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A Cookie for Your Thoughts

A Cookie for Your Thoughts

When a local radio station mentioned that they were giving away $1000 worth of Girl Scout Cookies, it prompted some discussion in the office. It’s a fun way to promote a great organization, but I’m not sure the Girl Scouts need any help. The fact they the’re selling a delicious product doesn’t hurt (I’m fan of the Peanut Butter Patties, myself), but more importantly, these business-minded young ladies are truly clever. When my daughter, Emily, was a Girl Scout, she was a keen little salesperson. We went door-to-door and sold to the neighborhood. She

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Quick-What Rhymes with Shady?

Quick-What Rhymes with Shady?

Regular readers know I’m a sports fan through and through, so when the sports page makes the front page, I’m eager to chat about it! Yes, folks, it’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll be enjoying the day the standard way – wings, nachos, beer – all the necessary elements for a perfect Super Bowl Party. But this year, I’ve got to admit – I’ll just be watching for the commercials. First of all, I’m a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Without them in the big game, I’m only a fraction as excited as I would

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Batman and the Iceberg Principle

Batman and the Iceberg Principle

We all know the big thing about icebergs, right? What we see on top is just a small percentage of what lies beneath the water. That can be scary for sailors and passengers on the Titanic, but if you’re the sort of person who likes to be prepared, it’s a good fact to know. Sometimes, it can almost be reassuring, like in the case of this iceberg resembling a certain masked vigilante… If that iceberg looks like Batman’s head, then it only stands to reason that the rest of him is under the waves,

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The Man Behind the Dream

The Man Behind the Dream

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on the great works of a man who sought to teach us about equality and justice. One of the most powerful things about Dr. King’s work is the way in which he humanized so many things, urging each of us as individuals to reflect on what we can do to bring equality to our world. We’re all pretty familiar with the most iconic aspects of Dr. King’s activism, his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and even his writings from a night spent behind bars, “A

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Why I Talk to Myself Every Morning

Why I Talk to Myself Every Morning

Now that we’re more than a full week into the New Year, it’s time to ask: “How are you faring with your resolutions?” This year, rather than resolve to create a new habit, I promised myself to continue with one I got back into last year. Morning affirmations. Zig Ziglar famously said: “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing – that’s why I recommend it daily.” It takes practice, but when we wake up every morning and make focusing on the space between our ears part of our routine, we’re becoming

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And That’s a Humorous Holiday Wrap!

And That's a Humorous Holiday Wrap!

In my humble opinion, one of the greatest inventions of all time is the gift bag. My gift-wrapping looks about as good as my handwriting, which is to say, horrible. I’ll confess – I haven’t tried that hard, but when I do give it a whirl, I either cut too much paper or not enough, winding up with the dreaded gap. If I try to cover the gap, then I wind up with a taped up mess that looks like…well…my wrapping. When I can’t shop at stores that provide gift-wrapping service, I rely on

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Ugly is the New Cute

Ugly is the New Cute

Were you invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year? If you haven’t heard, ugly is the new cute. What started as an ironic hipster trend, with young folks mocking the tacky tastes of their sweater-wearing elders, has come full circle. Now, manufacturers are intentionally making and selling ugly Christmas sweaters and ugly sweater DIY kits to meet the demand for over-the-top holiday horrors. These parties have become so popular, Time.com dedicated an entire article to the history of this relatively new tradition. Even the Royal Family – yes, the Queen and Prince

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What I Really Want This Christmas

What I Really Want This Christmas

It’s a season for giving, and as I pointed out in my post about GoFundMe success stories, we should try to give in some way every day of the year. I’ve also learned that asking is just as important as giving. You may remember a post about a Rejection Therapy exercise the Matchmaker Logistics team did a couple of years ago. (It’s worth re-reading just for the joke at the end!) The exercise can easily be summed up with this quote from Roger Ellerton, author of Win-Win Influence: “Ask for what you want! Give

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Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

Doctors report that every slice of bacon you eat takes nine minutes off of your life. I did the calculations, and based on this information, I should have died in 1792. Let’s just say that like any normal person, I love me some bacon. I bring it home. I fry it up in a pan. And, yes, I eat that marvelous, magical food whenever I can. But even though bacon is really close to my heart (Don’t go bacon my heart….I couldn’t if I fried….), I don’t believe bacon should be in everything. Here

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Thinking Like Al Capone

Thinking Like Al Capone

Last weekend, the Matchmaker Logistics team conducted its annual staff retreat followed by our Christmas Party. After a morning of learning and goal-setting for 2017, the team did a group activity – an escape room. If you haven’t heard of them, escape rooms are a hot new fad. Think of them as a video game come to life. It’s a real, live physical adventure game where the players are locked in a room. The challenge: use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit. Our

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