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Why Not Improvise?

January 30th, 2007

…by Prill Boyle When life veers from the script, why not improvise? That\’s what sixty-year old Keni Washington did. Literally. I first met Washington in October of 2003 on a United Airlines flight from Indianapolis to San Francisco. Wearing a black turtleneck and carrying a tenor sax, he stood out from the throng of business travelers and Midwestern moms. He looked intelligent and intense in a gentle sort of way, and I thought to myself, I hope that man sits next to me. And to my delight, he did. As soon as we settled into our seats, we began talking and didn\’t stop until... Read More

“Trust the Rooster”

January 30th, 2007

It was the first night of our long awaited Baja Mexico vacation. We\’d had a great time in Todos Santos with Jim\’s brother Bill and his wife Kelly who took us to Miguel\’s for guacamole and nachos and then on to the famed Hotel California for a long, leisurely dinner. Now we were in bed, 10 pm Baja (Mountain) time. What appeared as a modest, casual little hotel on the web suddenly turned into a cacophony of yapping, snarling dogs serenaded by a cat in heat. Welcome to Mexico! The four-legged locals exhausted themselves around midnight and we finally got some sleep. But not... Read More

ABOUT THOSE WORDS

January 30th, 2007

Traveling over the holidays to visit family outside of Denver, we were fortunate to arrive after a blizzard stranded thousands at the airport, and depart before the cancellation of flights for a second storm. However, our holiday presents were not as fortunate. Okay, things happen. Following up on the undelivered gifts we were informed by a customer service representative, “Your packages are scheduled to arrive on the 26th.” No packages arrived on the 26th or the 27th or the 28th or the 29th … you get the point. Yet each time we called back, we were told they should be delivered... Read More

Breaking Up with Stress

January 30th, 2007

Its tough not be over-stressed these days. But have you ever thought about the possibility that you might actually like being stressed out? That in fact, you might get the same kind of giddy high from having too much to do that you get when you fall IN LOVE? Dr. Kathleen Hall, author of Alter Your Life: Overbooked? Overworked? Overwhelmed?, suggests that living an overly-busy life can create a natural high that affects the pleasure centers of the brain. But the negative consequences – including anxiety, sadness, insomnia, memory loss, confusion, borderline depression, and a whole host of physical... Read More

Eating an Elephant

January 10th, 2007

…by Prill Boyle How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Or so quips former Arkansas state senator Jim Bob Duggar to a Learning Channel (TLC) crew as he explains how he plans to erect a 7,000-square foot house from the ground up-even though he has no prior construction experience. At the time Duggar makes the remark, he and his thirty-nine year old wife Michelle and their fifteen-yes, fifteen-biological children are living in a modest, three-bedroom rental. He envisions the family working together to build an all-steel, ten-bathroom home complete with a commercial kitchen and private... Read More

What The Scale Misses

January 10th, 2007

…by Mary Pearsall At one time or another, you have almost certainly stepped on a scale to check your body weight. But relying on the scale to tell you if you\’re at a healthy body weight can be frustrating. Understanding what the scale does and does not tell you will help you keep the scale\’s information in perspective. The difference between fat and muscle. A scale simply measures your total body weight in pounds (or kilograms). It does not measure how many of those pounds are muscle, bones, blood, etc. and how many are fat. Exercise physiologists call this ratio... Read More

Menopause Allergies: All You Need To Know

January 10th, 2007

Menopause is said to have set in when a women stops ovulating and her period ceases. Menopause allergies are common with some women. Most women reach menopause between the age of 45 and 55 years and the average age for reaching menopause is around 50 years. However, 1% percent of women reach menopause before 40. Referred to as premature menopause, or premature ovarian failure, menopause brings with it a host of discomforts, including allergies from various allergens present in the environment. The immune system of menopausal women goes into disarray and many become susceptible to allergies during... Read More

Networking in the Spotlight

January 10th, 2007

Most everyone in business talks about the importance of networking. But the real power and impact of how “meet and greet” really works usually remains a closely guarded secret. You\’ve no doubt attended a conference, training seminar, or even a singles dance and left wondering why the heck you bothered to comb your hair and wear your best shoes . . . right? If you\’re like most people, it\’s happened many, many times. But that\’s because you never understood what you were there to do. If it was a conference you “knew” you were to sit and listen... Read More

Redeeming the Time

January 10th, 2007

I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands. – Psalm 31:14-15a niv The secretary at my church publishes a monthly newsletter detailing church events and news from the members of the congregation. When I expressed an interest in writing an article to be included, my suggestion was met with great enthusiasm. What she didn\’t know was that she would be dealing with a procrastinator. Sure, I start putting some notes together at the beginning of the month, but I always intend to get them together ‘later.\’ And next thing I know –... Read More

CARVE YOUR SUCCESS KEY

January 10th, 2007

I had just finished commenting to my husband how much I liked the use of copper in the Parade of Homes\’ kitchen we were touring, when I overheard another woman telling her husband how much she disliked the look. It made me laugh. It\’s funny how we see things differently. Work is like that too. It\’s fraught with differences of opinion. One of the more confusing areas can involve your performance. Early in my career, my boss told me my communication skills needed improvement. Five months later, a new boss heralded the same skill-set as a significant strength. While one might... Read More