Apple, Actions & Leopards

By Mark Matteson

Edmonds, Washington is a sleepy little burg on the shores of Puget Sound. The ferry goes back and forth from Edmonds to Kingston. I am always happy to return there from my travels. It is like an old friend I havent seen for a few years; I pick up where I left off. As a kid, I called it Deadmonds and couldnt wait to leave. Now, 35 years later, I smile when I walk aroun

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What Is The Best And Highest Use of Your Time?

By Mark Matteson

If you try to teach a pig to sing, two things happen:1. Youannoythepig. 2. You waste your timeand your money!Each of us gets paid for our contribution to the marketplace, whether we have our own company or we work for someone else. It is the quality and quantity of our contribution that determines our value to the organization and the corresponding income we earn. Want to earn more m

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Who Doesn't Have a Microwave?

By Mark Matteson

I woke up early without an alarm today. I glanced at the clock in an unfamiliar room. It was 5:07 AM. I checked in on my sister. She was holding a vigil, sleeping in the hospital bed brought in just for my mother. You okay? Need anything? I asked. I didnt sleep much, she replied. If you want to sit with Mom for a while, I will try to get some sleep.

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The Bamboo Tree

By Mark Matteson

In 1963, my family lived in Yokohama, Japan. I was six years old and had a nanny, Yoshiko-san. She took me everywhere she went. We would often stop at the same Buddhist temple before going home. One day, an elderly gentleman was digging a hole. Like Curious George, I asked why? Yoshiko-san asked him in Japanese, on my behalf (she already knew), what he was doing. He explained that he was planting

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It's Not WHERE You Start, It's HOW You Finish

By Mark Matteson

It was the summer of 67, the Summer of Love. I was ten years old, so I missed it. I did, however, LOVE to swim. I was a fish. Many times I said to myself, One day, I will have a pool of my own! Hey, I was ten.We were in England for three weeks, and my father and I were at the Brighton Pool. It was an amazing place. It was the size of a football field and had three differe

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Why Presentation Coaching?

By Tom Hofbauer

We've been speaking all of our lives - in conversations, in providing instructions, and in making one's needs be known. And many people equate proficiency in daily speaking with a proficiency in delivering a presentation.But just because one can flirt with the pizza delivery person or provide directions to the next town, that does not mean that the same person can speak effectively to CEOs, CF

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CHANGE IS INEVITABLE

By Melissa Wittenborn

Would you agree that the one thing that is CERTAIN in this life is that CHANGE is always around us? Sometimes change is there whether we like it or not! Grrrr to that!!!The truth is, change is always occurring in our lives. Sometimes change is in the form of a job loss, home loss, relationship loss, loss of a loved one through death, loss of a child through their "leaving the nest", or count

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"Positive Outlook" (Excerpted from GOING GREEN WITH YOUR SELF-ESTEEM by Melissa Wittenborn)

By Melissa Wittenborn

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it. Ralph Waldo EmersonHave you ever heard the expressions, "the glass is half empty"? Or is it, "the glass is half full"? It actually depends on who you have the conversation with. Some people are always looking at their lives as "half empty", yet others, no matter what the course, look

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Before You Sign On the Dotted Line

By Bobby Sneed

Don't break your promise to the wife you married when you were young. I hate divorce,' says the Lord God of Israel. Malachi 2:15(NIRV) There is a difference between a great marriage and a working marriage arrangement. A great spouse that is dependable, loyal, has ability, has a positive mental attitude, is willing to go the extra mile and applies faith is a virtuous person.

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A Heart That Beats For Love

By Bobby Sneed

The heart muscle is responsible for supplying blood to vital organs. Blood is fluid, consisting of plasma, blood cells, and platelets that are circulated by the heart through the vertebrate vascular system, carrying oxygen and nutrients to, and waste materials away, from all body tissues. The heart is an involuntary muscle. This means it beats independent of our will, not by our own choice. As we

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