“Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless. Christmas dinner’s dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey’s point of view.” ~ Shel Silverstein “I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time, and I am quite proud … Continue reading HAPPY FREAKING THANKSGIVING
FAMILIES THAT DINE TOGETHER SHINE TOGETHER
"After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." ~ Oscar Wilde "We sat together as a family for dinner at night. And my mother had a job. My dad had a job. But there was always a meal on the table at 6:00, you know." ~ Trisha Yearwood "When I'm sittin' … Continue reading FAMILIES THAT DINE TOGETHER SHINE TOGETHER
SERIES ~ PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED – PART THREE: WORKING / SCHOOLING FROM HOME
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt “Now that companies have built the framework – and experienced the cost and time savings associated with it – there’s no real reason to turn back.” – Mark Lobosco, VP of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn "In a two-parent home where both … Continue reading SERIES ~ PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED – PART THREE: WORKING / SCHOOLING FROM HOME
SERIES ~ PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED – PART ONE: VACCINES, TESTING & TREATMENTS
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard, Philosopher There is no doubt that America and the world have experienced an extraordinary two years. And we continue to battle the terrifying novel coronavirus --COVID-19 -- and its apparently even worse Delta variant, as well as the newest threat, … Continue reading SERIES ~ PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED – PART ONE: VACCINES, TESTING & TREATMENTS
MAKING LEMONADE DURING THE PANDEMIC
"Turn failure into Victory, don't let your courage fade; And if you get a Lemon, Just make the Lemon Aid (sic)." ~ Men's Wear, Vol. 26, page 65 "He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand." ~ Elbert Hubbard "If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade." ~ … Continue reading MAKING LEMONADE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Agree to Disagree Agreeably
"Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress." ~ Mahatma Gandhi There have been a number of reports over the past two years of political disagreements, especially over the 2016 presidential election, driving a wedge between friends and family members. A radio interview of a father and son revealed their divide. An on-air TV interview highlighted … Continue reading Agree to Disagree Agreeably
“Out of the Mouth of Babes”
"Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes
and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?"
~ Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Bible, Mathew 21:16
According to some Biblical scholars, the meaning of the above-captioned quote is that children can often see and express truths in their purest forms that adults often overlook or fail to grasp. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, children are writing to President-Elect Donald Trump asking him to be kind, and the mother of the little boy who inspired this effort has established a private Facebook page to allow children to post their letters and comments about kindness to Mr. Trump.
College Campus “Etiquette”: Yes Means Yes, No Means No
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"Enough is enough.
It’s time to stop sexual assaults on our college campuses."
Dining Etiquette Series – Responsibilities of a Host
A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
~ Horace, Roman lyric poet, satirist, and critic, 65 – 8 B.C.
Now that autumn has arrived and the busy fall entertaining season begins, I’m returning to topics of dining etiquette. As a student, your future very likely will include formal entertaining and hosting for both personal and business occasions. As Horace observed millennia ago, planning and implementing a dinner or luncheon party can be fraught with opportunities for mishaps, often referred to as Murphy’s Law.
Goodbye Parents, Hello College – Part 2
You say "Goodbye" and I say "Hello. Hello, hello."
Hello, Goodbye, by the Beatles
You’ve already visited your campus, taken the tours, met with some key people, attended orientation sessions, received your welcome packet, activated whatever needs to be activated – or are in the process of doing so – discussed and negotiated various subjects with your parents, met your new roommate and your RA, and so on. If you haven’t completed all of the aforementioned, let’s start with your parents: