When my niece comes to town, I must change into matching pajamas.

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I don’t have to leave home to work. We are empty-nesters, so there is no one in the house except my spouse and me. During the pandemic, I did not match my pajamas. Any top with any bottom was fine. I put on whatever shirts and bottoms were at the top of the drawer. That was until my niece came to town. My niece still sees me as the competent corporate VP I used to be. When she was in college, she worked at my manufacturing plant. I…


Leadership

Make your choice, stay, play or leave

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“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” — Aristotle

I am blessed with my mother’s good looks. I turned heads when I wanted to. At work, I went after a professional look that did not emphasize my assets. I wore natural makeup and gently tailored clothing. It’s incredible how many men thought I was a wuss because of my appearance. I made sure I was on point with my information. Working hard and being smart makes a difference when you are in a new position. …


Pets

When you see your cat smiling, he’s up to something

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“In a cat eyes, all things belong to a cat” — Unknown

There are things that my cat, Dark, does that I know he gets a secret pleasure out of doing to me. Dark will solemnly watch me unbraid my hair and comb it out. I’ll get in the shower and put on my clay face mask. The mask needs about twenty minutes to work, but I’ll be in the shower for at least twenty minutes.

I scrub my skin with fragrant body wash, especially my knees and elbows. Then I wash and shave all the appropriate areas following up…


Relationships

I had a great day; the forecast is for a stunning night

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“Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

I had a deliciously wonderful day today. I woke up to both my cats purring next to me. My spouse made a breakfast of chips and eggs, my favorite. I met via Zoom with two fabulous writers for an international collaborative effort for Amazon Vella. We worked straight for 5 1/2 hours. Things were clicking together. We have known each other for so long that we provide honest feedback and comments. We stopped because we looked at a clock. It was the kind of time…


Management

I got reprimanded for having too many meetings

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This is a quiet rant. Stop reading now if you don't want to hear it.

I remember sitting in the room with the President (my boss) and HR and making a conscious decision not to fight the madness. Another leadership team member, the Engineering VP, had decided that I was having too many meetings. With my team. Since the Engineering VP was the bosses’ personal friend, he had his ear. The “too many meetings” were happening while we had multiple international customers with complex production and engineering problems. Engineering was unhappy with the heat.

They came after me. I’m a…

Toni Crowe

Sarcastic escaped executive. Best-selling author. Writes whatever she wants.

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