Uncovering Joy in a Nursing Home
Aug10

Uncovering Joy in a Nursing Home

“Look at him,” Mom says and nods to the corner. I look to see an elderly man in a folding chair nuzzling up to his elderly wife. He whispers in her ear, but she doesn’t seem to hear. She stares out the window, smiling. He holds her hand in his. His other hand is inside her shirt, cupping her breast. Mom grins and shakes her head. “He’s 92 and has dementia and still has only one thing on his mind.” “I guess there are some...

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How to Get Noticed When You Apply for a Job Online
Jan30

How to Get Noticed When You Apply for a Job Online

Searching for a job is scary. Especially when you’re looking for your first job straight out of college. You have a diploma with your name written in fancy calligraphy that proves that you’re properly educated. You just need your shot. The good news is that sites like Zip Recruiter, Monster, Indeed, and Career Builder make it easy to apply for dozens of jobs with a few key strokes and a mouse click. But there’s a catch. Those...

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How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Land You an Interview
Aug23

How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Land You an Interview

I’ve written before about how to craft your resume so that it contains the information that employers look for most (read that post here). But what about the cover letter that accompanies your resume? What should it contain? Before offering 8 specific tips on how to craft your letter, let me first define what I believe is the goal of a cover letter: To point the employer to your resume where they can see a list of your quantifiable...

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Coming Home: A Ghost Around Every Corner
Jul25

Coming Home: A Ghost Around Every Corner

If you measure wealth by how much stuff we had, I grew up poor. But in every other way that matters, my childhood was wealthy beyond belief. Two days ago, my childhood home went up for sale. It needed to happen because Mom and Buzz need to move to a place without stairs and without a yard to take care of. But it saddens me. It’s my childhood home. I bet your home was bigger and nicer than ours. But I can’t imagine it being...

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Feet of Clay: When Your Hero Becomes Human
Feb28

Feet of Clay: When Your Hero Becomes Human

He was a man’s man. He had a keen intellect and a charming wit. But broiling below the surface was a man fighting to overcome setbacks and keep his spirit intact. His fight was an inspiration to me. Many were the people who crumbled beneath the spell of Rodger Hoover’s charm. He once eyed a pre-lit Christmas tree at K-Mart. The price was $200. As was his m.o., he started haggling with the clerk. “Two hundred...

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