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Happy Father’s Day and Thanks Dad

Years ago, when I was in high school, I was asked to write an essay about someone who was a major influence on me. Someone I looked up to. I worked hard on the assignment. My essay was chosen to be read that year at the senior banquet. I believe I won a small scholarship too. The essay was about my dad. It’s been more than 25 years since I wrote that essay and I can still remember some of the points I made. That’s probably because my dad’s influence was so big and so important that I still feel Read More

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Did You Remember to Say Thank You?

December 26th is National Thank You Note Day. That shouldn’t really surprise anyone, should it?  I mean, we just got through the biggest gift exchange of the year. Sending out a few thank yous is the logical next step. Most etiquette experts agree that the sooner you write those notes, the better. My mother was never a stickler for thank you notes, but my grandmother was. I have my own kids write notes for their birthday gifts before they can play with them. That guarantees they’ll get done quickly. Who hasn’t reminded a child to use the “magic” words of Read More