• May 2019

  • May 5, 2019

    Word Portraits

    I love words. They’re black, white, colourful and significant. They’re meant for communicating and we’re the only species to use them. (I certainly enjoy using them as a Voice Over Talent.) Words are used to share ideas and information of all kinds. Their exchange is such a basic necessity of life, ‘eh? And even though we’re not all artists – … Read More

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  • April 2019

  • April 7, 2019

    Your Door Post

    Allow me to use some poetic license. You are a “house”. I am a “house”. We can be a house of faith or a house of fear. One promotes trust + confidence. The other saps strength + weakens our resolve. So what’s written on the door post of your “house”? Faith or fear? ‘With faith any thing is possible.’  Mark … Read More

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  • March 2019

  • March 3, 2019

    Imaginative Dreaming

    “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”   Gloria Steinem I really dig inspirational quotes. The ones that grip your heart, stir your spirit, shift your gaze and stimulate your mind. And I particularly like the ones that are soul profitable. Oh, and the ones that encourage you … Read More

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  • February 2019

  • February 3, 2019

    Solution Focused 2019

    Who is ‘a thinker who focuses on the problem – … and tries to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a solution’? Well, according to Google, it’s a Problem Solver. A Convergent Thinker, if you will. It’s any one who exercises his or her mind in order to reach a decision. So why am I banging on about this? Because … Read More

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  • January 2019

  • January 6, 2019

    2019 & You

    You are… a unique you an original creation a singular individual a one-of-a-kind a distinctive being a real one-off …and a once-in-a-lifetime you. So, glory in the only inestimable and uncommon YOU there is – …and slay 2019! So what are you going to make happen in 2019? I value you + your views, so let’s communicate! Note: Sunday #SideLines! … Read More

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  • December 2018

  • December 23, 2018

    The Right Side

    Don’t ‘cha wish we were all on the same side? The side of love + mercy – …tolerance + kindness    …fairness + compassion  …forgiveness + peace. It’s the best side. It’s the right side. And it’s the only side that counts. Every other side is sorely lacking. Every other side will pass away. Merry Christmas! and… Thank you so … Read More

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  • December 16, 2018

    Stradivari Wisdom

    Antonio Stradivari, the Italian luthier and crafter of string instruments – …was asked why he only used trees that had weathered the biggest storms to make his violins. He replied: “Weather-beaten wood makes the sweetest music.” Ahhh…what a response. What an arrow of wisdom. This quote shoots straight-into to the heart and mind of our understanding about perseverance. And so … Read More

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  • December 9, 2018

    Call It An Education

    Failure is an education. Even Thomas Edison knew that. He experienced countless failures on his journey to discovery. BUT – he refused to give up. He remained steadfast + determined. And his grit produced an illuminating revelation. He not only found-out what did and didn’t work – …he discovered the light bulb!  Name a failure that led to your success? … Read More

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  • December 2, 2018

    Chirpy Chums

    Call’em ‘chirpy chums’ or ‘rally cats’. Those virtual pals who post, tweet or e-mail their encouragement. They’re the ones that give you unsolicited strokes just for being you. They’re the kind of human beings who rush to be part of your cheering section – …because they can’t wait to applaud you. They stir-you-up + spur you on. And they always … Read More

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  • November 2018

  • November 22, 2018


     “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  St. Ambrose Truth. Feed others with your gratitude. And allow others to feed you with theirs. Enjoy your feast of gratitude today + every day! I’m ever so thankful for YOU.

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  • November 18, 2018

    Pooh & You

    Okay. In light of Disney’s nostalgic, movie reboot ‘Christopher Robin’ – …here’s a Sunday SideLines question for you. If others had to describe your personality – …using one of the main characters in A. A. Milne’s book: “The House at Pooh Corner” –  …which character would they liken you to? Winnie The Pooh: Friendly + Thoughtful Christopher Robin: Cheerful + … Read More

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  • November 11, 2018

    Unity = Community

    “We haven’t been called to compare, to compete, to complain, or to criticise one another. No, we’ve been called to complement one another!”  Bob Gass Ah yes…to complement one another. Not to be confused with tickling one another’s ears with compliments of praise – …but instead; to be another one that helps to make-up the whole.  One that aids in … Read More

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  • November 4, 2018

    Head Bubbles

    Have you ever thought about – …what the invisible “bubbles” over our head read like? What does our facial grammar say? What do our actions convey? What does our body language express? Can people actually ‘read’ the unspoken asides we wish we could blurt out? Does our non-verbal behaviour speak a thousand words? It’s an interesting topic to consider. Do … Read More

