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It depends on the friend. There's no need to offer constructive criticism to someone who really just needs a pat on the shoulder and words of encouragement. But a real friend is certainly honest when asked.
9 months, 1 week ago on The Quandary of Online Loyalty
@Kim Phillips Just looked at your website. I LOVE your artwork. It's gorgeous. I'm going to talk to my 12 year old little artist about whether she'd be interested in your ebook.
10 months, 1 week ago on One Nice Word
Oh, and for the record, I think one reason people don't voice their dreams is that for every person waiting to dance in celebration, there are 2-3 waiting to dance when you fail :-)
10 months, 1 week ago on Give your dreams a voice
So, what's your dream, Margie?
I feel like every human being has their uniquely difficult road and their uniquely special impact. I think it's impossible to compare, and we're all best served by comparing ourselves to our potential. Have we done everything we can do today? When we get to know others, to understand what they're striving for, what their struggles are, then we're in a better place to celebrate their successes (because we know just how hard fought they are) and help encourage them if they're not living up to their potential.
I thought the full context of that quote was interesting:
When his staff complained about the outspoken, insubordinate female nurse who consistently disregarded the army's red tape and military procedures, Union Gen. William T. Sherman threw up his hands and exclaimed, "She ranks me. I can't do a thing in the world." Bickerdyke was a nurse who ran roughshod over anyone who stood in the way of her self-appointed duties. She was known affectionately to her "boys", the grateful enlisted men, as "Mother" Bickerdyke. When a surgeon questioned her authority to take some action, she replied, "On the authority of Lord God Almighty, have you anything that outranks that?"
That was a woman who had a purpose and wasn't going to let anyone stand in her way. She was fully convicted about what she was doing. And even General Sherman couldn't stand in the way of that. And, frankly, she wasn't standing in the way of the things that he was fully convicted HE should be doing, or that story might read a little differently ;-)
10 months, 2 weeks ago on She Ranks Me
I'll work on spreading the word, as well.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on When 18 million people are starving
I love the new direction you've taken with your blog.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Get Mad or Move On
@margieclayman Well, you know what that must say about you.
11 months ago on You Hear What You Want To Hear
You sound like you've been talking to a mutual friend of ours :-) Realizing that much of what we take in is actually already in us is a powerful moment.
Nice. I like this idea.
11 months ago on Introducing Margie's Moments of Tiyoweh
@KenMueller Believe me, after about 50 vanilla, cherry, lime half regular/half diet Dr. Peppers with half ice, it loses the romance.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Memorial Day Musings: The Best and Worst Jobs Edition
Let's see. Both of my worst jobs were in college and lasted a total of one shift - clearly I have no tolerance for being unhappy in a job (especially one that pays minimum wage). I worked for about 6 hours as the person who makes the drinks at Sonic - seriously, people, you don't need to make your drink combinations THAT unique. And I worked about 4 hours doing inbound telemarketing, signing people up to buy something in order to win a prize. The only detail that I remember from that was when I asked for details about one of the "prizes", and I was told to just make up the details because that prize didn't actually exist. That was my last call.
I've paid homage. I've sent tribute. What more do you want? :-) Great article, as always, Margie.
1 year ago on Do we pay too much homage online, or too little?
I'm one of those who has largely migrated to other platforms. I love keeping up with Usguys through Facebook. I just find that I'm not a very good social media multi-tasker. So, while I check in on Twitter now and again, I've found that I need to be there all the time or I just feel lost.
1 year, 5 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys
Back at cha'!
1 year, 5 months ago on Hey, I care about you
Brankica That's funny because most of the time I intentionally don't retweet the big names because I figure if anyone is interested in the topic, they already KNOW those people. Guess I'm doing it all wrong. :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on Are you co-signing on crap?
ShennandoahDiaz I agree. I also wonder why people go with the absolute cheapest printing for brochures/materials. I understand it's sometimes hard to find funds when you're getting started, but it's kind of like hiring a salesperson who shows up for the interview in cutoffs and a torn and dirty t-shirt. You wouldn't care that he doesn't have a lot of money in the bank- you'd expect him to put in more effort than that. Often, your website IS your job interview. Dress accordingly.
1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Disgustingly Obvious Signs You Have A Crappy Website
But don't underestimate the value of working with a web design company. Yes, there are plenty of do it yourself solutions, but that doesn't mean you should do it yourself. It's not THAT expensive to hire someone to create a website for you. You don't have to spend 5-10 thousand dollars to get the work done.