Category: Life

Mom’s Wise Sayings

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“You should write those down.” We recently moved to Hartsville, South Carolina, and I was talking with a woman I met at a reception. She was impressed by one of my mother’s common sayings. My mother had many gifts, and one of them was condensing wisdom into memorable phrases. My father sometimes called her “The  »  Read More

4 Ways to Keep Work from Killing You

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When a conversation turns to work, Tom will regale you with stories of how many hours he puts in. He’s certainly following that advice to be the first one in the office and the last one to leave. And he doesn’t really leave. He takes work home. He keeps his cellphone with him all the time. He answers emails in the  »  Read More

The Two Roads of Life

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“I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” I don’t know precisely what “yellow wood” Frost was thinking of when he wrote that poem, but I  »  Read More

Memorial Day Thoughts and Reading

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I become pensive around Memorial Day. I remember those whom, as the Episcopal liturgy says, “we love, but see no longer.” They are special friends, but, as the Warrior’s Toast puts it, “absent friends” and I will toast them this Memorial Day as every other Memorial Day. The odd and the small  »  Read More

Lillian Moller Gilbreth: Hero and Role Model

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One of my heroes, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, was born on this date in 1878. I discovered her early in my career. I was recently discharged from the Marines, going to college, and working full time. I was learning industrial engineering and discovering seminal management writers. Her name kept popping up in management and  »  Read More

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