We're not all born naturally-gifted public speakers. In fact, for most people, speaking publicly ranks #1 on their list of Things I Really Hate Doing. To put that in perspective, death - or the fear of dying  - ranks as #2. But isn't it funny how so many of us went to school to study…

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Years ago, I decided I was going to stop talking about the weather. Not entirely stop. If there were a blizzard, for example, I might say something like "Stay warm!" to the person with whom I was standing at a bus stop. Or on a sunny day, I might casually say, "Get outside - it's…

The other day I was flipping through my Master Calendar (that is, the one I keep on my desk at home), and came across some goals I had written for myself back in February. To my sheer delight, I had accomplished every one of them! Which is to say, I accomplished 3 of my goals.…

  Ahhhh, a new month. Full of fresh opportunities. This month, I've got goals. Pot a windowsill herb garden. Go to a local plant shop and buy them out. Decorate my home and office with green, leafy plants that don't require much care. Sitting down to plan my month is one of my favorite activities,…