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  • October 2018

  • October 28, 2018

    The Examined Life

    Who would have thought in 466 BCE, a Greek philosopher named Socrates would muse:  “The unexamined life is not worth living.” How poignant. How true. How timely. How relevant. Self-reflection helps us assess our behaviours. Because when we examine our condition and scan who we are – we can review what we lack. We can “check ourselves before we wreck … Read More

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  • October 21, 2018

    Changing Up

    In this one precious life of ours – …change is inevitable. And one hopes that this change involves character-building change. It’s a slow process, ‘eh? And most would agree it takes a lifetime. A lifetime of change, or changing-up – as I like to say. But, one well-known leadership expert believes:  ‘We shouldn’t just change enough to get away from … Read More

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  • October 14, 2018

    To Beam or Not To Beam

    It isn’t difficult. It doesn’t hurt. It’s kind. And it’s free. It also communicates positivity. Some say it’s downright medicinal. What is it? It’s a smile. And it’s one of our best personal features. Ahh…to beam or not to beam. That’s the question. Click-in! Newton Faulkner – ‘People Should Smile More’ Share something that makes you smile? I value you + … Read More

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  • October 7, 2018


    Pettifoggs. How curious! I first thought this word described a bunch of gloomy little creatures. Hobbit inhabitants, I guessed. Dark, thick, bleak, fearsome little souls, maybe? No. The word is not a noun. It’s a verb, used without object. You see, when one pettifoggs (or is pettifogging) – …one bickers or quibbles over trifles or unimportant matters. One carries on … Read More

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  • September 2018

  • September 30, 2018

    Bullets or Seeds?

     I was struck by the meaningful words of the Former U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson. “You can offer your ideas to people as bullets or as seeds. You can shoot them or sow them. Ideas used as bullets kill inspiration and motivation. Ideas used as seeds take root, grow, and bear fruit in the life in which they are planted.” … Read More

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  • September 23, 2018


    Yep – obstacles. You know – those things that block our way or prevent our progress? Every thing seems fine and BAM! There’s an impediment we didn’t plan for. Argh… Life is full of them because they’re an inevitable part of our journey. And though these barriers frustrate us, they don’t have to deter us. Because the moment we spot … Read More

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  • September 16, 2018

    New Eyes

    Sometimes it would behoove us + improve us to have ‘new eyes’. New eyes? Yes. Creative eyes. Thinking outside the box eyes. Reimagining life eyes. Marcel Proust understood this. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Eyes to see thing’s uniquely. Eye’s to envision what can be. Eye’s to discover what … Read More

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  • May 2018

  • May 13, 2018

    The 10/90

    Chuck Swindoll’s convinced that – “…life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 per cent how we react to it.” I couldn’t agree more.  We are responsible for our own attitudes and our own responses.  And we have these choices 24/7. Why? Because we get to decide how we’ll react to each and every circumstance. We also … Read More

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  • May 6, 2018

    Roundabout Options

    I discovered roundabouts when I moved to England. They were a curious thing to me at first – but over time, I grew to appreciate them. What appealed to me most, was that once you were safely inside them – …you had options. The key was to be suitably prepared as you approached them. Because once you knew where you … Read More

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  • April 2018

  • April 29, 2018

    Prayed Up!

    We get.. Swept-up, Geared-up, Hooked-up and Shown-up Tripped-up, Picked-up, Backed-up and Held-up Hurried-up, Wound-up, Shook-up and Fed-up Rounded-up, Doubled-up, Fastened-up and Pushed-up Shaken-up, Laid-up, Fixed-up and Swallowed-up Dolled-up, Paired-up, Sweetened-up and Puffed-up But when do we get prayed-up? We can’t let-up …until we’re prayed-up! What do you need to get prayed-up about? I value you + your views, so let’s … Read More

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  • April 22, 2018

    Flip The Switch!

    What are you waiting to begin? What do you want to set in motion? What will you need to make happen? What could you get rolling? If you want to achieve something – …get cracking and flip the switch. You have a mission to accomplish. And it’s now or never! What’s the mission on your mind? I value you + … Read More

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  • April 8, 2018

    Internal Motivation

    I wonder. Do we ever take notice of our internal (or intrinsic) motivation? You know – …the stuff we enjoy doing for ourselves. (The vital activities that keep us sharp, happy and self-satisfied.) Whether it’s planting, painting, sailing, or singing – …doing various things that we enjoy, is a positive activity that will enhance our lives. And any thing that … Read More

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  • March 2018

  • March 25, 2018

    Living In The Flow

    Though the sound of “in the flow” does something to our senses – …it’s actually considered a very real state of BEing. Apparently, athletes believe their ‘flow’ is: “being in the zone”. It evokes a calm, peaceful feeling and is considered the psychology of happiness.  People that recognise this associate it with pleasurable work and/or activities. So, I like to … Read More

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  • March 18, 2018

    Word Up!

