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Hahahaha...NEVER move to Canada! This is adorable!!!

1 week, 6 days ago on Gin and Topics: It’s Summer Everywhere, But Canada

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What a lovely, brave and honest post @Late_Bloomers !  Thank you for trusting your community and sharing so openly.  While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you in person (that will change one day), I feel as though I have known you for much of my life.  Isn't that odd?  Let me add that you are loving and kind and generous.  These are the gifts that are the result of a life well lived and well heeded.


I was thinking about you and I wanted to share that I have been "reading" (I put quotes around the word because I actually fill my long commute times....3 hours/day...with audible books so I am actually listening) to wonderful books on mindfulness and meditation.  The two that have given me great joy are "10% Happier: How I Tame the Voice in my Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works- A True Story"  by Dan Harris...(humorous, insightful and inspiring) and "Buddhism for Beginners" by Jack Kornfield (thought provoking and inspiring).  You may (or may not ;-) ) find some peace in reading these books.  


Thank you again for being so open and honest!  

Love being sent your way....

Claudia

1 month ago on Do You Know Who You Are?

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Hi @Lori !  What a wonderful post...and thank you for sharing YOU!  


I guess I am an ever evolving, ever learning and ever seeking woman who loves life so deeply that I am always worried that I will miss something.  I love listening to people talk because I learn so much from others.  I am madly in love with my love circle and cherish the times that I get to share with them.  I struggle with being able to stay in the present moment (I am sure this is directly related to my worry that I am going to miss something in life).  I love yoga although lately it feels like I love the thought of yoga more than me actually doing yoga ;-)  I love my alone time when I can be reflective and introspective.  


My children and their significant others bring me boundless joy.  I am proud of them and delight in their presence.  I am blessed to still have my amazing Mom to spend time with and for that I am extremely grateful.  I am proud to have carried on my very special Dad's business and I think of him always. 


I love the outdoors and all the beauty that nature shares.  I love photography. I love music. I am most energized on sunny days however, there is nothing like a wonderful thunderstorm and the sound of rain on the roof.  I feel connected to animals and have a "way" with them.  I am grateful to live in a place that enjoys all four seasons.  


I am so happy to be a part of this community that you have created Lori, even if it is nowhere near as often as I used to be able to join you on your porch.  It is always a very welcome place...thank you for that!  And thank you for inviting us to share a little of who we are!


Claudia

3 months, 1 week ago on Do You Know Who You Are?

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What a beautiful and inspiring post @Lori  The whole tone of the post is just filled with that sense of well being that you are experiencing.  I am so happy for you that you have found this solid and grounded space within.  And living in the moment!!! How awesome is THAT!!  I really love the idea that well being is a journey...I believe that...it is just a matter of putting that into practice and loving the moments whatever they may bring.  Your words are motivating for me and I am sure others...sitting in the proverbial grass and enjoying the sun on your face...what a beautiful image. Thank you so much for sharing!!  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on What is Happiness to You?

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Great post @ChrisAbraham !  One that I will need to revisit to remind myself on those days when I hear crickets that persistence does indeed pay off.  #confidence #conviction #stay-with-it-ness ...check, check and check...


Thank you! 

5 months ago on Blogger Outreach: Persistence is Fertile

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Wow...just WOW and BRAVO Dale Hansen....powerful words....


Thanks @ginidietrich !!

5 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: 100-Year-Old BFFs Answer Pop Culture Questions

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Awwww....you are an amazing woman @Late_Bloomers (Barbara!!!)  Thank you SO much for including me in your celebration of the New Year!  I consider myself so very lucky to have you as a friend.  I know that someday we will enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea in Basel (or ANYWHERE in Europe...I'm not picky ;-) )  Have a most magical 2014 Barbara....fill it with adventure and abundance and love!  Let your heart swell with happiness!  


Many ((HUGS)) my friend!


Claudia

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Wishing You All A Spectacular 2014!

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Hi @Lori !  I miss you and your wonderful community and need to be mindful about carving out more time for those people that I care about!   The quote that you use by Joe Girard is impactful to me because, always, as I strive for success in pretty much anything I do, I have to constantly remind myself that it takes "one step at a time".  I'm not sure if it's impatience that drives me to seek the escalator instead of the stairs so much as it is fear of failure and just wanting the hard stuff to be over with.  Instead of "enjoying" (quotes because sometimes the enjoyment factor is questionable) the journey, I want the destination so that I don't have to face the potential of failure in the in-between steps.  I'm not sure that I know what area of my life I enjoy the most success because I'm not sure what definition of "success" I should go by.  I just know that there are activities and visions in my life that drive me more passionately than others but that this is always fluctuating.  


