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Distractions and Travel Troubles

    Distractions and Travel Troubles   It’s been a busy time with work and the final renovations of the kitchen. Finally, you’ve scheduled a few days off to visit friends at their beach house. It’s hot and humid and … Continue reading

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Do You Fasten Your Safety Belt in a Taxi Cab?

Bob Simon, an award-winning CBS News correspondent whose career spanned nearly 50 years and many major international conflicts, was killed in a car crash in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. It was reported by the police that he was … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Digital Distractions Ruin Your Valentines Day

The National Retail Federation polled 6,417 consumers in early January 2014 to ask about their Valentine’s Day plans. It turns out that 54 percent of Americans will celebrate with loved ones this year, spending an average of $133.91 on candy, … Continue reading

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Cartoons, Humor and Positive Distractions

  I had the great pleasure to meet and hear Bob Mankoff, the author of “How About Never: Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons” It describes his early life, his early career and current interests as a … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions and the Agony of Exercise

I hate exercise. There, I said it. I was brought up in New York City, where everyone walked and no one (at that time) had to “do exercise.” Now, however, I’m faced with challenges my parents and grandparents didn’t have: … Continue reading

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Long Shopping lines? Talk to Others.

Long Shopping lines? Talk to Others.   An experiment in Chicago randomly assigned train and bus riders to either talk to the stranger next to them or commute quietly. The result? Even for introverts, silence leaves you sadder.(http://www.npr.org/2014/12/02/367938704/study-shows-riding-the-quiet-car-is-crushing-your-spirit?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr) What does … Continue reading

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Reduce Thanksgiving Kitchen Distractions to Avoid Accidents and Fires

The Red Cross reports that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for cooking fires and kitchen equipment accidents. There are costly fires, painful spills of hot liquids and serious gashes. If you reduce distractions, needless accidents are prevented (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/21/red-crosss-top-safety-tips-for-thanksgiving/). … Continue reading

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Geri’s Lemon Jell-O Journey

              Geri’s Lemon Jell-O Journey The family has been making Jell-O molds for decades. One favorite recipe is an Apricot Jell-O Mold, made with pureed apricots and ice cream. It’s a no-fail creation. Another … Continue reading

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Takes Two

        “Takes Two”  Shel Markel (2014) Shall We Dance? Kristen Storey and Richard Tonizzo’s Leadership Lessons from the Ballroom Floor Jane Heineken (Guest Blog) Although we often discuss the Demons of Distractions, one of our favorite topics … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Distracted by Style over Substance

        Don’t Be Distracted by Style over Substance Guest Blog: Jane Heineken   We know that our ancestors spent most of their days fighting for their very survival without the benefit of automation, climate control, sanitation, modern … Continue reading

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