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Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many difficult life situations – being unemployed, getting a divorce, and suffering from a chronic illness – just to name a few. One of the hardest is watching a dying loved one. The Dose learned this first hand when my mother died from a terminal brain tumor. Though this experience was over 20 years ago, a key lesson has never left my mind: Stay in the moment – don’t miss it by looking into the future. This key lesson began on Christmas Day 1985. The Dose spent much of this day focused on the “what if.” What if this was to be my...

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Muscle Up!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The dinner party had started… the table was set, guests had arrived, and burgers were grilling. The Dose was in her glory, visiting friends and meeting new people. Little did I know that at this dinner table I was going to exercise! My exercise for that night was keeping my mouth shut. You see, while a lively conversation was happening, one particular couple started a spat – publicly. Their actions activated the Dose mind…should couples publicly argue, claw at and degrade each other? Is this a symptom of an ill-matched couple? And, most...

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“Life” after “death”

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the world of antibiotics, there’s a phenomenon referred to as the “post-antibiotic effect.” It means exactly what it says – there is an effect from the antibiotic that continues even after the drug is gone. Pretty good deal – take the drug and its effects outlast its time in the body! Wouldn’t it be nice if other things had a post-effect. For example a one-dollar bill would provide future transactions without the need for payment or a small bit of food would produce a feeling of satiation over a very extended period of time. The Dose has...

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Princess & the Pea

Posted by on Feb 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you pick up a piece of luggage and it is heavy… without adding contents, do you know what will make it heavier? Just keep talking about how heavy it is! Think about it. The more you complain about a situation, the worse the situation becomes. That’s why most can relate to the story of the Princess and the Pea. For those of you who don’t know this story, don’t feel badly. The Dose learned about this Princess twenty years ago when she was told we were alike. I like the idea of being compared to a princess; the problem is this princess was...

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Time for Sorbet

Posted by on Feb 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love going to a fancy restaurant? The lovely ambiance, the over-the-top service, the delectable food, and not to mention the chic restrooms. Recently I enjoyed such an experience. Interesting that it was the sorbet served between courses that struck a chord with me. It made me think: should we not have “sorbet” between the “courses” of our lives? As I think about my journey, I note that the different “courses” of my life – whether it’s a change in jobs or the transition between one decade and the next – have often been separated...

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Practice Random Acts of… Manners!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’ve all heard the advice to “Practice Random Acts of Kindness.” Such acts may include paying the toll for the car behind you, putting extra coins in an expired parking meter, or allowing someone else get the best parking space. All this is great, and some people may do these things when in the mood, but the Dose has a simpler way of practicing random acts of kindness…practice good manners. The Dose could create the list of necessary manners, but there is one that needs to be incorporated back into practice immediately – covering ones mouth...

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Leaky Pipes

Posted by on Jun 20, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One life lesson my father imparted on my sisters and me was not to build a drain for the drip. If a water pipe is dripping, find and fix the leak, don’t just build a drain. Medically speaking it’s the equivalent to treating only the symptoms not the source…like prescribing a cough suppressant as effective treatment for lung cancer. As I think about society, business behaviors, and the like, I see drains being built for the different types of drips. Here’s a short list: 1.) turning up the car radio volume to “drown” out the unusual noise from...

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It’s Play Time!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My childhood activities consisted of playing hopscotch, jumping rope, kicking ball, and dressing-up Midge (Barbie’s cousin). The mere mention of such play brings back good memories for me. Oh, the hours of fun, fighting, and friendship. As a child, these activities enhanced my coordination, exercised my body, and developed my imagination. So, the question I ask is why not do child’s play as an adult? I’m thinking stores that sell office items are onto this very idea. There are actually desk toys! Here’s some that I’ve noted: paperweights that...

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The Art of Appreciation

Posted by on May 29, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many things taken for granted until they are gone… health is one of those things. Every time I recover from a head cold (who named this virus a “cold?”) I am amazed that I don’t appreciate my good health more frequently. So I’m making a plan…an appreciate plan of action. 1) Take note of what you have. Department stores take inventory at least twice a year. Should we not take on the same practice? 2) Record consequences of not having. Without knowing the consequences of being without, you won’t know the value of what you have. 3)...

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