Category Archives: Relationships

Wide awake

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. — Anatole France

dog day
Happy National Dog Day!

Talk to each other

For more than a decade, I have taught classes to university students and corporate clients alike, emphasizing the importance of communication.

But the cautionary tale on tonight’s Project Runway team competition drives the point home better than any workshop or one-to-one coaching session.

SPOILER ALERT!

yangOne team’s inability to communicate — about anything — led to a truly terrible garment and a very expected exit for one (since her partner had immunity).

Sorry Hanmiao — but you kinda had it coming.

Howdy, stranger

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When I got on the subway this morning, I  overhead a woman introduce herself to a man standing close by.  Apparently they has begun chatting on the platform. 

She had already met her quota: speak to at least one stranger every day.

She probably didn’t know she was supposed to. But studies show that if you do, both you and the stranger will feel better.

Shhhhhhhiiiiiitttttt….we Southerners have known that all along.

Hurt feelers

Dear Chasing Life ,

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I think we should take a break.

You know what you did. And it’s going to take a while for me to be able to be in the same room with you.

Just go. We’ll talk later.

A letdown

Did you watch the summer finale of Pretty Little Liars?

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No spoilers here. Just suffice it to say that I found A’s reveal to be Pretty Lame.

You wait that long,  you want to be astonished.  I thought A was a bit of a yawn.

I do like the direction that the series is gonna take this winter. But again —

No spoilers.

Being neighborly

Thank you, Jim.

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When I asked for directions outside the Summit train station this afternoon,  you could have simply pointed to the street and gone on your way.

But you smiled and asked where I was headed and, in typical small-town fashion, offered to give me a ride to my hotel because of the intense heat.

I could have put up my big-city blinders and refused, but I could tell — you were just being nice. So I got a ride and a fun, impromptu tour of Summit.

After a delayed, packed train ride, it was an unexpected pleasure.

Thanks again for taking the time.

Call me

phoneDear Time Warner:

Call me.

Ms. King didn’t enjoy your phone calls, and who can blame her.  Your customer service representatives called her  — after she explained that they had the wrong number — an additional 74 times to harass her about a previous client’s unpaid bill.

Now a court says you owe her $229,500 under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

So, call me instead.  I’m an actual Time Warner Customer. I even pay my bills. And I’ll only charge you…$1,000 a call.

BARGAIN.