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 Larry David’s wife in the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you don’t know ...
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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 about the day ahead and the challenging conference call that awaited me. To whic...
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How to Handle the Other B.S.

Well, my current city of Paris and my beloved, Italian mother just collided. I invited her to visit after experiencing some of the best things Paris has to offer. While Mama was excited about exploring both the culinary and non-culinary wonders of the City of Lights, her enthusiasm was accompanied by another emotional phenomenon: the worries. Those of y...
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How to Fit In…Without Being Put Out

With a month of living in Paris now behind me, I can definitively say that this city has got a few things figured out. They know good art, they know good pastry, they know good coffee. It’s made fitting in not just fairly easy, but also a pretty great learning experience. I mean, who would have known that this… ...beats this? (Mon dieu - did I really...
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How to Handle the Cranky, Miserable People Around You

Well, it’s here. After much build-up and prep, our six-month overseas adventure officially began just over a week ago when our plane touched down in Paris. And, it turns out, my first life lesson based on this little adventure followed that very morning. We’d gone to a store to stock up on some known culinary entities to ease us gently into our new world of...
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