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Choosing our words wisely in a time of change

In no time in history has it been more important to follow the guidance of choosing our words wisely. more

Overused words are, like, totally overused

Do you know someone who has a way with words? Or someone who no have way? Lake Superior State University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has hosted an annual List of Banished Words from the … more

An open letter to the class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Graduates: Congratulations on your accomplishments! You have achieved great ambitions … not only throughout your years of study but also by navigating the time of coronavirus (or … more

Dogs, a cat and those two wolves

Around the horn… We got a new puppy this week. To quote the lady at the shelter, he is “ridiculously cute.” And I agree — not only is he ridiculously cute, but he has completely latched on to … more

Riding the wheels of balanced success

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away?” — That’s the intro to the … more

Not kidding at all — this dachshund is deep

“I’ll take him,” a friend said. A neighbor made the same offer. If Harry outlives me, he’s covered and I will go contentedly to my urn. What I didn’t tell them was that Harry’s services … more

Watch out for fraud connected to legitimate COVID-19 fears

Over the past several months, our country and others around the world have pulled inward, slowed down, and taken a more conservative pace amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Yet, scammers are … more

All that is impossible and unknowable about this moment

Once upon a time, I took it upon myself to start writing down phrases and passages from different sources that spoke to me on sticky notes, and placing them around my world. The other day I came … more

Police and black folks — the swagger and disrespect must end

The argument that we ask police to risk their lives and make split decisions is no excuse for them being wrong when making life-and-death decisions. more

We win when we expect more from ourselves

Have you ever wondered why sometimes we can get so frustrated and even angry at other people because they aren’t serving us fast enough, meeting our needs and demands, or just behaving in a way … more

Money is in the cards, and some will stay there

Four million Americans will find a prepaid debit card in their mailbox soon, if not already. I found mine. How about you? The Economic Impact Payment Cards are going to certain people who filed a tax … more

In the middle of all this I miss my sis

My sister Joyce and I want to do our parts to contain the spread of Covid-19. We’ve observed directives to stay apart and to limit the people we’re in contact with. And I miss her. We grew up in … more

Pandemic leaving us frayed

Here’s a question for “people of a certain age”: Who remembers what the great social/political debate was in the summer of 2001? Anybody? Of course not — September 11 sort of wiped all those … more

Hope and encouragement by only sharing the good stuff

Very early on as we became reliant on computers and technology, software engineers and people in the information technology world quickly recognized that the value of the data being fed into the … more

Channel-surfing once was an exercise in mobility

Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless remote control for television, died on May 12, 2012, at the age of 96. His wife found him in the family room between the couch cushions. High on just … more

Graduation during Coronavirus and Kent State

Graduates: If due to Coronavirus pandemic your school has shut down, I am sorry for your loss of a graduation ceremony.  You may feel anxious, confused, queasy, worried, with your future … more

What’s the bad word? The gall’s in your court

I am accepting nominations for the first annual Like It Or Not List of Banished Words from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. My list shamelessly but gratefully … more

A powerful little book of big quotes

As many of you know, I was the former president of the Zig Ziglar Organization. And many of the life lessons I learned from Mr. Ziglar show up in my writings and in my trainings and keynotes. Several … more

Advice from this crummy COVID commencement

Friends, families, distinguished guests …. Bob. It is an honor to be here today to help the members of the Class of 2020 celebrate their great achievement. Graduates — well done! And … more

Imagine your own quarantine scene

Normalcy. Normalization. Stabilization. Even mobilization. These are words being thrown around about the next “phase” of the coronavirus. My colleague here on these pages, Michael Alcorn, wrote … more
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