Your consistency in writing fabulous articles never ceases to amaze me...you are so gifted, not only as a writer but as an insightful and thoughtful modern day "philosopher"!


Hugs,

Claudia

6 months ago on The Key to Success: Discovering Your Success Process

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 @PegFitzpatrick Sorry for the "double" comment...I intended to post as @SocialMediaDDS  and realized too late that I was posting as my alter ego ;-)

6 months, 1 week ago on 8 Smart Tips to Maximize Your Blog Content

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Totally LOVE #4 !! I am heading right over to my email account and making this awesome change!  Overall really great tips...Thank you  @PegFitzpatrick

6 months, 1 week ago on 8 Smart Tips to Maximize Your Blog Content

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Oh Barbara....HAPPY 3rd ANNIVERSARY!!!   ♪♪♫♫♪  I am sending you beautiful celebratory music to make you smile as you move forward in your journey towards year 4, 5, 6 and on and on.  The journey certainly has it rough patches (your speed bumps this year have been difficult) but they all have contributed to what makes  @Late_Bloomers the beautiful, supportive, compassionate and insightful woman that she most definitely is!  I'm so lucky to call you friend!  <3 <3 

8 months ago on Three Years Of Blogging

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Happy Anniversary to a VERY special friend!  @Lori you are always "there" for myself (and others) even when you aren't aware of your "there-ness".  I am forever #grateful that I found @LifeForInstance and its amazing hostess.  Your blog has followed your journey AND equally important (I think) it has helped to guide the journey of your oh-so-amazing community!  

You are loved!   Here's to a future filled with finding our Happy Place and finding the joy in your wisdom....

xoxo

Claudia

8 months, 3 weeks ago on It’s the Third Anniversary of Life, for instance!

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@yvettepistorio @SocialMediaDDS @jasonkonopinski AND we can't forget to post it to Instagram!! Most important part of the process!! ;-)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Instagram: How to Use it to Build Your Brand

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@jasonkonopinski @SocialMediaDDS Hahaha...I can't let the world think that all I do is eat artisan cheeses, apple cultivars and wash it all down with the very best wines...I wouldn't even take me seriously ;-)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Instagram: How to Use it to Build Your Brand

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Between Vine and Instagram, I might as well keep my camera app open all day long and accept that I'm never going to get any work actually done...I'll just have pictures and videos of me looking like we work :-) Seriously though Yvette, this is a great post and I really like your suggestions. My office is in for a real treat today...can you say "cheese"??

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Instagram: How to Use it to Build Your Brand

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@Lori I'm so happy that you had this realization today that all the while that you have been allowing your passion to be "fed", your passion was quietly nurturing your business.  I think that this speaks to the idea that if we are allowed to express our passion in our work in any way that is possible, the work will seem less like "work" and the outcome may be, indeed, very rewarding...your business growing.  It seems to me that it is ultimately a win/win! 

Thank you Lori, for stopping by.  You know how much I value your insight!!

Claudia

9 months, 2 weeks ago on When Was Your First Time?

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First of all...your photos are quite crisp and dynamic so, I think you will have fun with your sophisticated SLR @Late_Bloomers !!  But then, your photos are ALWAYS beautiful Barbara!!

I am writing your recipe for the delicious looking healthy drink for future reference.  My morning drinks are more boring...just fruit in the house and some kale or spinach.  I never thought of putting in cream or yogurt.  OR pepper!!  But it really does sound fabulous!!

Happy October 1st!!

xoxo

Claudia

9 months, 3 weeks ago on I Will Drink To Your Health

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Every time that I read one of your posts Barbara, I want to go to Basel and experience this peaceful and beautiful culture!  So beautiful!!

xoxo

Claudia

10 months ago on A Day In The Life … Art In The Park

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@TheJackB How in the world did I miss this very profound comment by you @TheJackB ??  I must have been too busy putting cotton rolls in peoples mouths ;-)  Thank you for stopping by and please accept my apologies for responding  SO late....

