Category Archives: Self-Help

Saying Goodbye to “Amber, Pamber, Peaches, Pumpkin, Pie” & 5 Ways to Pay Tribute to Your Beloved Pet

I call my friend Betty my “California Mom”. We met over seven years ago serving together at church. One of many reasons we bonded immediately is due to our love for dogs.  Neither of us would be offended if you … Continue reading

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“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve

“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve   There is a scene in a movie I wish to describe. Two men are walking on a baseball diamond towards home plate on a setting sun in Iowa. One of the men bends … Continue reading

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Bringing Memories into the Future: Inspired by Mr. Gatsby

    “Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – The Wonder Years   I recently saw the new film, “The Great Gatsby” – it’s … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: A Valentine’s Day . . . ALONE

When Your Valentine Can’t be With You   Valentine’s Day – it seems people either love it or hate it. At least, there’s a great deal of hate for it on Facebook nowadays and of course, outcry against the extreme … Continue reading

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As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver Today I had to take my car to the dealer for an 80,000 mile service.  I was given a voucher for a complimentary rental car.  I gave … Continue reading

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Christmas in Retail: A Bookseller’s Experience

I have a story for you, but like all good stories some background detail is needed . . . While I have the honor of working at O’Connor and managing this awesome blog, I also have a part-time job in … Continue reading

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When the Holidays Mean Pain: Grieving During the Holiday Season

When the Holidays Mean Pain: Grieving During the Holiday Season The holidays are right around the corner. How could we miss the reminders? Inserts of coupons for Halloween candy filling the Sunday newspaper. Noticeably increasing numbers of television commercials showing … Continue reading

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“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”: 5 Things You Can Do To Bounce Back From The Blues

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” 5 Things You Can Do To Bounce Back From The Blues   Something that may surprise those who interact with me on a daily basis is that I once suffered from debilitating … Continue reading

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Freedom to Fail: 8 Lessons to Bring You Back!

Freedom to Fail: 8 Lessons to Bring You Back! A couple weeks ago I made a big mistake at work.  I’ve made mistakes before, but I think this one takes the cake. It had to do with hiring a very … Continue reading

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What Do You Do with “Different?”

Sometimes when I encounter someone who is so different from my world of normal, I wonder if I am handling it appropriately.  What do you do when you run into “different’?  How open are you?  Do you ignore or dismiss … Continue reading

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