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Holiday Happiness…

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… festivities, family, and friends. Translation: we will be with people more times this season than any other time of the year. With people come love, laughs, and conflict. Running and hiding may be one way to handle those we struggle with, but not so for the Dose. I’m facing these people head on, with my three-point plan… here’s how it works: Show love. We’ve all heard that kindness is contagious. And the Dose can take that a step further: showing love towards another human being deters bad behavior....

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Cease and Assist!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stop… allow a car to get ahead of you instead of forging forward only to be met by a red light. Stop hogging the virtual microphone and hand it to someone wanting to share their voice. Stop hoarding the goods… share. Stop clique formation; embrace all. Stop being a drain; let others draw from you. Stop pushing; instead pull a “door” open for someone. Stop putting your hands in your pockets; set them free to be of use… to others. Stop thinking – for a moment – of your needs; instead do for one in need. In this season of thanks and giving… stop...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“The Call” came in… “Dose, I’m not happy.” And with that statement came a discussion around happiness, aka a constant state of elation. Sad to say that this 25-year-old – and very smart – young lady was under the impression that happiness was a daily “event.” Who doesn’t love being happy? The Dose does. But what I also know is that happiness is based on happenstance. And it’s only one of three common emotions… the other two being sadness and neutrality. The Dose is a pretty upbeat, positive person, but being happy all the time has just never...

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Can you hear me now?

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are everywhere and anywhere…except in Montana. Can you guess what I’m talking about? iPods. As the Dose strolls along walkways, shops in grocery stores, or rides a bus, she notes that the majority of people are wearing earphones. I suppose their desire is to tune out the world and listen only to their choice sound. As for me, my MP3 player is strictly used at the gym… a place where I need to tune out and disassociate my thoughts from my actions. While spending time on a cattle ranch in Montana I learned from young ranchers that iPods...

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The Value of Words

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Walking out my front door one morning the Dose received a lovely greeting from my neighbor. – “You are the loveliest looking lady in the neighborhood.” As nice as this compliment was, it wasn’t long after that I heard the same statement by the same man to a different neighbor! Recently, at a wedding, the Dose was introduced as someone’s dearest friend… and, you guessed it, she introduced someone else the same way! Compliments are wonderful, but they have no value if untrue, insincere, or unsubstantiated. The Dose has put a practice in place. ...

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A Day for Mothers…and Others

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some things, places, and events remind us of others…wouldn’t you say? Hold an object once owned by a loved one and you can’t help but think of them. Every time I go to Symphony Hall in Boston to listen to classical music or to enjoy an evening at the Pops… I think of my Dad. Sometimes it’s people, not objects, that remind us of others. Though I never thought I could find someone to remind me of my mother, I did… it’s Mrs. M. A woman packed with energy, full of encouragement, and bursting with enjoyment for life!  That was my mother and this...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We set the table in preparation for a meal. We set a clock to display the time. We set the oven temperature in order to bake. Settings are important for our expectations as well. Having proper expectations of an event and, more importantly, of others is critical. Without setting realistic expectations, disappointment is guaranteed. Non-dog lovers aren’t going to enjoy your new puppy. People who don’t enjoy sweets aren’t going to appreciate your home-baked cake. A blind person can’t tell you that you look good. As the Dose listens to the...

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Now or Never

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Martha Stewart is known for her successful homemaking business. Also known for being so meticulous that others could fear hosting her! My mother loved entertaining. One simple dinner party would take a week of planning and preparing. Every component of the menu was made from scratch… every ingredient was fresh and hand prepared and absolutely no bakery items were ever served. China pieces were lined with paper doilies to appropriately display the delicacies. Details were as refined as Ms. Stewart’s directions in her Living magazine. In...

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Walk the Tightrope

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nik Wallenda–daredevil, trapeze artist, the man who went across Niagara Falls on a tightrope to inspire others to live their dreams. Since the age of six, this was his dream, a big one no one can argue. And decades later he made it happen. As a child, having such a dream would only be considered as such–a dream. Imagine Nik telling his friends even five years ago of such a dream? The Dose can hear the responses: “Who do you think you are to accomplish such a feat?” “What are you thinking, it’s never been done before?” “Where are you going to...

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Apple, Cherry, Pecan, and….

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What’s not to like about a pie? There’s the crust that consists of butter… lots of butter! The pie filling can range from fruits to pecans. When topped with whipped cream or ice cream, well, then we really do have something delectable. Enthusiastic about the start of a new opportunity, the Dose was immediately served pie as I took note of the less than optimal circumstance for what I thought I deserved. This pie I did not request nor did I ever crave even a sliver, yet it came with no calories. The pie? Humble. Yes, the Dose was served humble...

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