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Can You Hear What I’m Trying to Say?

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
I’ve written on this topic before…but recent events (conversations…?) have convinced me I still need to work on this skill a whole lot more. 😉 According to author Stephen Covey in his title, “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness”…

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Rereading for Fresh Revelation

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
Sometimes I pick up a book and realize midway through that I’ve already read it…ever done that? I’ll see a quote from a particular author or read a phrase and my interest is piqued so I’ll either buy the book,…

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Hospital (ity) – A Home for Strangers

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
One of the best places to share a meal with a friend is the nationalized chain, Panera Bread. Where else can you order a crusty roll with soup; salad in a variety of delicious versions; or a sandwich on fresh-baked…

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Handling Instructions for Stains of All Sorts

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
If you’ve purchased any new clothing lately (and have bothered to look at the care tags hidden in the deepest recesses of the garment) you can’t help but have noticed that all these odd little symbols have replaced the worded…

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Saying “Yes” When It Gets Uncomfortable — From Publishing to Promotion

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
Writing a book is easy (well, no, it’s not…it can be tedious, laborious, and filled with lots of “Why am I doing this?” moments in between signing a contract (happy day #1) and sending the completed manuscript (happy day #2)…

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Emotionally Unstrung: Learning the Art of Relational Maneuvering

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
For most people, earning a living is not an option; it’s a requirement. Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster in Working with You Is Killing Me Before the morning alarm goes off more men and women than not are already lying…

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Introvert – Stand Up and Identify Yourself

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
I’ve always thought of myself as an old soul. Someone first called me that when I was still in high school (and since it was someone I both respected and admired I’ve never forgotten it.) Through the years, I’ve also…