The Plan, From Someone Who Hates Planning

I hate planning because, more often than not, my plans get upended by unforeseen circumstances.  For example, …

I plan to finish a painfully detailed and tedious project at work by week’s end only to find an error in my SQL query which means I will have to fix said error and then redo several days’ worth of work. To add insult to injury, I crash our server in my effort to fix said error and then have to wait until the next day before I resume my work on the project.  As of this post, I am still behind on that project.

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Ten Things Not to Do at a Corporate Team Building Event


Are you required to participate in team-building events with your coworkers? Continue on to John Howell’s blog for ten good reasons to call in sick the next time you’re faced with a team-building event :)

Originally posted on Fiction Favorites:

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This list was inspired by attending over 300 team building events in my corporate career. I hope you like it and find the advice useful for your next team building event. If you are in charge of team building events, I am begging you to stop holding team building events.

Ten Things Not to Do at a Corporate Team Building Event

10 If your company is having a team building event, do not think your team relationships will last. If you do, at best you will be seen as weak and someone to avoid. At worst, the next promotion will go to your new friend who explained to the boss how needy you are.

9 If your company has a team building event, do not fall for the old trust building exercise. If you do, at best your trust will not be reciprocated. At worst, you will place your trust…

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Short short story: Sunday Dinner

This short short story was originally published on The Community Storyboard in May 2013.  With some minor revisions, I’m reprinting it here. 

Sunday Dinner

The child’s cry pierced my ears, and I thanked God again that I was too blind to see her tear-soaked red face.  Every Sunday they put me through this.  As an old woman, a matriarch, I’m supposed to be grateful.  And I cope well enough with the cacophony of patent leather shoes and Buster Browns tripping across my wood floors.  I cope with the sting and stench of my son-in-law’s cigar smoke, fighting for attention with the sour aroma of sauerkraut and kielbasa, my shoulders  constantly pressed and rubbed as if I needed a reminder that it’s another Sunday dinner with all my children and their children. Read the full post »

Something Scary Is Headed This Way

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10 Great Quotations from Oscar Wilde


Some truly interesting quotes from one of the most interesting writers in history: Oscar Wilde. Part of one of his quotes listed on Interesting Literature resonates with me: “Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?” What about you?

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

Oscar Wilde was born on this day in 1854, so we’ve looked through the literary library here at Interesting Literature to bring you our ten favourite Wildean one-liners!

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. – ‘The Remarkable Rocket’

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. – The Picture of Dorian Gray

To be really medieval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes. – ‘A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated’

Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do. – ‘The Remarkable Rocket’

The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped…

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A Different Kind of Book Review: Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie


The sweet aroma of warm cinnamon coffee cake circled the kitchen, enveloping the cousins as they sat in their usual spots around the table.  Randy was pouring coffee into plain white stoneware mugs.  Mary had conceded to using the mugs instead of the usual delicate teacups she preferred.  Randy wasn’t clumsy by nature but he seemed to channel Elizabeth from the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances whenever he handled fine bone china.

Mary was passing around slices of the coffee cake.  Maggie was knitting, and Melissa was leafing through the book they would discuss that morning.  She handed the paperback to Randy, and he grinned as he placed it beside his mug. Read the full post »

Ten Things Not to Do If You Are Over Seventy Years of Age


A great Top Ten List from John Howell! For the young at heart crowd :)

Originally posted on Fiction Favorites:

This list was inspired by having the opportunity to be around some of my peers over the last couple of weeks. Also, Kevin Brennan author of Occasional Soulmates had a great post last Saturday about his 79-year-old mother. You can read that one HERE

10 If you are over seventy, make sure the foreign object you think is in your food is really there. If you don’t, at best the store manager will give you your money back but will give you that “old person” roll of the eyes. At worst, the object turns out to be your glasses that fell off while you were looking closely to find out what it was. This will be discovered by the customer service person surrounded by twenty other shoppers.

9 If you are over seventy, do not think you can ride a bicycle at top speed, wipe out and bounce like you…

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Life is Scary


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share Pamela’s story and message.

Originally posted on Year 'Round Thanksgiving Project:

Please read and share. Reblogs are welcome to spread the word on this very important subject.

October is a scary month. There is Halloween of course. But it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence is a frightening thing. It seems to permeate our society. We think it is only happening to other people. Other as in “poor, other races or cultures, or lower ‘class’ people. Certainly not our middle class friends or family.


Domestic violence does not discriminate.

I was a young bride from a well known solid middle class white church going family. Then the unthinkable happened. My husband shoved me. I hit my head and it bled as head wounds bleed. What had I done? I thought it had to have been my fault. I would be a better wife. He apologized and said he would never do that again. He told me how much…

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Feelin’ lucky? Enter my Goodreads Occasional Soulmates giveaway


Enter this contest for a chance to win Kevin Brennan’s latest novel, Occasional Soulmates!
Of course, you could do as I did and buy the book and then you wouldn’t need to enter the contest. In fact, if you buy the book now, you’ll probably get it before the contest closes on November 5. You might even read it before the contest closes. And then you will be very very glad that you went ahead and bought the book :)

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Occasional Soulmates by Kevin  Brennan

Occasional Soulmates

by Kevin Brennan

Giveaway ends November 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Letting Go, Part II

Some time ago I wrote about “letting go” of my earliest writings (you can read that post here).  Just for the record, I still have most of those early writings, slowly rotting away on decades-old onion-skin typing paper.  I will eventually let go of them, but only after I’ve scanned them and resigned them to an indefinite existence in the Cloud.

Today, letting go involves leafing through my files, a tidy box of folders, hanging and otherwise. Read the full post »

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