    The word-up from the #Sidelines today is ‘diligence’. Yep. It deserves my Rah-Rah! this Sunday. This word represents ‘careful and persistent work or effort.’ Some of it’s descriptive synonyms are listed as – …effort, conscientiousness, perseverance, tenacity, dedication and commitment. And it’s behind every success story we read or hear about. Surely, every one of us knows someone that fits … Read More

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  • March 11, 2018

    Optimist or Pessimist?

    US President Harry Truman said: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” Spot-on, ‘eh? So, how do we see ourselves? Better yet – how do others see us? Are “we” the optimist or the pessimist? I guess the real answer is in our response to life’s … Read More

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  • March 4, 2018

    Take Your Temperature

    Seriously? Your temperature? Well, okay; your “temperature.” As in – …are you a hot, cold or lukewarm solopreneur? In other words; as you go about your day to day business – …what degree are you functioning at? What would your clients read on your thermometer or thermostat? And which reading is consistently evident most of the time? I care. I … Read More

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  • February 2018

  • February 25, 2018


    Myriad thoughts run across the tracks of our minds on a daily basis. And some of them can become negative voice messages – …that can be damning and dooming. (I certainly entertain a fair share of them at times.) But positive voice messages – …are mental memos we need in order to flourish. So let’s shush our internal dialogue. Tune-out … Read More

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  • February 18, 2018

    A Motion Away

    a look – a wink a nod – a smile a handshake – a hug a tweet – a post a letter – a blog a picture – a message Life. It’s all about recognition or acts of kindness. And they’re only a motion away. A must click ‘n read: Shopping tweet of grief triggers ‘surge of love’. Who’s “a motion away” from you? I value you + … Read More

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  • February 11, 2018

    The AIL

    The AIL? Yep. As in: ‘The African Impala Lesson’. The African Impala is a medium-sized antelope born to jump. It jumps ten feet high and thirty feet long. But get this: When it’s caught and held in a small, three foot high, walled enclosure – …it stays there! And why would it remain in such a small space given it … Read More

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  • January 2018

  • January 28, 2018

    Thinking Outloud

    You know what I think? I think it’s crowded inside our heads! There’s so much stuff vying for our attention. And it can be a mission to single-out the most important thing. Yep, it’s not only crowded; it’s intense. It all needs to be sorted, thought-through, prioritised and re-sorted. So I’ve decided this is why lists are so essential. Lists … Read More

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  • January 21, 2018

    Beyond The Transaction

    In my humble opinion – …there is a place; a place every solopreneur should consider. It’s above and beyond every project.  It one-ups each business arrangement. It supersedes every agreement. It stretches further than the transaction. And exceeds expectations. Though the initial business exchange is exciting ~ …it’s not as exciting as pleasing each client with the excellence of our … Read More

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  • January 14, 2018

    A 2018 Initiative

    It’s time. (It’s always time.) For what – you ask? It’s time to be fearless, firm, ferocious and fabulous. And it’s time to sprint forward. You see – there’s no better time. The now time is the do-it time. It’s the initiating season, if you will. The new thing you’re going to be intentional about. The deliberate choice you’re going … Read More

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  • December 2017

  • December 17, 2017


    There’s always character work to be done. And since we’re a “work in progress”, it’s never too late. So this Christmas, I pray we all try to: Help more…neglect less. Care more…disregard less. Feed more…waste less. Donate more…spend less. Encourage more…discourage less. Pray more…worry less. Enjoy more…possess less. Assist more…deter less. Include more…exclude less. Embrace more…reject less. Bless more…curse less. … Read More

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  • December 10, 2017

    The Thinker

    God bless Dr. John Maxwell. He wrote the book: ‘Thinking for a Change’. In it – he lists eleven different types of thinking. Big picture thinking Focused thinking Creative thinking Realistic thinking Strategic thinking Possibility thinking Reflective thinking Questioning popular thinking Shared thinking Unselfish thinking Bottom line thinking And it all makes sense.  We think because our minds are ‘wired’ … Read More

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  • December 3, 2017

    That Type

    You know the type. We all do. Because they exemplify these ideal characteristics. They go – above and beyond. They offer – more than expected. They walk – the extra mile. They work – beyond the call of duty. They do – whatever’s necessary. Yep. That type is an extraordinary type. The five star type. And they deserve every client’s smile. What … Read More

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  • November 2017

  • November 19, 2017

    Grateful Thanks

    It is good. It is right. It’s intentional. In God’s Sight. To offer praise. And thanksgiving. To The Giver. Of all gifts. Happy Thanksgiving Week! Who are you grateful for? I’m grateful for you.

