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Vacationing with Friends rules

We have taken vacation with many friends.  Some were absolute horror shows and some were marvelous.  Our friends, Brad and Mary, have been a vacation team that we can’t imagine not having.  They bring fun, laughter, jokes, and recommend adventures we hadn’t even considered.  Only once have we experienced a meltdown, and, of course, that was the Stelbrinks’ breakdown; Brad and Mary did [...]

Vacationing with Friends rules2019-08-07T16:53:11-05:00

Have you taken vacation yet?

Have you taken vacation yet?  Tis the season to take the kids, the family, some friends on a memorable trip together.  I am in the Midwest and the center of Illinois, USA, and I take my vacation/sabbatical in a warmer climate after the first of each year. Children are preparing to return to school and our short season of summer is moving into [...]

Have you taken vacation yet?2019-08-07T16:37:04-05:00

More Idioms

A couple more idioms.   The early bird gets the worm. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/127000.html Meaning:  Success comes to those who prepare well and put in effort. Origin:  First recorded in Joyn Ray’s A Collection of English proverbs 1670, 1678; indicates that this was considered proverbial even in the 17th century. Example:  Plan ahead and make it happen.   Carpe diem.  https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/carpe-diem.html Meaning:  “Pluck the day” [...]

More Idioms2019-08-07T17:07:33-05:00

Adages or Idioms

Starting a new year, made me think about adages or idioms and where they came from.  The newspaper is an interesting place to find adages and how they were developed.  Of course, the Internet is a great place to quickly find idioms and meanings.    Just like these:   Where did “a penny saved is a penny earned” come from? https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-penny-saved-is-a-penny-earned.html   Meaning:  It’s [...]

Adages or Idioms2019-01-03T09:54:05-05:00

Funny T-Shirts

One last thing on laughter, the next presentation requires you to laugh at least some of these T-Shirt sayings.  Make sure you count how many you laugh at – the more you laugh, the less you are stressed.

Funny T-Shirts2018-11-27T08:58:16-05:00

15 Side Effects of Laughter

Authors, Robin Ferner and Jeffrey Aronson reviewed 785 research papers published since 1946 and determine 15 unfortunate side effects from laughing.  Altough Ferner, a clinical pharmacist, did say, “Most of the time it makes people happy, but every now and again it kills them.” *adapted from http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/12/16/thats-not-funny-15-reasons-why-laughing-is-bad-for-you/ Let’s take a look at these 15 reasons why laughing can be bad. Weakened resolve Fainting [...]

15 Side Effects of Laughter2018-10-23T09:10:07-05:00

Laughter, is it really the best Medicine?

How long has it been since you laughed?  Really belly laughed?  Until you thought you were snorting?  Been awhile?  I’ve been thinking about this, so I looked up some interesting facts about laughing. Did you know? …we laugh up to 30 times more when we are with others than we are alone. …laughter is contagious. …laughing often and enthusiastically helps our body fight [...]

Laughter, is it really the best Medicine?2018-10-23T09:10:52-05:00

Receiving Feedback to Understand and Improve

Receiving Feedback to Understand and Improve: Don’t Do 1.       Ignore the feedback 1.       View feedback as an opportunity to obtain useful information for reducing conflict, improving productivity, collaboration, etc. 2.       Assume the words are an attack; listen with objectivity 2.       Assume feedback is offered with the best intentions 3.       Just assume you know what they mean or intend 3.       Ask for specifics for [...]

Receiving Feedback to Understand and Improve2018-08-14T10:55:27-05:00

Giving Feedback

Giving Feedback: Don’t Do 1.       Hint 1.       Offer specific behaviors 2.       Talk to others about that person 2.       Go to the right person (the one involved) 3.       Make personality assumptions 3.       Offer pinpointed behaviors 4.       Words and actions don’t matter 4.       Apply congruent words and nonverbals 5.       Forget your tone of voice 5.       Watch others’ response to your tone; listen to your tone [...]

Giving Feedback2018-08-14T10:56:49-05:00

65 Pieces of Advice – Part 3

Here are the remaining pieces of advice and additional from others: Conversation Rule: Let each person talk about the same time. (Example:  if there are 4 people, each should get to talk about 25% of the time).  If only one person is doing all the talking, 3 others are bored. Don’t tell your friends when you want to buy shoes. Change the oil [...]

65 Pieces of Advice – Part 32018-06-05T14:41:59-05:00