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My Favorite Daughter



cccMy daughter Cindy had a birthday last Friday. Since then she’s been 52 years old. That’s dating both of us, I know, but it’s true nonetheless.

She flew down from the chilly Autumn of Maryland to the pleasant, sunshiny and warm Autumn of Florida to let us help her celebrate. She’s a very active lady with her dog training business See Spot Grin, and it’s difficult for her to find enough contiguous time in her busy schedule to fly down to spend a few days with Mom and Dad. But she always tries and usually succeeds—just like she does with everything else, I might add.

She and Barbara were able to spend some quality time together. They always enjoy going shopping together, and they enjoy each others company completely. (Proof: You should see and hear them when they get on one of their laughing jags!) Read more

4 Simple Keys to Success



8087-success-in-life-is-not-about-luck-it-is-about-managed-thoughtsDo you find it hard to be sucessful? To get things accomplished? To get things checked off your checklist? I’ll bet you do. I think we all do.

When you work from home—or just on a schedule that varies from day to day as most of us bloggers and entrepreneurs do—as nice and wonderful as that seems to be, it’s easy to drift into doing something you shouldn’t be doing that keeps you from getting done what you set out to do in the first place.

The Oldest Puzzle in the Universe

Where does the time go? That’s a puzzle that’s been plaguing mankind since the days of the Neanderthals. I’m not sure anyone has figured out the real answer to that question, but we have figured out some ways to cope with the problems it makes. Read more

Everybody’s Got a Story to Tell


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scary monster from clarityunlimited smIf you’re a blogger, whether you’re new at the game or someone who’s been at it for a long, long time or someone somewhere in between, there will be times when that monster of self-doubt will creep maliciously into your life. That monster that plots to throw all sorts of insidious obstacles at you to get you out of the blogging business.

If you’re a newcomer, it’ll probably be telling you you’re not really cut out for this sort of thing.

If you’re an old-timer, the monster might be sending you signs that you’ve said all there is to say and you don’t have anything else to offer.

If you’re somewhere in between, it might be some combination of the two or something completely different.

But Wait! Here’s the Good News!

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The Future Lies Ahead! No! Really!


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Vacation Complete! Back to Work!Back to Work

That long awaited vacation of mine that I told you about is over, and it’s time to get back to work.

You know that I urge all of you to take the time off that you deserve. So I did just that! I decided to practice what I’ve been preaching to you for so long. You know that old saying: “Do as I say, not as I do.” Now though, at least this time, I can say: “Do as I do too!”

And let me tell you, it’s just as I said it would be. How good it is to be able to relax with the family, do nothing but what we all really want to do. And to be able to reflect on where I’ve been, where I am and where I want to go in the future. Read more

How Long Should a Blog Post Be?


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Boy, oh boy!  If this isn’t the 64 dollar question, I don’t know what is.  For a beginning blogger, there is no more relevant question.  It’s a question that can shred a new blogger’s soul from top to bottom.

The answers to this question range from 100 to 2000 or 3000 words.  I’ve even seen 10,000 words been thrown around as the ideal length.  Every expert has an answer and every expert thinks his or her answer is correct.

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Ginormous, Long Posts

Some very respectable power bloggers are quite insistent that any blog post worth its salt should be at least 2000 or more words and the longer the better.  And they have published some very worthy posts that bearing their names that tend to prove their point.

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