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Loving Mondays

Loving Mondays

I like Mondays. It is a strange take on life.  According to an article in Forbes, “Fully 80% of people say Monday is their most stressful day at work, and 41% of people dislike Mondays the most, compared to the other days.” Don’t get me wrong—it’s not my favorite day...

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Saving Resources

Saving Resources

Thrifty, one of our core values, may seem simple to define. However, it's crucial to understand that it's not synonymous with 'cheap '. We like to use the definition of maximizing resources. When we get the most out of our resources, we are thrifty. To some, we are...

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Ch-Ch-Change

Ch-Ch-Change

My granddaughter doesn’t like to get out of her pajamas, no matter what activity is coming next. It can be a regular day when going to daycare, a place she seems to love, is next on the agenda, or church, shopping, or even getting donuts. She doesn’t want to change...

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Let Me Help You Out

Let Me Help You Out

Last week, my brother Justin and I were talking, and during the conversation, he mentioned how happy he was with his life. Recently, I was part of a larger conversation that started with someone complaining about how bad their life had been. Warning: People...

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Advanced Grandparenting

Advanced Grandparenting

I have heard people worry about the world their Grandchildren will be left to live in. This is often why people cite when acting to advance change or protect the status quo. People on both sides of the political aisle use it to justify their actions. People often...

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Covers

Covers

The word "cover" has fourteen meanings—nine as a verb and five as a noun. I'm going to discuss the third meaning of the word as a noun: a recording or performance of a previously recorded song made especially to take advantage of the original's success. For example,...

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Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully

I just turned 55. I don’t think of it as a big deal. 55 is a fun number, but I remember looking forward to 2020 because it was a fun number, and most people didn’t like the year 2020. My brother-in-law brought up a site listing all the discounts available to people...

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Super Bowl vs Golf

Super Bowl vs Golf

This past Sunday was the Super Bowl. It's one of only two to ever go to overtime. A classic. One for the ages. It wasn't the most thrilling sporting event of the weekend. Not even close. The Phoenix Open was just down the street from where I was on Super Bowl Sunday....

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Context

Context

Context.   (Warning: this blog isn't going to be about politics. Although my example comes from the halls of Congress.) A few months ago, the presidents of three prestigious universities (Harvard, Penn, and MIT) were called before a congressional hearing and...

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Not Allowed

Not Allowed

I recently had neck surgery. The doctors put restrictions on what I was allowed to do during the recovery from surgery. Immediately after surgery, they told me to limit my twisting and turning of my neck, running, jumping, and lifting anything over 10 pounds. I was...

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