Making Gravy

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A newly wed wife came home from work one day to find her husband had prepared a roast.  She was thrilled, but puzzled: he had cut the ends off the roast before cooking it.  In her sweetest possible voice she asked, “Sweetheart, I notice you cut the end off the roast.  Any particular reason why?” Busy preparing the rest of the meal, he replied, “That’s the way you cook a …
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Beer Goggles Decisions

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What is a Beer Goggle Decision? Two smart entrepreneurs were bemoaning a couple of hiring mistakes they had made. Curious, I asked, “What led you to hire these guys in the first place”? “They seemed like good guys who would fit into the company”, they replied. “What about the specific skills and experience they brought to the table?” I continued. “Well, they were the only two candidates we had, we …
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Facing Into The Storm

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Instincts of bison tell them to face into the storm Bison are magnificent animals that roamed our Western plains in huge numbers, until over-hunted by white hunters more than a century ago.   The weather on the plains can be harsh, blowing snow by winter and wind-driven dust storms in the spring and summers.  Yet these mighty beasts persist.  When faced with a storm they turn into it.  Their instinct tells …
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Hike Your Own Hike

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Eight years ago, my friend Jeff invited me and a few others on a 60-mile hike in Glacier National Park.  It was a magnificent and memorable trip.  So, when he called in December to invite me to join him and his family for a hike in southernmost Chile (Patagonia), I jumped at the chance.  Parque Nacional Los Torres is as spectacular as it is remote – immense glaciers, awe-inspiring peaks, …
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This is NOT Just for Baby Boomers

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Your Life Calling is the name of Jane Pauley’s monthly show produced by AARP. Before you start thinking, that’s for old people. It’s not! Although it profiles people over 50 who have made dramatic career changes, the lessons we can draw from them are relevant regardless of age. You’ve no doubt heard, “follow your bliss”. Perhaps you have done that and are now struggling to make a living doing it. …
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