Serious topics

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

On April 17th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Maybe you have heard this phrase, long ago being spoken by someone older and wiser than you. “If you cannot say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” It is great advice. Remember the last time that you were saying something unkind..

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Listen, Really Listen

On April 14th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

A big part of listening is shutting up so that your niece has a chance to talk. But it’s hard to do. She mentions something, which triggers a related image in your mind and then you want to talk about what just popped up in your head. It’s normal behavior, but it doesn’t help your..

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Are You Going to Become a Scholar?

On April 13th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1 Comment

Our next door neighbor way back when was John Z. Soso.  He was a remarkable fellow.  He was an elementary school principal in San Francisco, and was perhaps the first one to have his school painted red, white and blue, back in 1976.  He also served in the U.S. Army infantry in Italy in World..

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McGuckin Factor

On April 4th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

In our town we have a great hardware store called McGuckin Hardware.  I like them because they have everything and they have floor staff who know where to find everything, and they have enough floor staff that you can find them. They have something more. The floor staff know not only where in the store..

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Early Experiences Form Lifetimes

On April 2nd, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

“I think I must have learned to climb before I could walk; Father Simard, who lived upstairs in a house we were renting, encouraged me to crawl up the stairs where I was rewarded with a spoonful of honey.  When I was about six, my brother, Gerald, took me out fishing and sneaked a ten-inch..

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Catch them doing things right

On April 1st, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics, Serious topics by 0 Comment

April 1, 2011 There are two ways to make an impression on a kid about her actions and performance. One—point out everything she is doing wrong. Two—catch her doing things right. Which one do you want a kid to remember, to have imprinted on her young, indelible mind? What she is doing wrong, or what..

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Listen to Their Sports Stories

On March 31st, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics, Serious topics by 0 Comment

You have all kinds of stories from your youth that you could tell your nieces and nephews. Save them for another time. When your siblings’ kids want to tell you about their present-day sports endeavors, just listen. You could, of course, counter their stories about your days as a competitive swimmer, or regale them about..

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Uncle has an IPad

On March 19th, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics, Serious topics by 0 Comment

IPad is uncle’s new best friend.   Neva has a brand new little brother. And she just loves him. Oren is less than two weeks old, no longer as wrinkled as a raisin, but not yet as smooth as an ironed shirt, either. Neva thinks that Oren is terrific. She rocks his little car seat..

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