10 months, 1 week ago on Tell Your Dentist Why They Should Be on Facebook

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One of my most favorite things about you @ginidietrich is how refreshingly honest and open you are.  You share the experiences you've had, both good and bad, and demonstrated how each of these experiences has been a learning experience in your journey and how you keep moving forward.  You are the poster child for making lemonade out of lemons and lemon meringue pie out of lemonade (I don't know...is that possible?  I'm not a baker ;-) LOL )  Thank you! 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on What is the ROI of Blogging?

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Hi @Lori !  So happy to have a free day to spend some time on your porch.  I miss you. And, because this post is about friends, I wanted to start out with a possible third type of friend...the kind of friend that you meet (at any time in your life) and it feels like you have known them forever...I have a few of those kinds of friends (most especially and importantly, my husband) and you, Lori, are one of those for me.  (sappy, I know) I LOVE getting together with my grammar school friends (we try to see each other at least once a month) because they have known me from the days when "me" was just developing and it feels so natural to be with them.  I LOVE being with my more recent friends...they know what is going on in my business life and the stresses or joys that I am experiencing that they can completely relate to.  And I love the contentment of having friends that you feel like you've known forever because it just feels like they will always be there no matter what.  

Overall, by choice, I don't have a boatload of friends.  Life is too demanding, chaotic and unpredictable to be able to nurture and tend to too many friendships.  I love deeply the friends that are in my life now...I am a very lucky person!

xoxo

Claudia

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Can You Have Too Many Friends?

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I have had the privilege of being inspired by @ginidietrich  and @belllindsay at  @SpinSucks  since 2009 when I made my first foray into the social media world.  I have learned so much, I have laughed a lot, I have been moved...but mostly, I consider myself very lucky to call you friend and to be part (peripherally usually) of an intelligent and thoughtful (and thought provoking) community.  Happy 7th birthday!  May this be just the beginning of many more rewarding years for you!!

Love you!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Seven Years of Blogging. Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!

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Sweet Barbara....Sometimes you just  have to listen to the universe and put the lists aside...if you needed a day to get nothing done, then you needed a day to get nothing done...Getting "nothing" done can end up being filled with all kinds of wonderful lessons!  Don't be so hard on yourself!!

Sending you love and happiness....

10 months, 2 weeks ago on A Day In The Life … Monday: One Of Those Days

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In my opinion, it is exactly that hideous competitiveness (a tacit message we either covertly or overtly pass down to our young females)  with which women judge each other that IS our downfall...our failure.  There is NO other reason that we shouldn't be more respected, more empowered and in more leadership positions...period.  I have never understood it and as I get older, it bothers me more than ever.  Powerful and positive women like you @ginidietrich , like Sheryl Sandberg, like Marissa Mayer like so so many amazing women ( and of course @belllindsay !!) need to keep spreading the message. Don't give up...I believe this skewed course that we've been on CAN change with the right message.  Thank you for another inspiring post GD. xoxo

11 months, 1 week ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well

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@Late_Bloomers Hmmmmm....I think I'd rather be on a sandy beach, swimming in the sea and enjoying a cool drink for awhile!  Engaging with nature seems like a good option at times!  You paint such a beautiful image Barbara...thank you!

12 months ago on I’m So Excited…

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Well THAT made my day!  Thank you @ginidietrich !!  I have learned so much from you and your gift of genuine engagement is truly what sets you apart!  

12 months ago on I’m So Excited…

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 @ginidietrich I had a blast! AND, I'm pretty sure that they got just the right amount of spice and the chips were warm and salty!  

12 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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Awesome!  Just in time for my presentation to a dental supply company's sales team meeting on social media tomorrow!  I'm pretty sure I've got your 6 points covered!! 

xoxo

Claudia

12 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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@Wendy We can make it our mission to teach them all that it is NEVER too late!! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment!!

1 year ago on It’s Never Too Late

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@Lori my guilty pleasure favorite romantic movie that is TOTALLY unrealistic is Love Actually.  I have probably seen it 5 times and each time I get all teary eyed at the happy endings....none of them would ever happen in real life but this movie makes me all sappy and mushy.  I can never remember quotes....just experiences.  

1 year ago on Messages from Movies: Reality – or Fiction?

