Monday, July 13, 2020

Having fun during COVID-19

Hello!

There are ways to enjoy summer...even amid Corona.

Since you're safe outdoors, I've gone to many outdoor haunts where there are limited crowds.  Wauconna Parkway is beautiful with its lagoon and Venice-mimicking tableau.

I've discovered so many of these.  There's a lovely trail in University Park that is next to a nature center....both are great options.

Then, if you are good with your partner, go to the drive-in.  We're going and expect to have a LOT OF FUN!

There are many parks to visit that have their unique identity.  The trail in Oak Forest has a lot of natural wonders and if you're lucky, a deer will cross your path.  Then, at the end of the trail, enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic tables.

But, one thing I've tried to avoid:  ZOOM virtual fun.

Why?  Because who wants to see a block of one's photo when you can have REAL FUN!


Monday, July 6, 2020

Americans have no....

PATIENCE!

As we see Europe return to normal from COVID-19, Americans continue to see the number soar and surge.

WHY?

Because we have no patience and no willingness to make the sacrifice to comply.

I see folks yelling in government meetings about "their right to not wear masks."

I see beachgoers huddled together and frolicking in a pool -- a small space.

I even saw a security guard get murdered in Flint because he barred someone from coming into a store because she didn't have a mask.

States that opened early are witnessing the biggest jump in cases and deaths.

The European Union is barring Americans to come to Europe because they could spread it to their citizens.

Dr. Fauci is looking with alarm and the escalating numbers and sees little hope if America doesn't buckle down and take this seriously.

There is no end in sight if folks don't do the right thing and exhibit discipline, short-term sacrifice and the willingness to live.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sometimes...you gotta let it go

I've worked on this project for over a decade.  I've always felt a certain sense of pride at being asked year and year to do the Public Relations.

But, this year was stressful...a nightmare...a drain.

I don't know what made this year so different.  Maybe it's my age or lack of tolerance for the drama surrounding this project, or maybe lack of patience.

Whatever the reason:  It's time to let it go.  It's time to say NO.  It's time to refuse to do it again.

I do this once a year and each year, I vow not to do it the next year.  But, with the lapse of time, I forget.

This year, I won't forget!  I've tagged a lot of people to remind me when the request comes to say...NO!  When the client is treating me to a sumptuous breakfast...say....NO!  When the memory of the stress of it all begins to wear down as the year goes by, remember and say...NO!

In other words, say NO!

Monday, June 15, 2020

One word

For all of the turmoil in the world:  Black men being murdered, the Corona-19 pandemic in full throttle, heightened protests, statues toppled, anger...anger...anger.

One word:

PRAY!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Outrage, shock and tears

Like anyone who saw that tape of George Floyd having the life "kneed" out of him by a cop, I have a mix of emotions.

Outrage
Fear
Sadness

When you survey the landscape of the scores of black men -- and women -- being murdered in the most horrid of ways at the hands of law enforcement.

Rifled down Armery by vigilantes in a dump truck, who killed him like a dog.

Put a chokehold on Eric Garner who yelled "I can't breathe" in his final hours.

Bulleted their way into Breonna's home and murdered her.  Later found out that the criminal they sought was already in custody.

Too often these "law enforcers" are exonerated.

Let's keep our eye on the ball and resolve to keep society's feet on the fire and get white people "woke."

And, let's be vigilante about Karens lying and using their privilege as a weapon to get blacks into the prison mix.

It's time for us to rise up.  Use the tools of the smartphone to expose and use our voices.

But do it with resolve but in peace.

Monday, May 18, 2020

My sermon - what a triumph

My brother pleaded with me to deliver a sermon on Mother's Day since the original speaker had backed out!

What a TRIUMPH!

My message was:  A WAY OUT OF NO WAY where I spotlighted women who had prevailed against considerable challenges.

The sermon was rhythmic and powerful.  The lesson of finding A WAY OUT ON NO WAY resonated with the congregation (the sermon was delivered via Zoom) and I'm still basking in the afterglow.

So, my Toastmasters training paid off.

It was a triumph! 

BRAVO!  ME!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Finding relief

I've had a condition for a year and it has caused much anxiety and frustration.  It is incurable and that hangs over me as a source of doom and gloom.  However, it doesn't end of death and that is some consolation.

But, it's left me in a total sense of despair.

But, then, I heard about a guy who had the same condition and is helping those with the disease.   While there is still no cure, he put me on a positive course.  He said to practice being calm and that will help allay the severity of it.

Throughout the conversation, I felt a sense of relief and a feeling of calm.

He was reassuring.

I got a new mindset and a sense of psychic relief that things will get better.

And that is a start toward a positive outcome.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Super Bowl???

Amid all of the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl on this ONE DAY, you must start to assess how to make everyday a SUPER BOWL for life.

Be positive.

Be kind.

Be upbeat.

Be inspirational.

Be aspirational.

Following these steps will make sure your life is a permanent SUPER BOWL!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Paying on time puts you at the front of the line and uppermost on the radar

Recently, a new staff member took my weekly order for an item I order frequently. She stated that I'd missed the deadline by an hour and she couldn't take it.

Humph, I thought.  Now, I'm a good customer.  I pay on time.  I'm always courteous.

So, I thanked her and called back and asked for my usual customer service rep, who'd been promoted.  Because I'm a good customer, I felt I should be accorded the trappings and benefits that reliability affords.

With no hesitation, he put my order in and confirmed with the e-mail.  Within 15 minutes, the former rep called back with an apology and with a promise to treat me with the type of respect and adoration that a long-time, faithful customer deserves.

So, there!