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As Dark is to Light

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As Dark is to Light

  As dark is to light, silence is to noise. Silence. Lack of noise – a form of darkness. To the Dose, it’s as close to death for me here on earth. Sure, I like quietness when falling and staying asleep, but silence when my mind is screaming? No. I don’t like the silence when I’m wrestling with my thoughts. The Dose prefers a noisy distraction! In a world of lights and sounds, silence is not always welcomed. Maybe some of us don’t like silence because then we have only our thoughts to hear… thoughts that need to be reckoned with or acted...

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A Year Long Holiday

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Year Long Holiday

A gourmet farm shop is known for providing samplings of their fruits, vegetables, and homemade dishes. So during this season it wasn’t unusual for Wilson’s to serve their customers Thanksgiving tastings. The Dose patiently stood in line to receive a pre-holiday foretaste. I was fortunate enough to be behind a woman who decided to inform the server exactly what she wanted… white meat only, easy on the stuffing, more cranberry relish, and make certain that the gravy doesn’t “touch” the relish. Her order was placed like one ordering food in a...

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The Generosity Factor  

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Generosity Factor  

Growing up with relatives who lived through the depression, frugality was a discipline. My uncle watched every penny, yet my aunty would slip little Dose an extra dollar in my birthday card. That extra dollar may have bought me a trinket but, more importantly, it gave me a memory and a principle that I now live by. There were days when I’d be like my uncle, carefully calculating the waiter’s tip, the bellman’s gratuity, and the shampoo girl’s thank you. Never giving much thought about generosity, I gave what was deemed appropriate…typically...

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The Siri called You!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Siri called You!

She was only five years old but what a stellar little ballerina. Her steps, hand motions, and timing were perfect. Being in her bedroom, she did the movements with confidence based on memory… perfect memory from her ballet class. Onto the stage for the big performance… this little girl continuously goofed up as her eyes, not her memory, gave her directions from the other little performers. The Dose has been that little girl on the stage of life; the one with eyes that shifted to and fro, following the ideas, ways, and means of others… messing...

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The Pause Button

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Pause Button

Red – stop; Green – go; Yellow – wait. Love the “go” … dread the red… but it’s that yellow light – that wait signal of life that the Dose despises. W.A.I.T. This was the word I grew up with, more specifically, the phrase “wait until you are older.” The Dose had to wait until a certain age to get my ears pierced, to have my first date, and to move out of the house. Those rites of passage were for a reason… providing me an appreciation for those waiting times, a form of discipline, and acceptance of the way of life. Waiting provides the time...

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Mission: Possible

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mission: Possible

Boiled eggs are not difficult to prepare – it’s a matter of placing eggs in boiling water for a specified number of minutes. For obvious reasons, it takes longer for eggs to become hard boiled than soft boiled. Key point: It simply takes more time, not more effort. The same can be said about doing something significant in life… particularly at an older age. As the Dose increases in age and attempts a new adventure, tries a new hobby, or looks for a significant life alteration, I’m often told, “That’s too hard to do at your age…” followed by a...

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Cards, Cake, and Candles

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cards, Cake, and Candles

Birthdays – love them or hate them. It’s your choice. The anniversary of one’s birth needs to be considered a special day. This is the day that you were welcomed into the world… the day your mother labored selflessly to aid in this wonderful event. Though some birthdays may not be as happy as others, my special day is always marked for recognition, even if just for me. A day off from work is typically in order, as is cake! And now that the Dose is turning a very big age, one that many women hide from, I’m welcoming the next decade with...

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Influencing Partnerships

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Influencing Partnerships

Look at couples who have been married for a long time. Take a closer look. Do you see what I see? Married couples, over time, start looking like each other. Quite fascinating, wouldn’t you say? As I enjoy watching human behavior, starting with my own, the Dose sees something that goes beyond the appearance of these married couples. They mirror each other’s behaviors, mannerisms, and choice of spoken words to perfection. Amazing. But not miraculous. It makes total sense… you are who you hang out with. Being in the corporate world, the Dose...

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In the Blink of an Eye

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the Blink of an Eye

Twice baked potatoes, double-mint gum, and two shots of whatever. Let’s face it – in these cases, one may not suffice. So why give one chance only? First impressions are memorable. I can remember my first thoughts regarding many people I’ve met. Author Malcolm Gladwell believes we can make assumptions about people in the blink of an eye. But wait… the Dose has also made some pretty bad first impressions… Am I not redeemable? Let’s face it, we all make blunders, saying the wrong thing, doing the wrong thing… should that permanently determine...

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Road Trip of the Mind

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Road Trip of the Mind

Sometime it just happens… the inspiration isn’t present, the mind goes blank, and nothing can be written. Happens to all writers – Dose included! It seemed the harder I tried to put words on paper, the fewer letters I typed. My editor was waiting for the next dose. Readers were asking if I was ever to write again. And my website designer was thinking, “After all this work I did, she doesn’t post?” Self-inflicted created pressure and deadlines ultimately led to the stalling of my repertoire of work. It seems that the more pressure to do...

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