How to Be More Interesting in Conversation

Want to be the most captivating person in the room (virtual or actual)? It doesn’t matter if you’re an outgoing butterfly or introverted wallflower. You have the smarts and charm to be interesting in conversations. Memorable and stimulating dialogue can lead to fruitful connections down the road. Awkward small talk, on the other hand, makes…

How to Practice Minimalism without Being Annoying

Minimalism. I’m not sure how that word makes me feel. It’s true that since I’ve started purging clutter, my life has become more manageable and less stressful. But, sheesh! I want to pull my hair out when I hear someone call themselves a minimalist when they take 25 minutes to explain their perfect system for…

How Clutter Is Making You Miserable

Decluttering seems to be fashionable these days, especially for people who are sheltering in place because of the you-know-what-virus. When I get around to it, decluttering does wonders for my life, leaving room for more important things. Unfortunately, clutter afflicts many of us, and it’s making us miserable. The average household in the U.S. holds…

And I’m 50!

Can’t believe it; I finally hit the big 5-0. Is it still true that 50 is the new 40? To celebrate reaching the half-century mark, here’s a nod to Molly Shannon from Saturday Night Live. If it’s your birthday today, CONGRATULATIONS! Make it the best one ever, especially if you’re at least fifty! Want to…

Remember the Reason for Labor Day

Like most people in the United States, I am savoring the Labor Day weekend and lamenting what many folks recognize as the official end to the summer–as weird as it was this year. The weather has been great, so I’ve taken advantage of the free time to enjoy it. Nevertheless, Labor Day is a federal…