Sticker Askew

If you look closely at the photo  in this post, you’ll notice that the pretty little sticker I picked up at Seattle ReCreative is off-center relative to the hole punched in it. That neat little puncture shudda been squarely in the intersection of all those cute little squiggles forming the K. No, I didn’t pick…

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VUCA is a four-letter word

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VUCA, an acronym for “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” means, in other words, “STUFF HAPPENS.” Drs. Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, originators of a business research discipline known as  “Leadership Studies,” are generally credited with developing the concept. Joseph Mitchelli explicitly references their 1985 book Leaders – The Strategies for Taking Charge which outlines the…

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Two-week milestone for my COVID vaccination

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Today is my two-week “anniversary” for my COVID vaccination, 5/12/2021. So I’m hopefully safer to come into your spaces. Don’t misunderstand: I’m still masking, still using distancing and sanitary precautions, in your home and in my everyday life. But every shot counts to getting us all closer to normal. So I’ll be getting boosters too…

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How to Clean Practically Anything

How to Clean Practically Anything Alright, I’m cheating here.  I have the 1996 edition of How to Clean Practically Anything, by the Editors of Consumer Reports  – WHICH I still use, and which was already in its fourth edition waaay back then.  So the 2019 edition can only be even better. This guide gives advice…

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A face and a Little Free Pantry

Not all “establishment” food banks such as Hopelink are currently able to take donations of actual food. So I’ve got a scattering of Little Free Pantries, close cousins to Little Free Libraries, programmed into my GPS in order to make donations of non-perishable food items on behalf of my clients. Better yet, I’ve got one…

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Plated Imperfection

I like to cook. I enjoy food’s presentation, known as “plating.” And I agree with Voltaire, who wrote “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” A client recently let me have an adorable plant stand  – one less thing for the poor client to dispose of. It matches a planter, probably once a stair rail,…

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J. Gordon Lippincott – super genius

J. Gordon Lippincott – evil visionary? Consummate consumerist, unapologetic con man of capitalism? Astoundingly Renaissance-Man-gifted artist, engineer and acutely-observant social scientist. I stumbled on Lippincott’s name while reading Garbology (pps. 66 – 68, 292), author Edward Humes. Humes assigns decisive credit to Lippincott for the invention of conspicuous consumption, defined by the online Encyclopedia Britanica…

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The Playful Creative Summit

What is the Playful Creative Summit? The Playful Creative Summit is a FREE 5-day long virtual conference for those those who need new solutions to existing problems, or have creative ideas but no idea of what to do with them. Play enthusiasts, professionals, consultants and curious onlookers are invited to learn how to play and…

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion I believe that some women have a better chance of filling their closets wisely, thus avoiding clutter, by gaining knowledge about how to dress and shop. Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion (publication date 2010) is one of the books I…

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