Archive for the ‘Relationships’ Category

Adult or Child?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The answer is neither and both. One minute they may act like a child and demand attention, and the next minute they may complain that they should be able to make all of their own rules (without you involved). Teens need to start practicing some independence since that is a developmental task of adolescence. They also need to be dependent upon a parent for support, supervision and guidance. They need the safety net that comes from having parents who are fully involved in their ongoing care and development. (more…)

The Lost Art of Listening, Part 2

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Develop one-word tags to label a speaker’s main points. For instance, if a member complains about payment, you may tag “dues.” Trigger words are an easy way to keep track of a speaker’s remarks and to prevent your mind from wandering. This works well in situations with frustrated members who may rant and rave, only to forget much of what they have said. If you respond to their main points by using your tag words, they know you were listening. (more…)

The Lost Art of Listening, Part 1

Friday, July 20th, 2012

When Charles Wang and his family came to America in 1949, they had two suitcases. Wang, now worth well over $100 million in Computer Associates International Stock, says that his company grew because they listened to their clients. Wang says that while most computer companies sell people what they need, his company asked them what they wanted and then carefully listened to their responses. Maybe Yogi Berra knew what he was talking about when he said, “If you listen long enough, you will hear something.” (more…)

Tips for Maintaining Friendships

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Friendships are a must for healthy living, says Sheenah Hankin, a Manhattan-based psychologist who specializes in relationships and personality disorders. She offers the following advice for staying connected:
Make regular dates with friends — Block out time on your calendar weeks in advance for having dinner or lunch or going to a museum with a friend, and schedule all other professional and family commitments around that. Rotate friends into the time slot. (more…)

Insight and Even more Brilliance, Part 4

Friday, December 30th, 2011

“The Young oust the Doc” is next. I already discussed this. One thing I didn’t mention, however, is that they said several times that Doc was sick. The money was a bigger issue, but the first thing they mentioned when discussing voting out Doc was that he was sick. This is the first time I’ve heard this. I wonder if he was really sick or just something they grabbed onto to justify voting him out. (more…)

Insight and Even more Brilliance, Part 3

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

“What do I think? I am excited!”

I am not making this up. We had a group of multi-million-dollar company top level executives talking to a bunch of geeky engineers like they were at a sales force rally.

The person next to me leaned over and whispered, “If they say excited one more time, I’m going to get really concerned for my job.” (more…)

Insight and Even more Brilliance, Part 2

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Tom and Lex were discussing being woken up in the middle of the night to the lions (this conversation I am not making up):

Tom: I’m not sure what I was thinkin’, but I’m pretty sure the first thing I felt was fear.
Lex: Well, I know when I got woken up out of a dead sleep it was definitely fear.
Tom: But after I got done hugging Ethan, I settled down, then we cuddled back up.
Lex: I could hear you two like girls…
Tom: I called him Jessie! I don’t know why. ::laughter:: And then, my fingers got stuck in that curly hair and I knew it wasn’t Jess and said, “Uh oh, excuse me!” (more…)

Insight and Even more Brilliance, Part 1

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

This is the section where new articles and such shall reside

On the first clip, Ethan, Mamma Kim, and Tom were discussing all the animals they heard the night before, the lions pacing around, breathing, “I heard hyenas howling, zebras, and I think I even heard an elephant.” (more…)

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Part 2

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Studies show that marrying for financial gain greatly decreases the likelihood of a lifelong love, according to Parrott.


“You are marrying money. You are not marrying a person,” Parrott says. “Anybody that is going to say, ‘Yeah, I want to be married to a millionaire,’ is just saying, ‘I want to be married to a certain lifestyle, and this person is just a means to that lifestyle.’ Marriage was never meant to be a means. It’s an end.”



What’s Love Got to Do With It? Part 1

Monday, June 27th, 2011

New FOX Game Show Raises Questions About the State of American Unions


FEB. 16, 2000 — Who said you can’t buy love? Like never before in American popular culture, FOX’s bizarre mix of game show and pageant, “Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?”, said irrevocably — yes, you can — on Tuesday night.


Fifty women competed before a nationally televised audience for immediate marriage to a mystery multimillionaire. (more…)