Tag: dialogue

  • A Request to PLEASE Do This Important, Simple Thing Already

    A Request to PLEASE Do This Important, Simple Thing Already

    So I’ve noticed a trend lately, and it’s not a good one. In fact, it can be hurtful for all involved. I being with a few examples from just the past few weeks. See if you notice a pattern. Friend #1 recently won a major cooking competition. When I excitedly told him how proud I…

  • How to Solve the Wonder Problem

    How to Solve the Wonder Problem

    So guess what? I auditioned for a play! And guess what else? I didn’t get the part. Actually, let me correct myself. I didn’t get the part I wanted. Which was a nanny who oversees one of the most important, coolest, and younger characters in the show. Instead, I got a much smaller part. Actually,…

  • The Big Flaw in Your Life’s Script

    The Big Flaw in Your Life’s Script

    I had a bit of a personal epiphany recently. As tends to be the case, it came as a burst, explaining a deep flaw in my lifelong thinking. One that sets me up for all kinds of stress. It happened while I was listening to an interview with Cheryl Hines who, among other things, played…

  • The Single Word to Make Your New Year Better

    The Single Word to Make Your New Year Better

    Recently, my house was bugging me. Actually, it was just a part of my house. A relatively small part. The closet. The thing was cluttered with stuff…kind of. Now, some readers may recall that the Maloney family was involved in a move just a few months ago. You also might recall it was a biiiiiiit…

  • 3 Words to Stop Making People Mad at You

    3 Words to Stop Making People Mad at You

    A few weeks ago Hubbie and I found ourselves traveling to Prague for a quick weekend of touring before a work project began. All was going just peachy for the first 11 hours of our first flight…until we realized we were landing very late. And our already tight layover time…was now super-duper tight. Which led…

  • What to do About the (Stupid) Stuff You Can’t Do Anything About

    What to do About the (Stupid) Stuff You Can’t Do Anything About

    So last week saw the Maloneys taking part in a ritual that most of us – even in the best of circumstances – hate. I mean really, really hate. We moved. Which meant that, for a loooong time, our former living room looked like this: As if the move itself wasn’t enough of a…challenge, a…

  • How to Stop Making Your Life Worse

    How to Stop Making Your Life Worse

    So I had a bit of a revelation last week. It began first thing one morning, just as the alarm went off. As my arm swung over to shut it off, the following thought rushed in… …Man, that was a terrible night sleep. I’m going to be off my game today. I then began thinking…

  • How to Have a Crappy Conversation

    How to Have a Crappy Conversation

    This week brought an interesting theme. Two of my colleagues – and me – all found ourselves in a universally dreaded situation. We had to have crappy conversations. And they Stressed. Us. Out. (Nooooo sleeping here.) Colleague #1? He had to tell his somewhat-non-performing staff member who really loved working from home…that he would no…

  • The Boomerang Effect

    The Boomerang Effect

    A recent work trip found me networking with two women I hadn’t met before.  It didn’t take long before I noticed a pattern pop up. Let’s see if you catch it. Woman #1: Whew, it’s so great to be here because I thought I might not make it. My daughter just had her wisdom teeth…