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I read recently about the resurgence of the measles virus in the United States even though it was considered eradicated back in 2000. Since that claim there have still been between 50 and several hundred cases reported each year. A big factor seems to be travelers returning home from other countries where the disease is more active and infecting those who are not vaccinated. I won’t get on my soap box about those that don’t believe in vaccinations, even though it’s ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible.   Does that count as a soap box?

Hope - Why Andy from Shawshank Was Right

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There are several movies I feel compelled to watch every time they appear while I’m surfing through the channel guide on my television. Some are classics and some I would be embarrassed to name, lest you judge my cinematic taste. From The Godfather to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I’ll watch. You want to take a deep dive into Jeremiah Johnson, fine. I’ll also take that dive with you intoTalladega Nights. I like to call my taste eclectic. Some call it unexplainable. Whatever.

How To Channel Your Inner Clark Griswold  

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I was doing some research for a talk I gave recently – OK, research is a strong word – I was looking up stuff on Google. I searched for lists of common things that make people uncomfortable. As you can imagine, a lot of the same stuff showed up on different lists: heights, snakes, confrontation, public speaking, etc. There was one however, that really stood out for me. It only showed up on one list, but it was by far my favorite. I chuckled out loud because I had never considered it, and it was sort of true for me.

Life Lessons From "Dutch"

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If you were fortunate to have living grandparents or great grandparents as a kid, do you remember your parents telling you to spend as much time with them as possible? They said “You can learn so much. They won’t be around forever. It’s important to know your family’s history.” And of course there was the dreaded “you’ll be sorry one day if you don’t.” As I look back, when I was smart enough to spend time talking to my grandparents, the stories are what resonate with me. So many tales and tidbits of wisdom accumulated over the years just waiting to be told. All I needed to do was ask.

Giving Our Best When It Matters Most

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Some thirty years ago I stood at my then girlfriend’s refrigerator trying to find something to eat. I located a single piece of cake toward the back and ate it in three bites. No piece of cake is complete without some milk to wash it down, so I grabbed the carton; made sure the coast was clear; and proceeded to drink directly from the container. Mid-gulp I noticed said girlfriend standing in the doorway staring at me. I prepared for the worst. She moved toward me, leaned up, kissed me on the cheek, and walked away. My immediate thought: “I think I could spend the rest of my life with this woman.”

The Power Of Touch - When Words Just Aren't Enough

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I had lunch with a friend a while ago and he introduced me to his fiancé’ – who I’d heard much about – so I felt like I should hug her. After we hugged, she said “Oh, you’re one of those people that really knows how to hug.” I’m not sure it was a compliment, but at least she said it in a way that told me I didn’t come across creepy.

If I Don't Do It, Who Will?

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My Sunday school class was discussing generosity recently and we talked quite a bit about what motivates us to be generous or helpful to others in need. Why do we decide to get involved in some areas and not others? Do we need a personal connection to the situation? Do some things tug on our hearts more than others? Does Sarah McLachlan have to sing that song from the SPCA commercial before we act? Is it all a matter of timing in relation to what’s going on in our own lives?

How To Create Memorable Customer Service By Focusing On This

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I write and speak a lot about customer service because I am fascinated how some companies and individuals excel in this area and others fail miserably. What’s the difference in success or failure when it comes to taking care of your customers? There are many things that make up great customer service, but in my years of experience and observation, I keep honing in on a theme that leads to happy and loyal customers.


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