Bad Form?

A thoughtful reader reached out to ask where I’ve gone….

It’s kind of bad form for the author of a daily newsletter to run off without explanation?

Yes…of course it is!

I’m not too busy, nor do I have a bone to bury.


I’m on pause—too much intake to produce meaningful output.

Considering next steps…

What do you think of this quote?

Different people have different duties assigned to them by Nature. Nature has given one the power or the desire to do this, the other that. Each bird must sing with its own throat. ~Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)


Thoughts on giving and receiving

That apple needs some serious love to make it into a dessert!

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It’s hard to be grumpy when you feel valued, loved, and respected.

It’s hard to be grumpy when you feel valued, loved, and respected.

It’s hard to be grumpy when you feel valued, loved, and respected.

A while back, I wrote Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs, and Networking, a story about a group I participated in as the owner of xSeedingly Satisfying LLC. The story touches on the value of giving and receiving—reciprocity.

Last week, a generous reader shared a link to a Radiolab podcast called Tit for Tat—also referencing the idea that what you put out is often what comes back to you.

And last night, I read this in Business Secrets of The Trappist Monks by August Turak:

Whatever we want from others, we must have the courage to offer first.

So the first question I need to ask myself when I’m feeling down is…

What are you putting out Gail?
Are you giving value, love, and respect?
Show vulnerability, it opens the door for magical math—me + you = something new.

Dear reader,
What do you think of that?



Her t-shirt said something like: Everyone Should Speak Dog

Sitting across from me on our brown shag that smells like dog I asked, “So, what’s your fee for services?”

“Oh—nothing,” she declined just as she did when I asked her fee for watering our plants in July. “I just like Henrietta.”

“No, no,” I pressed, “I still have the flyer you left in our front door. You’ll be feeding, playing, and walking. What’s your fee? We’re hiring Dog Paws.”

“Nothing! That was just something my friends and I did for fun,” she countered.

“Okay, I understand, but I’m going to choose a fee and leave it on the counter for you. Taking care of Henri is valuable to us.”

Henrietta must have had a splendid time with her dog sitter last night because she was pooped when we got home—could hardly get her outside to go potty. The reluctant entrepreneur from across the street has a Black Lab and nine month old English Mastiff. I had no qualms about entrusting Henri to the sixth grader’s care.

Hop! Hop!

Yesterday I started watching a Netflix documentary about Bill Gates brain.
Truly amazing.
He can read 150 pages in an hour and retain 90%?
A true partner with his wife Melinda.
Their foundation is solving human waste problems worldwide.
The worst day in his life was the day his mother died.

To my ears this sounds petty—I was not inspired after watching. At least I’m honest?
The series leaves me feeling small and insignificant.
Why am I not doing more to save the world?

Well, duh! I’m not Bill Gates.

I consider it a personal triumph that I recognize and am examining the feelings the series is pulling out of me.

Hop! Hop!

The girl across the street?
I’ve written about her family before. (Sorry, I can’t find the link!)
On the mornings her dad is home from his 12 hour shift at the power plant to take his kids to the bust stop…daughter, son and dad hug before the kids climb onto the yellow bus with green seats. When dad can’t be home, grandma comes to help the sixth grader motivate the second grader.
Daily, Henrietta and I watch mom leave around 6:30. She has a 40 minute drive to the classroom where she teaches kindergartners some of life’s most important lessons. Not the ABCs.

Why do I find their story more inspirational than that of Microsoft’s founder?

Which story speaks louder to you?

Blank, Blink, Breath

Yup, still blank

Mama said there’d be days like this?

So….what do you think of this quote from Cheryl Strayed?

If someone is being unkind or petty or jealous or distant you don’t have to take it in. You don’t have to turn it into a big psychodrama about your worth. That behavior so often is not even about you. It’s about the person who is being unkind or jealous or distant or weird. If this were summed up on a bumper sticker, it would say: Don’t own other people’s crap. The world would be a better place if we all did that.

What if all the person needs is space?
A kind word?
A joke?

Don’t own other people’s crap.
What do you think of that?

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