Category: Respect


Words in the Wind

Today, while in the ladies room, I heard two co-workers talking. One was crying. “I told her I got back together with him because I married him,” she sobbed. “I thought maybe he’d changed.” Well, you can guess the rest of the story. He hasn’t changed. “I know I’m a good person. I’m doing things I don’t want to do because of him.” As … Read More Words in the Wind

don’t mess with the original — “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt

How many women have put on their sexiest voices to sing this campiest of all Christmas songs? Unless you’re Eartha Kitt, it’s an act. But she had the voice and the spirit to make this song more than a novelty. Here’s the original, recorded in 1953 by a 26-year-old Ms. Kitt: Eartha Kitt died on Christmas Day in 2008, after nearly 82 years of … Read More don’t mess with the original — “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt


Clear as a Cracked Mirror

Perhaps some of you have been taught the communication technique of “echoing” or “mirroring.” After listening to a colleague’s thoughts or explanation of a situation, you summarize what you heard and, in your own words, repeat it back to them, prefaced with something like, “what I hear you saying is…” I think it’s suggested for personal relationships, too, but that’s a different topic for another … Read More Clear as a Cracked Mirror


Hidden Truths, Secret Sorrows

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Our face is a mask, sometimes opaque, sometimes transparent. Recently a friend of mine was taking an online test about reading emotions, and not doing too well. She was frustrated. I suspect the test was flawed … Read More Hidden Truths, Secret Sorrows



I had a secret, and I didn’t tell, because I was afraid you would reject me. That wasn’t fair. I should have given you a chance. Today I know it wouldn’t matter, because I know your heart is bigger than my faults. I wish I had trusted that before. I’m asking you to forgive me for my secret, and for keeping it from you. … Read More Forgiveness



A friend of mine has been battling obesity for a long time now. It’s affecting her in a multitude of ways, physically and emotionally. Recently she made the difficult decision to address her problem surgically. That means a series of tests before the surgeon would consider her case, including a psychiatric examination. The conclusion? She wasn’t a suitable candidate. She was deeply disappointed, but still … Read More Misunderstood


The Narrow Path of Middle Ground

Recently I was tempted to very loudly tell a salesperson to shut up and leave me alone. I’ve worked retail long enough to know management puts a lot of pressure on sales associates to push the company credit card. They provide all sorts of helpful tools to overcome objections, and expect their workers to talk a certain percentage of customers into applying right then … Read More The Narrow Path of Middle Ground

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