“You Should Smile More”

“You Should Smile More”

There is nothing I hate more than being told to smile. Actually, I take that back. There’s much I hate more than that. Like when the cat yaks a hairball onto the freshly washed down comforter. Or when someone cuts me off and then takes the parking spot I had my...
Why Am I Such a Mess?

Why Am I Such a Mess?

Perhaps you’ve arrived here having Googled some version of this question late at night. I’ve done that. Or maybe you were searching how to clean up an actual mess, like pink silly putty a toddler ground into an off-white carpet. Like that splotch on the...
Aristotle Called Me a Complainer

Aristotle Called Me a Complainer

It showed up in my feed, as such inspirational quotes accompanied by inspiring pictures tend to do. It might have been Instagram. Or Twitter. Or even LinkedIn. “We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristotle Likely it’s been misattributed, as so...
What Not to Wear: One Speaker’s Struggle for Style

What Not to Wear: One Speaker’s Struggle for Style

I need to go shopping. This is a dilemma. I don’t like to shop for anything. Well, maybe books. Also wine. And chocolate. Back to my dilemma: I’m shopping for something very specific – a dress appropriate for an upcoming presentation. It’s a...
Ten Commandments to Take Command of Your Story

Ten Commandments to Take Command of Your Story

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would give us the guidelines to skip the hard stuff and get right to the GREAT story ending? Happily Ever After awaits! Why does it take so long to get there? This isn’t that list. Apologies to my readers who were hoping for...