Your first day

I called home from a business trip to check in with my kids. It was the day my son had intra-squad matches, wrestle-offs, to determine who would claim the varsity positions on his team. The conversation went like this: Me: How’d it go? Favorite son: Mom, you...

Actions speak louder

Several years ago when I separated from my husband, I bought three CDs. Unlike the Veggie Tales and Anne Kaffeekanne discs with which I usually stocked my car, these were for me. It shouldn’t have been a big deal; I just wanted to surround myself with something...

Persistence vs. perseverance

“Mom, isn’t there some rule of salesperson etiquette that says when a customer tells you ‘no’ three times, you stop trying to sell him something?” My son asked me that question last night as we left a store. We had just purchased a mirror...

Excuses, excuses

One of the most useful quotes I’ve ever heard went over like a lead balloon when it was originally articulated: You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time. –Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense,...

Have it your way

Yesterday must have been one of those days. I don’t know what got into me, but I took it upon myself to provide Burger King some feedback at the corporate level. I was trying to be nutritionally responsible and plan my lunch, so I looked up the stats on the...