Government?

The Capitol in Washington D.C.

It’s not fashionable to speak positively about the government, particularly in the United States, and particularly during the current administration.

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Chester

Chester

Some are just quirkier than others. And some … well, some just come with a story.

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Early Retirement

Retirement?

I don’t really believe in traditional “retirement”. The concept being that you work for some number of years, stop, and go on to a life of leisure at best, or boredom at worst. I never planned to stop working, and I still don’t. To me my work is my “life of leisure”, so to speak. […]

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Home

There's No Place Like Home

It was too big, and out of our budget, but it became our home.

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Not Being Needed

Call Out Venue

I volunteer for a local animal rescue organization — not the “adopt a puppy” kind, but the “my dog’s stuck in a ravine” kind. When called out we mobilize with a collection of people, skills and equipment that allow us to help get animals — often large animals — out of a variety of sticky […]

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Childhood Memories

Hagelslag

When I was young we would typically get a Christmas Package from my grandmother. It would usually arrive in early December, to coincide with St. Nicholas Day — Sinterklaas — (December 6th), when the Dutch traditionally did their gift exchanges. In the package would be a variety of things, much of which didn’t really interest […]

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Supply Chain

Grocery Store

This will be difficult to articulate, because it’s another of those things that folks tend to take completely for granted. It’s also difficult to put the appreciation into words without coming across as arrogant or condescending. My intent, of course, is neither.

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A Blender?

Spinach

You might notice along my little path of gratitude that I’ve not mentioned many things, focusing as much as possible on people, opportunities, and situations. This one’s different. It’s a thing. Specifically, it’s a blender. But it’s not just any blender… It’s a Vitamix.

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One

Only One

This may sound a little odd to some, but I’m grateful to be an only child. I’m sure that if I’d had siblings today’s stop on my sixty days of gratitude trip would be about them instead, but — honestly — being “an only” has worked out well for me, and I’m thankful for that. […]

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Good Customer Service

Five Stars!

I’ve been fortunate when it comes to most of my customer service experiences, and I was fortunate again today. I had a question about my mobile data plan — the type of question that’s really best dealt with in person. Essentially I was looking for connectivity options for my cousin’s upcoming trip from Europe. She’ll […]

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Connectivity and the Technology to Use It

System Error

My site was down. Worse, Ask Leo! (askleo.com) was, instead of displaying its content, displaying sensitive configuration information including the username and password to the master database. And even worse … I was out of the office, running errands.

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Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Yes, I’m grateful for World of Warcraft. Actually I’m grateful not just for the class of entertainment and diversion it provides, but also for reasons which will become very clear.

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Keeping the Wheels On

A Little Rusty

Everytime I get sick, or hurt myself — which fortunately isn’t that often for either — I end up reminding myself to be grateful for my generally good health when I’m feeling better. Then, of course, I completely forget as the fog or pain or whatever lifts and I go on living my life. I’m […]

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The Warmth of Friends

Friends

… we thank thee most of all for warmth of friends who come to call… That’s a portion of a prayer that I memorized as a child. Not because I had to, but because it was printed on a decorative cutting board that was always in our kitchen or dining room. I was always looking […]

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Working For Yourself

Coffee Time!

When you’re a “solopreneur”, as it’s now refered to — an individual working for yourself, especially online – you can look at each week either of two ways: Every day is a potential day of work. Weekends are nothing special; they’re just another couple of days. Every day is a potential day off. Weekdays are […]

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What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

In 1983 I was working for a small company making microprocessor-based data entry terminals. I’ve often referred to it as being on a “reverse growth” trajectory. When I started they were 25 employees strong. When I left there were 5. When I started I was the latest addition to the three person software department. When […]

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Halfway There

Thank You!

Today marks the half-way point in my “60 Days of Gratitude” project. If you’re slogging through with me in this little exercise … well, I’m grateful you’re here. 🙂 Today, I’m also grateful for the grateful. Let me explain…

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Ask Leo! – 14 and Counting

Question Mark

Today is the 14th anniversary of the very first Ask Leo! article. I’d left Microsoft a year and a half earlier, at which point I’d joined a mastermind group of internet entrepreneurs. At the end of April in 2003 we had our first face-to-face conference, and it was within that conference that the germ of […]

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Veterinary Medicine

Dagmar

Pictured above is Dagmar. She’s a 13+ year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Dagmar has lymphoma, a type of cancer. What makes Dagmar remarkable is that as I write this she’s been in remission for well over a year and a half. Later this year we’ll celebrate two years since diagnosis. That’s well above average, and […]

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Connecting and Opportunities to Give Back

Heart

To quote Ask Leo! on Business, “The internet is connecting us – across the street or across the planet. Mankind is more connected today in more ways than ever before.“ And yes, that has both upsides and downsides. Today I’m grateful for one of the undervalued upsides: online philanthropy.

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