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I've seen every one of the movies you cited and many, many more that had similar messages.  Unfortunately I am not as amazing as you are at remembering lines but I DO remember an broad brush feeling that I had with each of these experiences that these messages "felt" correct to my heart.  Of course now, as an older *cough* adult, I realize the hazard in building an emotional infrastructure with those sentiments as a foundation.  In fact, in a weird way, I think that those messages can be "dangerous" because it often takes us years to repair the damage that has occurred because we believed that someone "completed us" or that, because you love someone, you "never have to say you're sorry".  Many of the problems that we encounter in our personal relationships may be because of the messages we believed from the movies!  Without these false promises, we may have worked on some of our relationships differently!! 

Great post @Lori !!

xoxox

Claudia

1 year ago on Messages from Movies: Reality – or Fiction?

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Beautiful and heartfelt post @Lori !  Struggles and life...they do seem to go hand in hand..  There are days that I can envision the "struggles" like @JoyChristin envisions them...opportunities for learning, stretching and growing.  In fact, I long for the sense of inner peace that Joy seems to have and describe.  The struggles that pop up in my life are at times growth inducing but just as often they are hiccups that I allow to turn into challenging spasms...it is my choice, I know, to allow struggles to run away with me and that is something that I work on.  The kinds of tangible struggles that you refer to with regards to desiring a struggle free life for our children, I think, can be achieved with guidance and loving encouragement. The internal struggles and how our children respond to them,however, are probably not something that we can control or prevent.  Does there seem to be a difference in our internal and external (tangible) struggles?  I don't know...do our tangible struggles magnify and accentuate our internal struggles?  Maybe your post caught me on a struggle-vulnerable day ;-)


1 year, 1 month ago on Do the Words “Life” and “Struggle” Always Go Together?

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@JudyLevine Thank you so much for reading this post and for being so enthusiastic about the message!  I really do love piggyback marketing!  xoxoxo

1 year, 1 month ago on Why Piggyback Marketing Works

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SO good to see you Mimi and to be treated to the gift of your words and wisdom.  I love the tradition that your sister began with your nephew...getting the yuckies out is so important.  Oddly enough, my husband and I refer to situations that are unpleasant as "icky"....neither one of us likes "icky" but, life is so much better when "icky" gets put out there to be addressed. 

Thanks for a lovely post, Mimi!  

Hugs,

Claudia

1 year, 1 month ago on Getting the Yuckies Out

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@Late_Bloomers Good morning Barbara!!  So wonderful of you to visit...greatly appreciated!  The seasons are indeed doing a very different kind of marketing this year, aren't they?  They need help with their strategy though ;-)  Thanks for your kind words AND for the Twitter love!  

1 year, 1 month ago on Why Piggyback Marketing Works

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@WordsDoneWrite Hi Amber!  Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment!  Same old, same old is so easy to stick with but, when we are on the same road all of the time, we create ruts.  Sometimes we need a nudge to get us off track and look at other routes...and, for me, piggyback marketing has not only been successful, it is FUN!  

1 year, 1 month ago on Why Piggyback Marketing Works

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Hi Lori! I'm sorry for my late arrival to the porch! Your poem is beautiful...visually descriptive, it describes the island and perhaps can be a metaphor for the islands that we become at times in our journey. Thank you for the kind acknowledgement of my feeble attempts at Haikus. I love writing Haikus and am intrigued by the sense of simplicity they present that turns out to be wrapped in complexity :-). I wrote poetry and songs in college and for a few years after graduation. Inspired by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, I kept notebooks of my words. Unfortunately, they were lost in one of my moves in life. I wish I could see them today to see where I felt I was back at that time in my life. Thanks for sharing your lovely gift!!!

xoxo

Claudia

1 year, 1 month ago on Are You a Poet?

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@Lori @SocialMediaDDS hahaha...was that a hopeful "right?"....We were gifted with five days of beautiful warm sunny weather and then today....cool (feels cold) and overcast.  Oh well...I think I gave due appreciation to those five warm days!  ;-)

1 year, 2 months ago on What are Your Favourite Summer Activities?

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Hi @Lori !  My favorite summer activities include laying in bed as the sun rises and listening to the orchestra of birds that start my summer days...it is almost always the same composition with very little variation and it is beautiful.  I love sitting in the swing by our fire pit in the evening after a day of work (either work on the farm or work at my office) and take in the aroma of the burning twigs and the beautiful scent of summer evenings.  I love lemonade on a hot day.  I love the sound of thousands of cicadas buzzing deafeningly on a hot summer evening.  I love summer!!! 

xoxo

Claudia

1 year, 2 months ago on What are Your Favourite Summer Activities?

