Tag Archives: change

Personal growth and chocolate

The smile experiment was a success, sort of. I had to remind myself to greet strangers at first but it gradually became habit. Most people smiled right back, which was quite nice. Others kept their eyes downcast even when I said hello. … Continue reading

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The lollipop syndrome

When I am in the doctor’s office, I feel rude asking questions or challenging a diagnosis. Yet I know that it’s crazy not to. I’m not sure where the fear comes from. I don’t really believe that they will withhold treatment … Continue reading

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Dory tries tandoori

For a few years of my childhood, I refused to eat anything white or yellow. No dairy, no bananas, not even marshmallows. Green foods weren’t high on my list either. Most foods made me uneasy unless they tasted like chocolate. … Continue reading

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Shameless (but fearful) self-promotion

For 14 years, I’ve made my living as a freelance corporate trainer and business writer. I’ve had some ups and downs, but overall I’ve done pretty well, with a lot of repeat business and referrals. Because of this and because … Continue reading

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Stop it, I’m blushing!

The lovely and funny lady at What I Meant 2 Say has honored me with The Versatile Blogger Award. She and her pseudonymous crew always keep me entertained. Many thanks to her! As a recipient of this award, I am … Continue reading

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Bravery or stupidity?

If you have sidewalks where you live, count yourself lucky. My beautiful town has lots of trees and charming old stone walls but, except for a short stretch at the center of town, no sidewalks. This large and fairly rural … Continue reading

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Eyes open, wallet closed

In our household, the tasks of balancing the checkbook and paying bills fall to me. Just worked out that way, which is a nicer way to say that my husband never balanced a checkbook in his life. Managing our money … Continue reading

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