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Beware of Contagious Emotions

Beware of Contagious Emotions

Many years ago I worked with a woman who was the most pessimistic person I’ve ever met in my life. She found the negative in everything. I once countered something negative she said with a positive take on the subject we were talking about and she replied, “Well, if you want to be positive about it” and stormed back to her office. This was a trying person to work with and certainly had a negative impact on my own mood…

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Saying No

Saying No

As I’ve said, we have a nine-year-old daughter. We also have a three-year-old dog. The word “no” is not uncommon in our house. Sometimes I say it too quickly without thinking, which may require me to admit that I made a mistake and change a “no” to my daughter, to a “yes” because, well, I was wrong. My wife and I are pretty good at comparing notes about what we’ve said “no” or “yes” to to our daughter, and our…

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Birthdays and Finding My Path

Birthdays and Finding My Path

I recently had a birthday. Birthdays, like New Years are often a time for reflection and goal setting. This year, my birthday has brought both. I’ve been reflecting mostly on the past few months, but also on the past few years. In about a month I will be the same age that my brother was when he died of cancer, almost five years ago. In my experience, when you lose siblings or friends of your won generation, you can’t help…

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My Manifesto

My Manifesto

I’ve had a blog for about 12 years where I write about education, which is the field in which I currently work. I started the Better Me blog because I found myself starting to write more and more posts on the topics you find here and they really don’t fit on my education blog. In the past couple of years, however, prior to starting Better Me, I did write a few posts on that blog on topics I want to…

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