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How to Whack Your Way Out of the Weeds

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Do you, every once in a while, feel overwhelmed by ALL you have to do? If so, take heed – managing your stress can save your sanity!

In the restaurant industry, servers and cooks who cannot keep up with customer demands are “weeded.”


1) To have too much to do. 2) To not be able to keep up or accomplish all the tasks set before you. 3) A feeling or act of being behind in one’s work. 4) A very bad place. i.e. “I have too many tables, I’m very weeded!” or “No hands I’m weeded up bad” or “I’m so deep in the weeds I can’t see the light!”

Life in the Weeds

At this moment I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Too much to do, not enough time; priorities piled on priorities; and then, along comes something else – a very important something – and, TA DA! – I’m weeded… with no weed-whacker in sight.

What to do?  Well at first I simply chant an old mandra: I am richly blessed… But, truth be told, it doesn’t help much.  So, in desperation I surf the web for OPs’ solutions. And find good ideas from Other People that will help me keep my sanity intact – I share them here with you in the hopes they may Continue reading » How to Whack Your Way Out of the Weeds

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We Are So Blessed

It’s the season of civic responsibility again.

Ellie and I wage an ongoing battle against helplessness.  No matter what topic we write about, we are always headed in the direction of showing you places where you can take control of your life, your mood, or your circumstances.

Next Tuesday is election day.  No matter what you think of the candidates, it is your chance to express your opinion about the direction you want for our country.  It’s the one opinion poll that really counts.  So please, vote this Tuesday.  We all count.

Below is a reprise of the fight to give women the vote.  It is a precious right.

Originally published on July 6th, 2010.

Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

— Alice Paul

I know that there are times when we forget just how blessed we truly are. The relentless waves of bad news hit us day after day whether via newspapers or TV or helpful friends wanting to be sure that we know of the latest betrayal or tragedy. As we sit there and process the latest news, we tend to worry that the good ol’ US of A is going to hell in a hand basket. My question – What are you doing about it?

As I was scanning the morning news, I found this article on the elections in Mexico. As a country, they are having to fight for the right to elect the people they want. It’s not that the polls aren’t open, it is that the drug cartels are Continue reading » We Are So Blessed


It’s In There

Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.

— Mother Teresa

Prego Spaghetti Sauce has a tag line – “It’s in there.”  In their commercials, various people would ask about this or that favorite ingredient that their mother had used when making her spaghetti sauce and the answer was always the same – It’s in there.  So, you don’t need to make sauce yourself, just use Prego, ’cuz it’s got everything you could possibly want.

When it comes to us, just like with Prego, we have Continue reading » It’s In There

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Time to Spiff Up That Normal Life?

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Have you ever been tempted to spiff-up your perfectly normal life in order to impress OPs (Other People) in your life?

High school – forget it. Jocks became jocks, cheerleaders became cheerleaders. We became us. I like us.

— Kenneth Wurman (Courtney Gains)
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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’d vacationed with two of my high school buddies.  Now we’re making plans for another staycation at one of their homes so we can attend our high school class reunion – it’s one of those milestones.  And naturally we’re contemplating whether or not we really want to Continue reading » Time to Spiff Up That Normal Life?

Double Jeopardy

Talking to Ourselves

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The words that we carry in our minds are able to change any moment.

— John Ortberg

Everything I have ever done has been in spite of my view of myself.  Over time, I’ve learned that by putting the right words in my mind, I can greatly increase my flexibility and creativity.  I can improve my view of myself, at least temporarily.

Many years ago, when I was working for Big Business, my manager announced Continue reading » Talking to Ourselves