14 Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day Alone

213Many of my friends are single, divorced or widowed, like me. Some of them hate Valentine’s Day. I don’t.

Before I married at the ripe old age of 34 I was never the gal who was always in a relationship. In my adult life I’ve spent about as many Valentine’s Days alone as I have with a boyfriend or spouse. Continue reading

Do you see the tremendous treasure of time off?

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Rooftop Toast!

Finding ourselves dateless and craving a stress free New Year’s Eve, my friend Susan and I decided to celebrate the passing of 2016 with a relaxing movie marathon sleepover.

We scheduled massages in the afternoon of the 31st, saw a movie and then she came to my place. We talked of life, shared stories, listened to music, made a sumptuous dinner of braised lamb shanks, and drank a little Champagne. (And by ‘a little’ I mean a lot!) Then we Continue reading

Big Blunders to Avoid in Networking

speaking-at-book-festivalHaving been a speaker and writer for many years, I attend a lot of networking events and I enjoy them. Over the years I’ve created quite a strong network of connections. Many of my friends who are speakers, writers and coaches have been telling me for years that I should talk about networking because of my reputation for knowing and introducing people.

Like most folks I tend to devalue something that comes easily to me and not think of it as a skill. (I’m getting better with that!) Now I’ve taken their advice and begun Continue reading

Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling

Sandberg quotePolitics aside…can we do that? Can we, just for a few moments put aside our political preferences, stop yelling about who’s the biggest liar, which side is the best for ‘Merica and which politician Continue reading

Pokémon Go Away!

Pokemon Go AwayIn 2009 only weeks after my husband had died I noticed a strange car sitting across from my house. It was an even distance between the two houses on the other side of the street so I wondered if someone was visiting either neighbor why they didn’t park closer or in the driveway of their host. Continue reading

The Power of Storytelling

Genius“…in the days of cavemen people gathered around the campfire at night and someone would start talking, telling a story, and it made them less afraid.”

Renowned book editor Max Perkins says this to acclaimed author, Thomas Wolfe in the new movie, Genius. (It’s based on the book, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg.) Continue reading