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Ten Rules for Happiness by Dorothy Dix

(Dorothy Dix was an advice columnist during the first half of the 20th century. This was one of her most frequently reprinted columns.) First. Make up your mind to be happy. Happiness is largely a matter of self-hypnotism. You can … Continue reading

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Positions, power, and people

Mark Horstman, whose Career Tools podcast is usually on my iPhone, says there are three kinds of power in business.  That which comes from 1) position, 2) skills, and 3) relationships. Sometimes these coincide, but often I’ve found that people look … Continue reading

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A remarkable kiss

From “Mortal Lessons”, Richard Selzer M.D. “I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish.  A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth, … Continue reading

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The second half of your life

Sometime last year, I was on the rower at my gym, where I’m found quite often, going nowhere fast as I like to say. On the TV hanging from the ceiling was The Today Show, and Al Roker was wishing … Continue reading

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What You Leave Behind

At a non-profit organization of which I’m a member, we are looking at a major capital campaign (or at least major for us), of more than seven figures, and I am on the committee to look into the feasibility of … Continue reading

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A source of contentment

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was duty. I acted and behold, duty was joy.” R. Tagore A contented person has a servant’s heart.

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“The Not So Big Life”: Quality over quantity

Sarah Susanka made her name as an author by writing about how the space of a home should be about quality rather than quantity in her book, “The Not So Big House“.  A few years later, in  ”The Not So … Continue reading

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You determine your character

We all become frustrated, indeed downright upset, sometimes over those things we cannot control.  Chief among these for me is the feeling that I might be misperceived or characterized falsely.  The process of letting go of trying to control that … Continue reading

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Everyone has a VW Beetle story

There are few object shapes as iconic as the Volkswagon Beetle.  Even today, decades after the car stopped being sold in the U.S., it is probably the most beloved car of all-time. Even the advertisements for the Beetle were award-winning … Continue reading

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The joy of the thankless job

“Winners, no kidding, adore crummy jobs. Why? Because those jobs allow lots and lots of space. Nobody cares! Nobody is watching! You’re on your own! You are King! You can get your hands dirty, make mistakes, take risks, perform miracles!  … Continue reading

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