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You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach

Memories of being 50 years YOUNG* Thanks y’all for being part of my journey..

Welcome Fellow Baby Boomer – Life Great !

Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT....

Waving y’all! Quick break in a VERY busy day..It IS my 51st bday..Wooooohooooo!!! Extremely humbled by the amazing amount of Bday calls, texts, emails, ecards, gifts ..Blown my hair back & as I reflect on this year past? Flew far faster than I anticipated it would..Yet as I count off the goals I accomplished this year? Almost completed all of them..Progresssive year indeed..What was most important to me? Living IN the moment; and making those I consider dear feel as special as they are to me. Nothing more special to me than time spent & enjoyed! I learn & I yearn to learn even more. Thanks to all who have added to my journey. Thanks to all who taught me lessons I’d not have learned had you not entered my world. Most of all thanks be to my God for allowing me to learn the lessons a tad bit quicker..Embarking…

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He’s BAACK – The Return of the Giant Plant

#Reinvention – The Natural Way

Cats & All That ™

This Memorial Day Weekend, I’m  spending time with my mom ” Miss Georgia”  and the family.  Couldn’t help but notice the giant monster plant has made a comeback.  The  plant in mom’ s  living room   fell off the table mysteriously in the middle of the night two years ago and was  thought was gone forever (Planticide – July 18, 2010).   After the fall  what was left of the plant was placed in a medium sized jar of  water on the family room table,  later  repotted and placed back in the living room.   Now the plant  is enormous, somewhat less menacing than before, (no scales so far) and quite glorious .  That’s the thing about reinvention – sometimes it’s incremental and it often yields  glorious results.planticide

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Memories from Talford Street: A Mentor Extradonaire

As Mother’s Day Approaches I remember one of my most important mentors, Gloria Chapmon.

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I grew up on Cleveland’s East Side in a middle class  neighborhood.   My mom and her girlfriends would play bridge  at  one of the homes on Talford Street while us kids played outdoors  rode our bikes, played kickball in the street,  caught lightning bugs or would gather in the basement to watch “The Twilight Zone” or “Ghoulardi.”     On weekends our Dads would gather at Mr Pace’s house on Talford Street to watch sports and barbecue.   Often my family would join the families of Talford Street on   trips to the West Side  Euclid Beach Amusement Park or , Punderson State Park Lodge  in the winter and the Jersey Shore in the summer.

The  families central hangout on Talford Street was the home of   Louis and Gloria Chapmon .  I came to know the couple as Mr. Chapmon and Aunt Gloria.  Later “Gloria” would become a lifelong…

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A lesson in business from Snapchat: When is the right time to cash out?

Breathing Steady

In this Information Age, there is well a lot of information. It can be tough just trying to keep up. The phrase never stop learning has never been more true. If one is to reinvent one’s self. One must participate in a lot of learning, reading , growing, social media maintenance. television watching – not to mention keeping up with the regular demands of one’s own life. It can be exhausting. That’s why meditation have to be a part of one’s routine. Breathing is the key to life.

NBC show will send someone into space

National Small Business Week: What Does it Mean to (and for) You?

All The News? Your Story Isn’t Finished. In Fact It Will Be Rewritten Many, Many Times

I have a lot of friends who used to work for newspapers.  For the most part these days newspapers are reportedly  fledgling because of the digital  information age.    though some papers and magazines with more targeted perspectives  are coming back .  Many of my journalism friends took  buyouts.  Some  have said they are fearful about their financial futures.  They are practical, looking at the facts as they are reported.   Still many have gone on to great careers.  Some are  writing for these digital intruders to the media sphere,  others obtaining jobs as on-air personalities, yoga instructors and teaching the journalists of tomorrow.

The New York Times did a front page widely quoted story on how hard it is for people over 50 to get a new job.  It takes longer,  the reporter surmised , babyboomers  are paid less , their prospects for employment are harder etc., etc.  That was two weeks after the very same newspaper  did a story on five people over 50 who lost their jobs, transformed themselves and changed the world.

Here  is the story  in case you haven’t read it.  Boomers Who Reinvented Themselves.     Just like to five people featured in the Times’ article your story is not finished.   You can always write a new version of it.   We are all self-publishers.




Why Originality is Overrated

There is really nothing new under the sun and perhaps even on the intergalaxtic landscape. It’s Deja Vu with fashion, television and cocktails (The original Get Smart and the original Mission Impossible now air on Me TV) and whisky sours are the rage.

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