Lost at Sea

I make no excuses for this. It’s me. Always has been. There are times when the bits and pieces of useless information stay with me for eternity, while more important knowledge flies into the Bermuda Triangle five minutes after it’s been assimilated. I chuckled to myself last week when one of my employees former employees called to ask directions in forwarding phone calls. Her extremely detailed directions were not working. Ummm… *thinking, thinking, thinking* Nope, this tidbit from a pastRead more

A Day for Gratitude

  “Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our nation’s character.” ~Tom Perez~ Lives focused and resolved Able to work through time and task Believing in a mission, a vision Obeying the rules, the boss Realizing a job well done   Dedicated,Read more

The Almost Perfect Leader

Tuesday will come with many mixed emotions. My boss, Rose, is retiring after 33 years as a public employee. I’ve worked with her for 16 of those years, through many changes in our work and personal lives. I’m happy for her, but sad for myself…for the loss of someone who inspired me in so many ways. She is the Almost Perfect Leader. “Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order.”  ― Debasish Mridha My boss is theRead more

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That is the correct one-liner from the Wizard of Oz, the epic 1939 movie classic starring Judy Garland. When the general population quotes this memorable line, they don’t always get it right (myself included). But more on that later. Last week, I was reminiscing about the days early into my current job. It was 1992. I had left a position in the Business Office at one of our state’s correctional facilities. AlthoughRead more

Red Rose

Poetry Day Six: Hero(ine), Ballad, Anaphora/Epistrophe Have you had enough, my cringing readers, of rhyme and haiku and words you don’t understand? I urge you, come out from behind the hands that cover your angst, for today’s poem is about a hero: My boss. I’ve been yearning to write about her and today’s challenge is a perfect way to share the love, respect and admiration I have for her. I hope you enjoy. The Red Rose stands as a soulRead more

Punctual Faces

A co-worker and I exchanged texts recently: K: Hi Mary, I’m staying home today…I have laryngitis. Me: Feel better and quit yelling at your husband! K: Yeah, now I have to use poster board and markers to yell at him! Me: Use capital letters and lots of exclamation marks!!! Oddly enough, I didn’t reply with a face B-) That’s unusual 😮 But I did punctuate!!! I’m a serial face maker and punctuat*r I can’t help myself… Know what I mean?Read more

A Seriously Skewed Collision

Do you ever notice how many different versions of you exist? We slip in and out of our different personas without even noticing. Yes, we do, and today I was a bit skewed during a noon walk. I could not help myself. Pointing the phone camera at an angle took the edge off the serious, obsessive/compulsive employee that dwelled in the corner office on Monday. That version of me – the person who works with spreadsheets, reports and various computer programs all dayRead more