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Well this is AWESOME news Sean!! And so well deserved! Sears is very lucky to have you on board...my wish for you is that every day on this new journey brings you great joy !

1 year, 2 months ago on I’ve Accepted a New Job with Sears

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Good morning (USA) lovely Barbara ( @Late_Bloomers ).  What a perfect post (ha ha...couldn't resist)  I think perfection is an illusion and a concept that sets us up for disappointment if we are looking for it/  I feel that the illusion of perfection can create a level of motivation that keeps us on the journey...but to expect ourselves and others to be perfect is unrealistic and frustrating.  Like you, I have tried and the irony (to me) is that it made me unhappy.  I was too hard on myself etc etc.  I LOVE life now because, while I still slip into old habits of being hard on myself, I am WAY more okay with just "being".  And, I agree...I would MUCH prefer hanging out with the person who wears her bad hair days proudly and says what she thinks....THAT is real!

xoxo  I always love your introspection Barbara!

Claudia

1 year, 2 months ago on Do You Think You Have To Be Perfect?

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This is fabulous @Lori Your brother has eloquently put into words what, I think, we all must suspect...that there is a powerful connection between the mind and the body...between emotions and the way we feel.  Thank you for sharing Dr. Abbass's compelling video!  I am trying to become more emotionally and physically aware of my responses in life and can see such strong "proof" of the strong correlation between my mood and my physical sense of well being (or not!)  
Thank you!!

xoox

Claudia

1 year, 2 months ago on Do You Believe the Mind, Body and Emotions are Connected?

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SUCH an important post for people to read.  Those top five regrets resonate so loudly to me.  I just finished reading (and am re-reading because it has moved me so) The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer  (thanks to @Lori Gosselin  )and it speaks to learning how to find our happiness/contentment by finding out who you really are...very compelling and aligns well with your post today!  

xoxo (expressing my feelings)

Claudia

1 year, 2 months ago on The Success Trap and Regrets of the Dying

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@Lori I will definitely try to be there...The Untethered Soul is such a fabulous book!  Thank you for arranging this online book club!

xoxo

Claudia

1 year, 2 months ago on Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?

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@ginidietrich @SocialMediaDDS I'll honk outside your door....ROAD TRIP!!! 

1 year, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ryan Lochte is So Cute and Ellen has Competition

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@ginidietrich @belllindsay @SocialMediaDDS Oh that is hilarious....now I want to go to DW and try it!

1 year, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ryan Lochte is So Cute and Ellen has Competition

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"My lash is going to come off".....SO funny...there is nothing more contagious than someone who is laughing uncontrollably.  Great pick.  Also....that independent toddler....a RIOT.  SO glad I'm done with that phase.  Fun fun fun G&T!  Thank you!

1 year, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ryan Lochte is So Cute and Ellen has Competition

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I am so in agreement with you @margieclayman !  This is an issue that makes me crazy.  So much so that I make it an obvious point to put my phone away when I am with cherished people so that I am not distracted and can give them my full attention.  In full disclosure, I am a digital nerd.  I post, I text, I email and tweet with the best of them.  My adult children who live far away from me are in constant texting communication so that we have ongoing conversations.  BUT, when I am with anyone in person, all digital forms of communication get put away and I am all theirs ( and I hope for the same respect from them).  I confess that I have shared the occasional bonfire photo that I am experiencing with my sweetie but, generally, the rule is we are together....there is no room for digital intrusion.

Great post Margie!

1 year, 3 months ago on Sorry, but I like my phone a little better than you

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So....can it be correct to ask "How much further to Grandma's house?" if we are interested in finding out how much more time until we have arrived?   ( I can be a real pistol, can't I?)  ;-)

1 year, 3 months ago on Write Right: Further and Farther

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@Lori @SocialMediaDDS @BetsyKCross For the most part, I am usually in awe of them and find that they don't need much advice from me anymore.  As a matter of fact, the roles have already started reversing as we now look to THEM for answers in areas that they have some expertise in.  I like this transition as a parent.  We are at a really balanced place in our relationship...we each respect each other's accomplishments and life choices and there is no need for dominance or superiority.  We have become adults who can relate to each other on an adult level without pulling the "parent card".  

1 year, 3 months ago on Do You Give Unsolicited Advice?

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