Q is for Quiet

How often do you get the opportunity to be still and have quiet time?  A few years ago, I was walking on the beach early in the morning in Connecticut and I met a man who told me he needed seven minutes of silence a day.  I gave this some consideration as I continued my … Read more

P is for Please

I wrote an article a few years ago on common courtesy and it struck a chord with many people.  It seems that people today do not have good manners which is a shame.  A simple “please” or “thank you” can go a long way in gaining one’s attention and respect. It goes beyond that in … Read more

O is for Organized

Society views an organized person as one who is successful or at least has their act together.  We tend to think of messy people as lazy or slobs or even ill.  I watched for the first time a show on hoarders and I do have to admit that there were some scary things depicted in … Read more

N is for Notoriety

Take a moment and ponder this question – when you pass away, how do you want to be remembered?  We recently lost a family member who died at the age of 85.  He was married and had six children which in of itself was quite an accomplishment.  However, he also worked for the State Department … Read more

M is for Movement

I was listening to the John Tesh radio show and he mentioned that to be more productive you must follow the 50-10 principle; 50 minutes doing your work and 10 minutes spent on mindless activity.  By allowing your mind to wander for 10 minutes, you will actually be more focused after than if you worked … Read more

L is for Lesson

When we were children, we had lessons on a variety of different topics including math, history, science, and English.  Depending on what kind of student you were, you may have preferred some subjects over others and excelled in areas that you never thought possible. As we get older, we may think that we don’t have … Read more

J is for Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence.  It is not only a fun word to say but is delicious too.  Most jambalaya recipes call for either a fish and a protein or two proteins like sausage and chicken.  However you make it, it is a real comfort food. Most of the … Read more

I is for Invest

My father was a banker on Wall Street so my brother and I were taught to save our money in order to invest in our future.  By following his advice, I was able to travel to 13 countries in Europe after graduating from college, buy a car, and later buy a house.  After I had … Read more

E is for Engage

Recently my alma mater changed the name of their Alumni Relations department to Alumni Engagement, which supposedly other universities are doing as well.  I thought this was a good idea because engaging someone is very different from relating to someone.  The major difference is that you may feel there are commonalities with you and someone … Read more

D is for Dare

When I think of the word “dare” the first thought that comes to my mind is the childhood game, Truth or Dare.   In that game, if you ended up taking the dare, it usually meant you had to do something unappealing like eat dirt or kiss a boy (which was a big ew! back then). … Read more