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,...

Carpe diem

Some scary stuff has been happening in my town. Someone has been lying in wait at apartment complexes and attacking residents as they come and go. As part of its reporting on the story, a local news program decided to include a segment on self-defense, including a...

Take the t-shirt

My brother did it again. In the spirit of Christmas, he found a new way to get under my skin. The card he left under the Christmas tree looked innocuous enough. The envelope puffed out a bit, prompting me to silently muse about what kind of gift card may have been...

Crying won’t help

A couple of weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins lost to the New England Patriots in an AFC match-up. (Sorry folks, but here comes another football metaphor.) There wasn’t a lot about the game that came as a surprise–the Pats were expected to win, after all. To...