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  • November 12, 2017


    Have you ever thought about the professional choices you’ve made over the years? When I consider my own professional choices –  …I realise it’s always been about communicating with my voice. As an ASL (American Sign Language) to Spoken English Interpreter. As a CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) Singer/Songwriter. And, as a VOT (Voice-Over Talent). So in light of the fact … Read More

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  • November 5, 2017

    A Likely Story

    Scams. They’re real. They’re pernicious. And they’re a likely story. Because the people who devise them – …are invisible intruders that prey on our ignorance and/or our vulnerabilities. And they do so with evil intent, over and over again. Their language is deliberately tricky and hooky – …because they mean to damage, derail and destroy. ‘Likely Story’ or not, it’s … Read More

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  • October 2017

  • October 29, 2017

    Fill Your Lacuna

    Words fascinate me. So lacuna grabbed me straight-away. What’s a lacuna? Well, the simple Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition is – ‘…a missing part, a blank or empty unfilled space or gap’. The Psychology Dictionary definition is – ‘…a gap or break, say, a gap in memory’. The “Debby Dictionary” definition of lacuna is: An unfulfilled longing. So, I ask you. Is … Read More

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  • October 22, 2017

    Accepting Response-Ability

    I mess up. You mess up. We all mess up. But when we do, we need to “take the bull by the horns” and accept responsibility. I once read –   “When a winner messes-up, they admit they were wrong and ask for forgiveness. When a loser makes a mistake, they immediately look for somebody or something to blame.” (And we … Read More

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  • October 15, 2017

    Get Intentional!

    Do you know what I tell myself on my manic and messy ‘off’ days? I order the sensible solopreneur inside my head to get a grip. Then I assess the mess, address the issues and get intentional! Come on, I say. Find those leads. Make those calls. Send those e-mails. Digest that chapter. Read those helpful blogs. Engage in that … Read More

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  • October 8, 2017


    Ever heard of a logjam? It can be a crowded mass of logs blocking a river – …or it can be a situation that seems irresolvable. You might be interested to know that there is usually a ‘key log’ that creates the jam.  And once identified and moved, every thing flows as it’s supposed to. So if/when we get stuck … Read More

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  • October 1, 2017

    Stop Look Listen

    The fact of the matter is – …we’re so busy these days we forget to pause. And when we forget to pause – …we forget to appreciate the life going-on around us. When we deliberately pause – …we tune-in, reflect and refocus. And when we refocus – …we get a better picture of life in all its fullness. Happy October! … Read More

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  • September 2017

  • September 24, 2017

    Rebuke Your Jack Stories!

    Ahh…”The Jack Story.” I’ve always known it to be: ‘The irrational tendency to work one’s self up by creating an outrageous scenario, …that probably WON’T happen.’ It’s no fun. And it can throw a monkey wrench into our works like nothing else. It also creates a HUGE, unamusing ‘what-if’ state of mind. We can get the blues just contemplating our … Read More

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  • September 17, 2017

    Accountable To…

    Most of us would agree – …that we are accountable to some one. It’s a natural part of life. Whether to God, parents, teachers, spouses, employers, employees or any one else – …we’re all accountable to others. But I also think we’re accountable to ourselves, as well. After all – we don’t want to let ourselves down. Because when we … Read More

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  • September 10, 2017


    Initiative. My goodness – even the word itself provokes us to make a productive move. It triggers something in us that jolts us out-of complacency. For some, it’s difficult. For others, it’s like breathing. Most of us initiate every day without even realising it. We make responsible decisions about our lives and our businesses. Taking initiative doesn’t have to be … Read More

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  • June 2017

  • June 4, 2017

    The Knowing Place

    Regardless of who we are and what we do in life – …there is a soul-deep place where we can rest in what we know is true. And we’re free to draw strength there. As we breathe-in the life we’ve been given and exhale what we’re called to give-out – …we find it’s a place where we feel fully alive, … Read More

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