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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What is a Husband?

By Bobby Sneed

The definition of a husband is "a married man in relation to how he treats and responds to his wife." The English word "husband," even though it is a basic kinship term, is not a native English word. It comes ultimately from the Old Norse word hsbndi, meaning "master of a house." The prefix "hus" refers to "house." Band means to put on or around something to decorate or identify it or to h

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A More Detailed Biography of Tom Hofbauer

By Tom Hofbauer

He's a modern day Renaissance man. He's been a medical photographer, a legal secretary, a teacher and a business owner. He's been an employee, a boss, fired and unemployed. He hasalso been an actor and a stand-up comedian.In addition to his own work, he worked as a location producer and cinematographer on an Oscar-nominated film (Twist of Faith). He's an author, a writer, producer, director an

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Don't Look Back

By Pam Weatherford

"Don't look back a new day is breakin'It's been too long since I've felt this way.I don't mind where I get takenThe road is calling today is the day."Remember that great song by Boston? Boy, that brings back a lot of memories! Can you guess what year that album came out? It was 1978. It's hard to believe it's been 33 years! What were you doing in 1978? I was 12, which me

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