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How to embrace being an introvert in an extroverted world

Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Or could you be an ambivert?  Which just means you’re somewhere in between. Recently I read a book by Susan Cain titled “Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” It is a book that shows a deep reverence for the strength in

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Words Have Power

Have you ever wondered at the power of the words you speak? Or even the thoughts you think? Does it really make a difference what you say out loud or under your breath if the only person who hears them is you? When I was a kid we used to take flashlights and intentionally point

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The Chinese Bamboo Tree

The story of the Chinese Bamboo is a great anecdotal illustration of perseverance, patience, faith and trust.  I love to share it with people, especially to those who are struggling to find success at reaching a goal. I fit into that category often so this story has really helped me keep my perspective. This is a

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Good Grief?

“Good grief!” was a phrase I heard a lot growing up in the 1960’s. The Peanuts cartoon had just hit the scene and “Good grief, Charlie Brown” became their signature line. It was also a phrase my parents used frequently as it was an idiom of the times. As I’ve gotten older and experienced a fair amount of

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Gone too soon!

On January 21st, just a week ago this past Saturday we got a call early in the morning that no parent wants to get. My step-daughter, Laura, called from back east to tell us that her brother, Rich Jr., had had a heart attack and died. It was sudden and quick.  He was only 49

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What’s Really Stopping You?

In my last blog I posed the question “What’s Stopping You?” and I took a rather personal and humorous approach to it. If you haven’t read it you can read it here. In this blog, however, I’m going to take a more serious viewpoint to this provocative question. Here is the answer in a nutshell. Your

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