Category Archives: Dealing with Difficult People

Perception Vs. Reality


I love photos taken with mirror images in water.  I particularly like the ones I have to study closely to decipher which way is up.  I know that one half is real and the other is only a reflection of reality.  One thing I continue to learn is that perception of reality can be as convincing to many as reality itself – and that can be wonderful, beautiful – and also quite dangerous (or maybe humiliating – think Emperor’s New Clothes).  Read the rest of this entry »


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2 Days ’til 40: 40 Favorite Posts from My 400 Days ’til 40 Journey

I must say that it was much easier to choose 40 photos than to choose 40 posts!  One of the fun things about this particular journey is that I allowed myself to write (or post photos) about whatever I felt on any particular day.  As a result, I have a wide array of followers who each connect in different ways to what I write – this has been amazing.  I imagine that in the future, as I become a bit more focused, I may have a less diverse group of readers, though I hope not!


Here is my top 40 list of posts, hopefully as eclectic as my readers are.  Some I chose because of the importance of the content, some because they make me laugh (yes, I realize that I have a weird sense of humor that others do not always appreciate) and some because I like the way the words flow. Read the rest of this entry »


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28 Days ’til 40: Making Lemonade and Half-full Cups



When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  I have several stands around here. ~ James Brady

When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye. ~ Cathy Guisewite

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. ~ Sam Lefkowitz

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.  And he said, Is it half full or half empyt?  So I drank the water.  No more problem. ~ Alexander Jodorowsky Read the rest of this entry »


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71 Days ’til 40: If I Could Only Tell You…


People are polite….. well, often.  Yes, we all run across those individuals who say something so disrespectful that we fantasize about running them down with a lawnmower, but they are the exception.  We are, for the most part, a civil society that does not want to rock the boat or hurt any person’s feelings.  This is why it is so challenging, at times, for people to say what they are really thinking.  Have you ever fantasized about no longer being constrained by social mores?  What if you REALLY could say whatever you wanted to, whenever you wanted to, without having to worry about hurting a person’s feelings…….  what would be on your list?  Would any of these things be??? Read the rest of this entry »


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73 Days ’til 40: Turning Down the (Emotional) Heat




When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. ~ Ronald Reagan

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. ~ Nelson Mandela

I am a leader.  Leaders always get heat.  They’re always going against the grain.  Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat.  Every great artist got heat.  Heat means you’re doing something right. ~ Ziggy Marley Read the rest of this entry »


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82 Days ’til 40: Pondering PAIN



Pain is a funny thing, isn’t it?  I am referring to physical pain, not emotional pain.  I have noticed a few interesting things about physical pain, I wonder if you have noticed too…….. Read the rest of this entry »


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86 Days ’til 40: Hug Therapy


A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.  ~ Bil Keane

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable. ~ Deb Caletti

If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other. ~ Walter Anderson Read the rest of this entry »


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98 Days ’til 40: Leaves on Asphalt


Another sign of autumn……  I love it when the leaves pile up.  I must confess, when I was a young child I would look for those freshly raked piles of leaves on the lawns of my neighbors…..  AND, I MUST confess, it is possible that, as a young child, I accidentally (on purpose) altered the states of those said leave piles……  by jumping, squealing with delight, and tossing them into the air.  What great fun for me, and somehow the neighbors never caught me!  (Note to all of my former neighbors, I apologize profusely!) Read the rest of this entry »


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103 Days ’til 40: Roller Coaster Emotions Week


Have you ever had one of those weeks that felt nothing less than a roller coaster of emotions?  I am NOT referring to those weeks that are taken hostage by hormotional moments, I am talking about weeks when you are grounded, stable, feel great, and yet life seems to take you through ups and downs. Read the rest of this entry »


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105 Days ’til 40: Election Hoopla


Elections are always a touchy subject… even more so when the elections are as close as they were this year.  I find it interesting that US elections can be a touchy subject not just among Americans, but among many individuals from other countries as well.  Sometimes I just want to run and hide so that I can avoid all the conversations, as I learned early on that political and religious opinions are sometimes best kept private. Read the rest of this entry »


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