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Can You Fire Like George Clooney

JUST SAY NO TO THE DEVIL YOU KNOW I love George Clooney. He’s charming, debonair, handsome, smart and, oh yes, a good actor too. That is apparent in spades, especially when his role is the total opposite of charming George. … Continue reading

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Buy a House or Hire an Employee: Ignore the Job Market and You Lose

I have been living in my house for over 37 years. That’s a long time – especially considering the fact that it only took me four days to find it and wrap up the deal! I live in a small … Continue reading

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The Constant Gardener

WEEKEND VS. CONSTANT Rain is the bane of the weekend gardener. I know. I was one of them until this year. I have finally (after 30 years!) figured out that if I do my gardening a little bit each day … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Woody

I brake for Woody Allen movies. Or, more accurately, I break for Woody Allen movies. Let me explain. Last Wednesday, realizing I had booked myself into phone interviews from 3-9 pm, I decided to treat myself to a movie during … Continue reading

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Tips for Evaluating New Grads

I don’t know about you, but our Boston public radio stations have started broadcasting some of the region’s college commencement addresses. I heard three just this past weekend. For the most part, they were just what I expected to hear. … Continue reading

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Why a Great Benefits Package Is a Valentine

By the time you read this, the big red hearts and cupids with arrows on every storefront window will have been replaced with a big green shamrock! But, I don’t care, because the whole month of February is the “month … Continue reading

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Honors Degrees: What They Really Mean

Smart, Smarter, Smartest Two weeks ago my daughter, Lee, who lives in Texas, announced quite proudly, “Peter’s graduating. [That’s her 4½ year-old son.] Can you make a quick trip to El Paso for the graduation?” To which my response was, … Continue reading

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Employee Benefits that Reflect Your Company Values

Fridays (in the garden) with Lila Years ago (in what seems like another life!) I was in the giftware industry. I had a ball marketing and selling for a small, local company that sold high-end, hand-made stuffed animals into major … Continue reading

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Staying Positive in Hard Economic Times

Midnight in the Garden of Hope and Fear I just got back from Savannah, Georgia, last week. I had never been to Savannah and I just loved it. It’s a charming small town, ideal for walking, filled with delightful parks … Continue reading

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What’s Your “Economic Stimulus” Plan?

The “Bailout.” Is it $750 billion? Is it $900 billion? Is it more Democratic? More Republican? Does it have enough to stimulate or is it mostly pork? (I think pigs get a bad rap!) I am just about ready to … Continue reading

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