Real People Listen – Sick Dogs Get Lift

I meet wonderful people wherever I go. On this trip to Ontario, a woman pushing her 2 dogs in a bright pink stroller agreed to let me take their photograph. I listened as she described their many ailments requiring life threatening surgical procedures. Perhaps the kindest resolution was to push her mini companions from place […]

Real People Listen – “Mans Best Friend”

Imagine walking along in nature when it becomes clear that someone is calling out names and instructions, dogs barking and splashing. You follow the sounds. There, on a bridge, is a man leaning toward the water, gesturing with hands and arms at someone or something beyond. At closer inspection, two dogs splash in the water, […]

Where’d You Get Them Wheels? – Happy Canada Day

In the 1980s, Canada Day was moved to July 1. My children and I celebrated my granddaughter’s 1st Canada Day in a way that only an 8 month old baby can appreciate. We drove to parks, then strolled around, occasionally stopping to swing and slide at a playground, or look at ducks, geese, dogs, frogs, […]

Freebies Steals and Deals – Grocery Values For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us. This is a “PULIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT”. NO ONE WANTS TO FAIL VALENTINE’S DAY! The pressure to create a positive, lasting, memorable experience for those we love can leave us all feeling confused and dazed. Weeks before this holiday, grocers advertise Valentine’s Day reminders for our mutual convenience, letting everyone know […]

Freebies Steals and Deals – Valentine’s Day Gift DIY Giving Ideas

Thanks to DIY (Do It Yourself) blogger jaskiran kaur, here are a few budget friendly gift giving ideas for Valentine’s Day, a wonderful time to remember the ones we love. Personalize your gift with photos and reminders of how much someone means to you. For example, frame a heartfelt message of how the person makes […]

Small Business Survival – When Customers Are Your Best Ally?

In today’s enconomy, “people” businesses are all about business buddies, the support network that invisibly has your organization’s back at all times. Whether you run a non-profit, small business or conglomerate, your business depends on the folks with whom you have a strong connection. What I am about to tell you is based on a […]

Success Stories – Liberty Auto City Grand Opening

Liberty Auto City in Libertyville, IL celebrates its highly anticipated Grand Opening December 2013 culminating in a fabulous expanded facility, 18 months in the making. Family owned and operated since 1965, Liberty Auto City is a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Subaru, Mazda, used car, SUV and truck dealership. Mine was the FIRST Ram Promaster purchase for […]

Real People Listen – Author Yossi Klein Halevi

I had the good fortune of attending journalist, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and speaker Yossi Klein Halevi’s overview of his new book Like Dreamers: The Story of Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. Yossi, an unassuming, quiet, tall fellow, held the audience with rapt attention. Why? His […]

Real People Listen – How Doing “This” Can Improve Your Listening

I spent one year focusing on my listening skills in 2008. My life has never been the same. For this reason, being engaged in the listening process continues to be my life’s endeavor. Meditation…the state of calmness, distraction free, and focused in the present is the process practiced by millions of people to listen. I had heard, read and […]