Category: PERSONAL ARTICLES

Ending Ceremonies: 5 Things That Must End Before a New Beginning
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Ending Ceremonies: 5 Things That Must End Before a New Beginning | Laura Bonarrigo

  1. You’ve got to end doing it with him/her. It’s really difficult to still be intimate with someone you’re dragging through a divorce because it makes the process super confusing. Even trying to be kind or peaceful or ugh, conscious, makes it tough. When we love we want intimacy, and divorce is the furthest thing from intimacy one can get. So that moment when you want to reach out and plant one on her or the moment of weakness when you think, ‘Oh why not, just a quickie,’ starts to feel really awkward and unkind and dirty once you find yourself back in mediation, or worse yet, the courtroom.

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Practical Tools for Overcoming Momentum and Effectuating Actual Change
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Practical Tools for Overcoming Momentum and Effectuating Actual Change | Aimee B. Davis

{3:03 minutes to read} Attention entrepreneurs and service providers: In January’s blog post, I asked whether you’ve set your 2016 business resolutions. This month, I’ve been thinking about practical tools for overcoming momentum and how to effectuate actual change. People tend to get “stuck” from time to time in the quest to achieve their goals and lead a meaningful life.

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Are You A Force For Positive Change In Your Community?
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Are You A Force For Positive Change In Your Community | Curtis Battles

{Time to read: 4:55 minutes} Today in Connecticut, there are many alternative education options for students who don’t fit the “mold” offered in the traditional school system. For these parents and students, there’s an array of charter schools and unique programs available. For over 15 years, I have been involved with Domus Kids, a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Connecticut. The Domus’ vision is that “no child shall be denied hope, love or a fair chance in life.”

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Everybody Needs a Mentor – Do You Have One?
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Everybody Needs a Mentor Do You Have One | Mendy Lipsker

{3:54 minutes to read} All of us run into problems and challenges whether in our business or personal lives. Sometimes trying to find answers to those problems is difficult. Deciding which of the many paths in front of you to take or which way to go at a crossroads can be overwhelming. At times, facing important decisions and life challenges can leave you feeling very isolated and alone. When you find yourself in this situation, it is often very helpful to turn to “an experienced and trusted adviser” – a mentor.

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How to Move from Fear to Courage
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How to Move from Fear to Courage | Carolyn Parr

“How would your life change if you could reduce your fear level by just 25%?” My pastor, Gordon Cosby, challenged me with this question years ago. I realized I had many unacknowledged fears. I had a powerful job and feared doing anything that might look controversial, so I was afraid to participate in peaceful demonstrations for causes I believed in. I wanted to volunteer at an AIDS hospice, but was afraid my colleagues might ostracize me. I wrote songs, but was afraid to sing them to others.

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A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish
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A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish | Ada Hasloecher

On Friday, November 14th, I was watching The News Hour on PBS. Paul Solman who reports on many of the financial news stories, did a piece on the steady decline and impending demise of casinos in Atlantic City. He illuminated the dire effects that the loss of employment is having for the thousands and thousands of people who are employed by that industry – loss of wages, loss of health insurance, loss of retirement benefits. Just terrible.

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My Son, the Pitchman
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So it was the first week of school last week. I looked upon it with some trepidation, as last year was a bit of a challenge with my 16-year-old son, Zach. The first few days went off without a hitch – he woke up by himself and got on the bus. When he came home from school, we talked about his day and the one thing I learned was that this year he hates the school lunch. “I had two donuts and a bag of chips,” he said. “I want to start taking my lunch.” The next morning when I returned from my workout, I was greeted by a note on the counter: “Mom! Please iron my shirt and pants (which were crumpled in a ball on the floor outside his room). Please make my lunch (if possible). Please sign my syllabi. Love, Zach.” It was followed by a heart with the word “mom” in the middle and the kisses and hugs sign. But what really got me was the drawing he made at the bottom of the note: a bicep with a tattoo of the word “Mom” inscribed. I had to laugh.

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The Red Bandana of Courage
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Recently, the memorial at ground zero opened to the public. At the dedication ceremony, President Obama recounted the story of Welles Remy Crowther, a 24-year-old man who became a hero because of his altruistic actions during the attacks on that day. For a young man to do nothing but want to help others, with no regard to his own safety, represents the highest ideals of what we, as individuals, should strive for.

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A Small Businessman’s Definition of Success
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In 1983, I became a partner in a small CPA firm in New York. In 1987, I took over that firm and have been running that business for 27 years. I’m not the ultimate expert, but I feel I have enough experience to have a good perspective on what it means to be a successful small business person.

Many small business people would now start telling you about how you have to watch costs, maximize revenues, etc. But this small business person thinks there is something else that also defines success.

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Pope Francis: Mediator Extraordinaire
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Pope Francis: Mediator Extraordinaire | Carolyn Parr

Pope Francis’ recent three-day trip to the Holy Land left me breathless. Out-of-the-box reframing, powerful symbols, and total attention that feels like love. The Pope wants to make peace between Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians. As many know, they’ve been at odds since 1054 when a formal split occurred. Orthodox Christians control the site of the Holy Sepulcher (where Jesus was allegedly buried). An ecumenical worship service? Impossible. The Orthodox would never allow a Roman Catholic mass to be celebrated there.

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Improve Work/Life Balance With Volunteering
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Volunteering can have positive effects on your personal life, as well as your work life.

Once a week, I participate in an ongoing volunteer project as an after-school reading buddy. Created by JCY Westchester Community Partners, a charitable organization based in Yonkers, our reading buddy group consists of 10 or so volunteers who meet with kids at 3:00 pm in a nearby public library to help them improve their reading skills.

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Note To Chris Christie: Why Your Apology Failed
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Note To Chris Christie: Why Your Apology Failed | Carolyn Parr

On January 9, 2014, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey publicly apologized for a massive traffic nightmare that several of his political allies allegedly caused four months earlier. Why the delay?

From emails disclosed in January, we learned that in September 2013, these individuals plotted to close two of three lanes leading from Fort Lee, N.J. to the George Washington Bridge. The reason? Apparently, to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee. Once the incident began to garner news headlines, dubbed as the “Bridgegate Scandal,” Gov. Christie claimed he knew nothing of the traffic tie-up until he learned it from the media. - See more at: http://toughconversations.net/note-to-chris-christie-why-your-apology-failed/#sthash.6s3Keutt.dpuf

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