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Small Business Gratitude

Small Business Saturday is the latest addition to the Holiday shopping lexicon.  After fighting the crowds on Black Friday and before settling in at your computer on Cyber Monday, you can find some fabulous deals at your local small businesses on Saturday.

I love this idea, in part because of my admiration for those courageous souls who embark on the roller coaster ride of owning a small business.  It is not easy.  I know.

Not because I have ever had that kind of courage, but because I have had the good fortune of working at small businesses my whole life.  I’ve seen first hand the ups and downs, the twists and turns.

It takes passion and perseverance for sure, but it also requires an intangible kind of magic.  In my experience, it is the essence of the business owner that makes the magic.

My very first job as a teenager was at a quaint little restaurant called The Belgian Waffle Works Cafe.   It was owned by a  young couple who were generous and funny and kept us upbeat and laughing while we hustled about the always crowded cafe.  I learned from their example the value of treating your employees and customers with respect. The food was delicious, but it was their charm and work ethic that made the place a success.

Flash forward to today.  My entire career has been made possible by small business owners. Read more

Symphony: A Blogpost in Four Movements


When we were kids, my sister and I attended many symphony concerts at the University of California Riverside. Mind you, this was not our choice. We were dragged there begrudgingly.

Our Dad worked as Associate Librarian at the University and was also involved with the Music Department.  Attending those concerts was somewhat of an obligation, though he would undoubtedly describe it as a “perk.” He absolutely loved classical music and enjoyed exposing his daughters to its wonders.

In truth, it wasn’t entirely bad.  It was fun getting dressed up and going out as a family.  The sound of the orchestra tuning up filled me with delightful anticipation.  My Sister and I played Hangman and Tic Tac Toe in the margins of our programs while looking forward to our favorite event of the night: the traditional trek to the vending machine during intermission.

But otherwise I was pretty bored. Rarely did I make it to the end of the performance without falling asleep.  In retrospect, I can’t imagine how that was possible with those timpani and horns!


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The fabric of your being is multi-colored, poly-textural and glorious. You are in fact kaleidoscopic. Depending on where you are and whom you are with, your colors and patterns shift.

It is all you, though. Every turn is beautiful.

Your light shines differently, but brilliantly in every setting. The friends you made in High School and those you met in College were privy to different stages of your development and thus experienced unique aspects of who you are.

You may showcase your keen mind while at work, your compassion in your community, your silliness at home. On any given day you might be the go-to person for one friend, and the one in need to another.

This phenomenon of multiplicity may be the reason a single life touches so many. Read more