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Anger Mismanagement

After my husband divorced me in spring 1992, I was a thirty-four-year-old, emotionally devastated, beautiful but angry woman. An angry heart corrupts physical beauty because as hard as we try to mask it, anger ekes out through our tone, facial expressions, words, and behaviors. Those two years subsequent to the […]

Self-Serve Apology Bar Now Open

Conflict and misunderstandings are a part of life. While self-service is good in food service, it has no part in relationships. Don’t give a self-serving apology just to placate your own guilt, check your motive. Read about wording your apologies so they are readily accepted, bearing balm to the wounded soul, causing that party to grant you the merciful forgiveness key to restoring broken trust and rapport.

Don’t Poke the Bear

“Hey, don’t poke the bear, buddy.” We know what happens, the bear fights back. Not a good place for humans to be. Discussing my elderly Dads progress with his therapist, I asked if she’d heard from his health insurance provider as to continued coverage. “Not yet” she replied. Simultaneously we […]

A Gummer & Plumber

This is a tale of two men, one a toothless sludge remover, the other a jack of all trades. Both men shared the counter of a neighborhood diner. The place didn’t matter. The scene plays out everywhere. The robust coffee, home cooking and cheap prices drew them in daily. Maybe […]

How’s Your Spidey Sense?

Half asleep, coffee in hand, I opened my front door early one summer morning to check the weather. While observing my pretty garden, I robotically stepped outside when I jerked back reflexively. There he hung … in all his blackness, red beady eyes glistening in the sunlight. One creepy spider […]