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Nostalgic: My cat Lucky

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Lucky passed away this afternoon at age 15.

Our handsome cat, Lucky was put to sleep at age 15 today. He lost his battle to feline aids and our surprise; it was very shocking!. He was a beautiful blondes tabby coat; extra toes often referred to as a Hemingway cat or a snowshoe cat. He weighed twenty-eight pounds.

You never can shake the sadness from your heart or stop the tears from streaming down your face, and no matter how many times we lose a pet, Lucky was my family member!

My husband was with him in the end; I was at work. I felt great guilt for not being able to hold him in my arms and to say good-bye. He was a mere twelve pounds when he died.

Lucky began to drop the weight a month prior. He had stopped eating and would not drink the water. Why didn’t I see his symptoms?

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7 Reasons Why Businesses Keep Secrets


The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.~ Aristotle Onassis

Often how we perceive things is not what it is when it comes to business secrets. As a regular worker, it may come across as a conspiracy when in actually it is strategic planning for the greater good of the organization.

There are seven reasons why businesses keep secrets:

  1. You don’t know whether the thing is going to work or whether it will ever exist. A plan is in action; it won’t work or be successful, so it is important to work through it and bring to fruition.
  2. Before being fully fleshed-out and explained about new information, it can lead to stress among the staff. During the restructuring of an organization or downsizing due to budget cuts. It is normal for staff to feel that they will be on the line, reassigned or if they are going to be laid off.
  3. Making a splash in the press: The last thing an organization needs is the media getting a hold of what is in the planning.
  4. Scheduling/ Launch Strategy: Plan, schedule when a change is going to take effect. We want to space stuff out so that there is plenty of time to begin new things, but also enjoy the things that have been around and successful and pleasant for a long time. It is also really nice to be able to launch something while people can participate in it.
  5. Competitive Advantage: It is always nice to be the first to showcase something new that has not been done by anyone else. As a company grows, it is better to reveal in its own time.
  6. Someone is making us: Investment is important and is one of the reasons for keeping that thing a secret like the above-stated comment.
  7. Remaining cool: Being true to your organization is important and crucial. Avoid being discredited; it can make or break an organization.

Organizations have their methods of doing things; it is how you execute the change that will make all the difference and lead to success. Food for thought.

 

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My Phantom Girl


Nostalgic: My Phantom Girl

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It has been about two years since my cat; Phantom passed away and memories of her come fluttering through my mind. She was elderly, but in good shape for her years, maintaining her weight at eight and a half pounds. She was a trooper until the end. On her last evening, she comfortably laid down on our lawn and went in her sleep. I, imagine that she did not suffer.

A week or two prior I did notice that her walk was stiff. She was not as agile as a young kitty. I adopted Phantom from my dear friend, Joyce. Phantom and her family found their way to her house. Joyce took notice; she got all of them taken care of at the Vets and eventually found homes for all of them. Joyce and I worked together at the time.

One day, she approached me about adopting. I was unsure…

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True Dreams Past and Present


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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

I did not have an idea what my future would bring growing up. I had many dreams back then, but the dreams I had were very high on my ambition scale. My parents did the best with what they had. We were a family of four, my dad worked a lot, and my mom stayed at home to take care of us, but my story is not about my upbringing, it’s about discovering our real dreams. I left my parents direct to my married home.

Now, fast forward to the present. I am in my late fifties, have adult children, I am a grandmother and married to the same guy for over thirty years. What can I say, he is my best friend, my…

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Life is a Gift


In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

Life is a gift, an incredible gift not to be squandered, but merely cherished at every chapter experienced throughout a lifetime. I woke up longing for my life’s purpose. I  continue to search, and I search through taking pictures and my writing but I yet to find it. It is like a piece of my life’s puzzle is missing and I am searching for that missing piece to bring it to completion. In my soul, I see it I was meant to be doing something more, and there is an empty void inside my professional heart.

On a personal note: I am married to a good man I have an amazing family, and yet I question my professional side. It is as though I am not complete! I ask myself, “did I make a difference in someone’s life today?” Or, ” Was I able to make an impact for the greater good?”My answer is usually, “no!”

My decision? I plan to search for that one job that will fulfill my professional life. I sent three resumes thus far and will continue on my quest. The skies are the limit until I find the right fit for me! The area of my search will be broad I worked different roles. I will explore my options from this day forward…stay tuned!


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Celebration of Love 35 Years


A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.~ Paul Sweeney

Our anniversary weddingTime passes by so quickly that before you know it you are older, wiser and if you are one of the lucky ones?  You get to marry the love of your life, your soulmate, and best friend all rolled up in one person. It is hard to believe that on September 10, 2016, we will celebrate 35 years of wedded bliss.

What began as a night out with my girlfriends turned into a beautiful evening with a handsome young man. I did not have any intentions of meeting anyone on that night of February 23, 1980. When our eyes met, I felt that special spark that many take a lifetime to achieve. We danced, we talked, and when it was time to go home you gave me your number without expectations. Can you believe I still have the sign language card with your number? Who would have thought!

Years later, we have a loving family with two adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. We were not without challenges, trials, heartache but we got through it. If asked, “what is your secret to a successful marriage?” My response? You have to talk it out, have an open mind, experience lots of laughter, be forgiving and have each other’s back no matter what comes along!

Happy 35th my husband!

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Dear Voter: Beware of the Big Bad Wolf!


“The wolf is carnivore incarnate and he’s as cunning as he is ferocious; once he’s had a taste of flesh then nothing else will do.”
Angela Carter

I am reaching out to you this morning to call out! Try and cipher through the negativity dealt with candidates that are undeserving of these attacks, “beware of the big bad wolf!” Beginning with the presidential election,  Hillary vs. Trump campaign. From the beginning, ads kept coming about Hillary’s emails and Trumps tax returns and taking it to the extreme blaming Hillary for her husband’s indiscretion? Whether you are cheering for Trump or Hillary, I say look beyond the crap flung!

As a resident of Osceola County, I see the negativity in full swing with many of the local, state candidates. It is deplorable, disgusting the methods used in attempts to take down an opponent, and individual opposing candidates hiding behind political action committees. It seems like everything is up for grabs, the more sensational, the more votes gained! Those doing the negative ads may think so, but I believe good prevails over evil! It is no surprise that the focus by those aspiring, opposing candidates is to get the unattainable brass ring for those positions of power. Is it worth destroying your opponent’s reputation and family to get it? Personal attacks are not to come into the picture no matter what!

Advice to the opposing candidates running for office and have resorted to negativity? It is a sign of insecurity, desperation and not showcasing a platform worth considering. If you have a stable, secure platform, there is no need for flinging negativity towards your opponent because your platform will speak for itself in the end.

Food for thought!