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I belong to a local Optimist club. Please don’t tell me you haven’t heard of the Optimist Club!  Okay, don’t feel bad about that.  Many don’t know such a group exists.  To know more about them visit their website.  They have a great creed. At times members bring an auction item to raise funds for the club.  […]

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We take care of our two-year-old granddaughter during the week. I work at home which means I don’t work at home :).   I’ve always been one that needs a big block of time in order to write something.  Now my block has been shattered to bits! I’ve learned to be productive in little spaces of […]

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How NOT to Lose a Job!

  I had a former boss who said, “You learn more from your mistakes that your successes.”  I’m not sure if he was trying to encourage me or warn me. I learned one of those lessons lately and it cost me a possible job.  I had applied for a communications/media job.  I knew I was […]

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Money Saving Relationships

I enjoy bargains.  I don’t like to pay full price for anything.  My wife would say I’m a penny pincher.  I would say I’m a wise shopper.  In the end I usually save money.  My wife has a different approach.  She comes back from a shopping trip and says, “You won’t believe how much money […]

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The Impossible Narcissist Boss

    The Impossible Narcissist Boss When growing up, I inherited a little desk plaque that read: “It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am.”  A narcissist is a self-made man who worships his creator!  In their inflated view, everything revolves around them.  Do you know someone like that?  What […]

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Labor Day and the Work of Relationships

  Sometimes we look to accomplish something without working for it; diets for example.  Have you been down the diet section of a bookstore lately?  There are rows of great ideas to lose weight, many of them the “easy” way.  You probably couldn’t sell a book called, “The Hard Work of Losing Weight.”  Let’s face it; […]

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Business Referrals: Stop Fishing and Start Farming!

  Business is based on networking and referrals.  Have you ever looked at how you get those referrals?  Here are a couple of ways one can look at this: Fishing for Referrals Fishing involves setting the right bait, location, and luck.  It is like hunting and bagging your limit.  Or being at the “Referral Shooting […]

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Communication Tools

Can You Hear Me Now? by Wally Johnston (c) 2013  (Also published at Ernest Hemmingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” This child didn’t have the pledge quite right: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic where witches dance, one Nation, under God, […]

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How To Be A Healthy Helper

Helping Without Hurting Yourself by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 We have all seen them. They stand on the corner with very creative cardboard signs: “Will work for food”; “Anything would help. “ A friend said they saw a young man, maybe thirty years of age, standing on a corner with this sign: “Need help: Homeless […]

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