Happy National Knock Knock Joke Day

“Knock knock!
“Who’s there?”
“Boo Who?”
“Don’t cry. It’s just me!”

That’s my favorite knock knock joke, and it fits the season, but there are soooooooo many not-so-funny knock knock jokes that are almost like rites of passage!

There is no official history of who or how the knock knock joke started. Some credit William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, written around 1606. Others claim the origins came from a Henry Bett 1929 book, The Games of Children: Their Origin and History. The author refers to a knock knock joke as a kid’s game called “Buff.” In 1934, a newspaper columnist first published this joke in a newspaper:

Knock knock.
Who's... Read More

Happy National Chocolate Day

Happy National Chocolate Day!

Everything, and I mean everything, is better with chocolate! I like plain milk chocolate, but I’ll enjoy dark chocolate if I must. I also like chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered bacon, cherries, bananas, or... chocolate covered everything!

Did you know the top four chocolate producing countries in the world are the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium, in that order? U.S. chocolate is a $20+ billion business. A weird fact is none of the major chocolate producers are major growers of cocoa, and none of the major cocoa-growers are major chocolate manufacturers.

Did you know this gross fact: A... Read More

“Negotiate in Good Faith” – really?

Conversation starter: An issue came up in my community where appointed committee members say, “We negotiated in good faith!” Yes, based on data provided to them, the leadership direction/agenda provided, they probably did.

If a person is given a task that impacts public spending and/or trust, is there or should there be an expectation that “negotiating in good faith,” means making decisions based on data and information gathered beyond what others (who are invested in the outcome) say is true or not true?

Does “negotiating in good faith” mean a person is not accountable for negative end results? (This is not for ranting on political parties or specific... Read More

Fannie Hurst, who?

Happy birthday, Fannie Hurst!

Fannie Hurst, who? She is an American author who was also a feminist and civil rights activist who was popular during the post-World War 1 era.

From 1910 until the 1940, she wrote 17 novels and 9 volumes that included 300 short stories. She had more than 30 pieces turned into full length movies.

It’s reported that newspapers of the time called Fannie Hurst the “Highest Paid Short Story Writer in the World.” She was one of the richest self-made women in the United States who left a million dollars to each of two universities for hiring professors in creative literature.... Read More

Get to Know Your Customer Day

Happy Get to Know Your Customer Day!

With all the noise on so many social media platforms, combined with hundreds of business start-ups every day, it seems like people aren’t giving much thought to who their customer is any more. Too many businesses are trying to be “all things to all people” and therefore not speaking clearly to or reaching anyone. This is not a viable business strategy. It’s exhausting, expensive, and unsustainable.

First, you decide who you specifically want to serve and with what unique skill set. Then begin to do just that. With each and every client ask them to put into... Read More

Was it the Cow?

October 8 is the anniversary of an enduring story that has survived since 1871:

“Late one night, when we were all in bed, Mrs. O'Leary lit a lantern in the shed. Her cow kicked it over, then winked her eye and said, ‘There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!’"

This legend stands the test of time as an explanation for the Great Chicago Fire where more than 300 people were killed and almost 100,000 people were left homeless in the 3.5-square-mile fire that destroyed 17,450 buildings. Financial losses totaled more than $200 million in 1800’s dollars. The fire was a “perfect storm”... Read More

Time to Celebrate Firsts for Women

October is time to celebrate these historical firsts for women:

  • In 1976, I was terrified to enter high school as Barbara Walters became the first woman co-anchor of a major network evening news program.

  • In 1983, while I was planning my wedding, Dr. Barbara McClintock received the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

  • In 1984, I was pulling all-nighters studying for finals while Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first U.S. woman astronaut to walk in space during the Space Shuttle Challenger flight.

  • In 1993, I watched in awe, wishing it was me, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

  • That same... Read More

Happy National Good Neighbor Day!

National Good Neighbor Day celebrates the importance of having and being a good neighbor.

Do you ever ask a neighbor to feed your dog, cat, or hamster while you’re on vacation? Maybe you trade helping each other out this way? My neighbor fed and watered my dog, two donkeys, 12 sheep (including two lambs), and a dozen chickens while I was out of town for almost four weeks this summer. She’s done this for my family for a decade. We take care of her dogs and longhorn cattle while she’s out of town, too. Win-Win!

Can you top the donkey-sheep-chicken-sitting neighbor story? Take a moment this weekend to... Read More

Happy National Pecan Cookie Day

Across the United States people are asking each other: “Are you a Pe-Can or a Pe-Can’t!” Well, maybe it’s just a Texas thing when I get with my northern family members who say pee-can to my pee-con! Anyway, let’s celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day, no matter how you pronounce it!

There are many cookie and cake recipes made better because of the pecan: chocolate chip, oatmeal, brownies, banana nut bread, and more. What’s your favorite way to eat a pecan?

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Pecans are unassuming and delicious to eat straight out of the shell... Read More

National Online Learning Day

National Online Learning Day celebrates how we don’t have to leave our homes or offices, deal with airport or traffic delays, or get all dressed up to go to a conference to learn.

Online classes are growing. As a matter of fact, I have two online classes with more coming soon: 4-week self-paced book writing success formula course and a 12-week hands-on interactive group coaching program to teach how to write a powerful and profitable book. With these courses people all over the world in any time zone can achieve success – in their PJs with a midnight snack if they want!

For more info on online courses and to get a... Read More

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