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That Offends Me.

That Offends Me.  

If you hang out with someone long enough, they will say or do something that will "offend" you.  I don't refer to a monumental faux pas, insane belief, or troubling lack of respect. Maybe just a difference of opinion or dislike. Nonetheless, to some people, a difference of...
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Monastery Stays | Part I | Tips for a Silent Retreat

Monastery Stays | Tips for a Silent Retreat | Part I

Why do people choose a silent retreat? I don't know, but I do know why I chose it. My cup runneth over. I have little to complain about, but have much to be grateful for. And with time and seclusion impossible to find, I was...
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Overheard Conversations

Overheard conversations. But it's you they're talking about.

Whether we want to or not, we constantly overhear conversations that do not involve us. Anytime you're in public, someone can easily tune into your conversation. Considering that many conversations are via cell phone and people tend to move about, we, the people have no choice but...
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Holiday Gatherings. How to Handle Personal Questions

Holiday gatherings. How to handle personal questions with tact and civility.  

"Oh, you got your hair cut." "Some people are just meant to be single." "If you're satisfied with your life, then that's all that matters." Well meaning? The anticipation of the dreaded comments or questions from friends or family members can put anyone...
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The Phone Booth

The Phone Booth 

I say we bring back the phone booth!

The public is sick and tired of being forced to listen to random conversations. What would it be like if public cell phone chatting was banished and permitted only while inside a phone booth? 10 reasons to bring back the phone booth:
  1. You can't doze...
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National Thank You Day

National Thank You Day

We don't really need a "National Thank You Day" to remind us to say "thank you," do we? Here are a few things to think about, relating to how or when we say "thank you":
  • Is there a difference when someone says "thanks" instead of "thank you"?
  • How...
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Summer Workplace Attire

Summer Workplace Attire | Are you overexposed?

If you aren't sure what is appropriate or not, go with your gut--just don't show it. Dress code varies not only by industry, but also by geographical location. There are parts of the country where a more laid-back look is acceptable, even encouraged. Can this lack of dress...
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