Weekend Reflections

The Power of Almost Perfect Practice

May 1, 2016

As the school year wraps up, I reflect on the intersection of learning a new skill and encouragement. My daughter is nearing the end of her first year of playing the trumpet for her middle school band. From my perspective, she’s done remarkably well. To hear her tell it though, you’d form a different conclusion. […]

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Five Stories of Giving Thanks and Gratitude

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Here are some of my favorites posts related to giving thanks and gratitude: 1. Comedian Sarah Silverman is not the first person I look to for inspiration, but I appreciated her take on creating happiness in The Difference between Finding Happiness and Being Miserable. 2. Show your gratitude to the people you […]

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18 Quotes to Inspire Your Attitude of Gratitude

November 26, 2014

Tomorrow is my country’s national day of Thanksgiving. Here are some quotations to help you form an “attitude of gratitude.” Which one is your favorite? “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust “Do not spoil what you have […]

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Labor Day Factoids and Reflections

September 2, 2013

If you’re an American reading this today, Happy Labor Day! Feeling kind of curious about this holiday? You might find this summary of Labor Day factoids from CNN interesting. Me? I’m feeling more pensive at the moment. Labor Day is always the day before school starts, marking the end of our summer and the transition into […]

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The Bridge Between Goals and Accomplishments

February 3, 2013

Mr. People Equation is taking a fitness course. The instructor gave the students this tee shirt. I like it. A lot.

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My Favorite Cool Yule Christmas Song

December 21, 2012

Everytime I hear this song, I am instantly happy. With its doo-wop rhythm and finish with a gospel organ flourish, it never fails to please.   I love this video version and can only hope I am this cool and hip when I reach this age. Wait, I’m not cool and hip right now. Oh […]

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When There Are No Words

December 17, 2012

I’m a blogger. That means I put my writing out into the world for others to see. But sometimes, there are no words. That’s how I feel today. What could I possibly say that would help? It seems frivolous to write about workplace dynamics when our nation deals with the horrifying story of mass shootings […]

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Simplicity and a Happy Life

December 9, 2012

“Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.” –         Marcus Aurelius   An excellent reminder for me this time of year – it’s the smallest things that bring the most joy. Every year, when we decorate for Christmas, the placement of “Santa Egg” brings on much discussion. Santa Egg is a […]

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Creating New Holiday Traditions – What’s the Right Ratio?

November 25, 2012

As a parent, I know that traditions are an important part of holiday celebrations for one’s children. This year, when we learned that it would be just our immediate family for Thanksgiving, Mr. People Equation and I discussed a way for us to create a new family tradition. How could we honor this uniquely American […]

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Matchbooks and Memories

October 21, 2012

  When you see this photo, what comes to mind?   Cigarettes?   Camp fires?   Birthday cakes?   Do you even recognize what this is?   We were at a pumpkin-carving party and needed to light our completed Jack-o’-Lanterns. The party hostess rummaged in a drawer and found this book of matches. Immediately, Mr. […]

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