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Oh, Say Can You See?
Oh, Say Can You See?

Oh, Say Can You See?

It’s called the red beetle effect. At least, at the sales seminar I attended, that’s what “they” called it, the powers that be for executive sales training. Isn’t it odd, how much money companies pay to the most random organizations to boost sales? “Our 4th quarter projections are tanking. Quick, let’s call Tony Robbins.” Cue the funky hand signals and lots of high fiving. Maybe your organization needs a psychology expert so you can hypnotize your customers into submission. Perhaps you should invest thousands in diction coaches so everyone can speak like a midwestern newscaster. Is enneagram training what you need, so you know to hire only 7s or make sure your 4s are holed away in a sad office creating the ads? Better yet just get someone to coach everyone on how to move cheese. Bottom line - some folks are cut out for sales, and some are not. I am not. Yet, I excelled in that environment for many years. My personal theory is that I hypnotized my bosses, but that’s not even what we’re talking about today. We’re talking about life and the world and our brains. See? Yep. That’s pretty much it. How do we see? Moreover, do you even? Back to those red beetles.

OUTDOORS

The dead of winter is prime time for predator hunting. Most seasons are closed, and predators have to stay busy and on the move to make a living.

OUTDOORS

TIME TO REDUCE PREDATOR NUMBERS

Ask Aunt B

Ask Aunt B

I know we don’t have bad winters. I am sure that if anyone from up north sees my question, they will laugh, but I am already so tired of winter. Any ideas for bringing the sunshine in and riding out what little winter we have left in style?

ASK AUNT B

ASK AUNT B

Dear Aunt B, I find myself isolating more and more. It’s not that I don’t want to be with people, but I just don’t want to be with people quite as much as I used to. Is this a problem?

The Art of the Cookie
The Art of the Cookie

By Dina Moon

The Art of the Cookie

It was Christmas Eve. That’s a fancy way of me telling you this happened a few days ago, at least from this “as I’m writing” moment. My emotions were all over the place: incredulous, joyous, hopeful, unfathomably sad. One of my sons pointed out a somber fact. It was, so far as any of us could recall, the first time we had all been in my home, on Christmas, all together without anyone missing, since my daughter, Chynna, passed away. Fifteen years is too long to be apart on Christmas Eve. But, that’s the way our family is structured. We had someone in the military for 4 years who lived hours away for a decade. We had someone in college, now away at law school. We had someone who was apt to be called into job action at a moment’s notice. Two of our someone’s work on Christmas, more often than not. It’s the battle cry of a modern-day family. We were determined, this year, to make the most of every single minute. The beautiful sound of children was so loud at times, I resisted the temptation to cover my ears. There were gifts, jokes, and numerous instances one of us started a sentence with “remember that time.” That’s when one of the boys asked if everyone recalled the first time mom made sugar cookies. Laughter filled every crevice of my kitchen. I was not offended. I was elated. What mom doesn’t appreciate a teaching moment?

Ask Aunt B

Ask Aunt B

Ok it’s over. I want to be filled with positivity and thankfulness. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda am, but there is almost dread for what is ahead of me. I want so much more this year. Also, I can’t help it. I am focusing a little on what didn’t go great over the holidays. Now that we are here. Where do we start?

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Ask Aunt B

Dear Aunt B Readers, I want to take this time to express my gratitude to each one of you for reading my humble words. You may not realize it, but your presence as readers of this column is invaluable and honored.

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