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Look people in the eyes when you talk to them.

Posted at Jun 7, 2017 8:00 am

When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.  ~Victor Hugo

Turns out, Victor knew what he was talking about. According to Dr. David Ludden (Psychology Today, Ludden Blog) the eyes are—almost literally—windows to the soul. At the very least they are the home

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Splurge on a high quality professional haircut.

Posted at May 24, 2017 8:00 am

I know, I know. You can get a bargain hair cut for under $15, or even less if you keep an eye out for specials and coupons. Or maybe your best friend, sister-in-law, or dog groomer is OK with giving you a trim. And while my dog-grooming best friend did

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Send an unexpected small gift.

Posted at May 10, 2017 8:00 am

It can take surprisingly little effort to make someone’s day. In many cases, it only requires that you act on impulses you already have.

For example, suppose you’re at the grocery and see a small box of your Aunt’s favorite candy or other “what-cha-ma-call-it.” What do you do? If you’re like

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Take a Breath, Baby!

Posted at Apr 26, 2017 8:00 am

windImagine your world is spiraling out of control:

  • Crying kids
  • Complaining clients
  • A furious boss
  • A screaming spouse
  • Or even a stranger-danger type of confrontation.

Whatever the situation, you’re powerless to change it.

You feel yourself descending into a state of panic.

pauseDon’t you

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Safety and the Single Sleuth

Posted at Apr 12, 2017 8:00 am

I confess, I’ve watched too many James Bond movies, seen too much TV with impossible espionage twists and read too many spy/undercover cop stories. (I’ve even written scenes inspired by all of these movie, TV and book thrills.)

Although I’ve never had to fend off an insistent mob (enthusiastic readers of

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Magic Word of the Day: Appreciation

Posted at Mar 22, 2017 8:00 am

I’m “On Z Road” again, dragging my carry-on behind me as I wiggle out of my shoes and coat before hefting my bag onto the conveyer belt to be screened by the dreaded TSA. Most days I fly through security, but today . . .

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Project Runway: The DIY Version

Posted at Mar 8, 2017 8:00 am

If I had a dime for every fictional heroine who had a self-proclaimed “unfashionable” feature, I’d be wealthier than Bill Gates. Heck if I had a penny for every woman who bemoaned her features and wished for a different body, I’d be wealthier than Bill and the Queen of England—combined!

The

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The Myth of the Three Little Words

Posted at Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am

Almost everyone believes that all relationship woes can be fixed with those three little words. You know the ones I mean. The “I love you” words. When the words don’t work their magic, we feel betrayed. Let down.

We’re conditioned to believe those words are all we need.  Movies, books, songs—all

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Cherries and Sprinkles

Posted at Feb 8, 2017 8:00 am

The lights dimmed and a room full of people, dressed in their finery, quieted and faced the stage. Names were called. Awards placed in the shaking hands of recipients who didn’t know if they should laugh or cry—and ended up doing a little of both. Applause punctuated their words of

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Mind Your Mindfulness

Posted at Jan 25, 2017 8:00 am

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself focusing on my goals with blinders to all else. The goal could be a workshop I’m creating and teaching in two months, a manuscript I want to finish by the end of the year or paying off the mortgage a

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