alienate exactly half my friends?  No. I’d rather have some fun pointing out how politicians spin the English language. A clever euphemism can be a powerful ally in a campaign, and…

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The day after

The images from September 11, 2001 are permanently etched on our national consciousness.  I’ll never forget what happened, and pray that it never happens again.  I’d like to propose that September 12 be the real holiday… the day we all came together.  We were unified as Americans, flying flags of freedom, connected to each other’s…

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Going deep

Can you smell it?  Football season is in the air again.  I just joined in for a few downs with some neighborhood teenagers playing touch in the street in front of my house. As I counted down one Mississippi to five Mississippi before rushing the quarterback, I flashed back to the glory days of mud…

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What matters most

Have you ever made a ranked list of what matters most to you in your life?  Not easy, is it?  And the minute you make that assessment, your circumstances could change.  That’s the thing about priorities… they are relative and situational.  What used to be #1 on your list could drop like a rock, and #10…

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Turn it on

When you ask co-workers to turn on webcams during an online meeting, some will say “Sure!” and appreciate the social connectedness it brings.  Some will reject it faster than a bushman afraid of losing his soul.  Everyone wants to look their best at work, but why is webcam video so different than a face to…

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Half way there

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” “Settle down kids, we’re half way there,” my dad reassured us on the long drive to Grandma’s house.  We settled back in the big black vinyl seat with our comic books and toys.  There was something comforting about “half way there.” It showed we were really making…

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