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Leadership

Outwit Them

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” –John C. Maxwell

Can I See You for a Minute?

One of the most challenging things to confront in upper management is stealthy racism. We address overt racism. Implied racism is hard to identify. It takes a person with strong values and nerves of steel to even approach the problem because it comes wrapped in logic.

I was the Vice President of Operations of a $420 Million site. Corporate hired me because the site was in trouble. I was fifteen months in. I changed my department's hiring practices.

Specifically, I…


Relationships

You can’t teach an old skanky dog new tricks.

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“If another woman steals your man, there’s no better revenge than letting her keep him. Real men can’t be stolen.” Lorhainne Eckhart

My friends and I were discussing ex’s. Kate finally told us the story of her post-divorce freakout.

It Can’t Be

Kate was seven months divorced when she spotted her ex-spouse at a romantic restaurant with a woman — not the one who replaced her. It was amazing. He was feeding the new “other woman” and staring intensely into her eyes. Twice he reached and picked up her hand to kiss it. Kate recognized the moves, all of them familiar to her…


Relationships

She needed it; we had it; she got it

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“Women helped each other in ways small and large every day, without thinking, and that was what kept them going even when the world came up with new and exciting ways to crush them.” ― Alyssa Cole, Let Us Dream

I Need Help

I still remember her voice on the phone, tenuous and nervous about what she needed to ask. We went to college together, hood rats trying to climb up our non-existent bootstraps. We graduated together with our precious Electrical Engineering degrees. She married her pre-med fiancé and supported him while he completed his studies. …


I asked, “Are you trying to have sex with me?”

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My spouse says, “Both cats turned me down, so, yes.” In English, neither of the cats is sitting in the bedroom watching sports with him. Both cats are sitting on my desk, pawing my keyboard: interfering with my ability to write. When a cat walks across my keyboard, I get strange results. I dislike having to restart the computer and call someone to untangle whatever the combination of keys has done.

When both cats are with me for long periods, my spouse wonders if he’s been tossed overboard like a…


HUMOR

I am going to get some of that cash

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“Everyone has the will to win, but very few have the will to prepare to win.” — Vince Lombardi

Medium is making it rain with $100,000 in prizes. I am ready to claim some of the big money.

Money For Writers

The email makes me blink twice and call my spouse over. Medium is having a writing contest. You write four prompt stories before August 24th and tag them with the challenge subjects: Reentry (tag MWC Reentry), Death (tag: MWC Death), Work (tag MWC Death), and Space. (tag MWC Space). One entry per person, per prompt, their loss.

All submissions are Medium’s for…


Why did she do that?

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A New Opportunity

I managed to secure a job at one of my top pick companies. It had taken me months to win an interview with the company. My spouse and I wanted to leave our state to relocate somewhere warmer. We were tired of the cold and snow.

I was at the corporate level where if I got a new job, I would receive a relocation package. The package includes expenses and temporary housing for thirty days for me and my family. The company would buy my current home if I could not sell it in thirty days. They would also pay…


Health

I was having way too much fun

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“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” — Albert Einstein

Yes. You read that right. I was at home doing my pre-go-to-work exercise routine with two ten-pound hand weights in my hands. I had on the fingerless gloves. The music was pumping. My matching exercise belly top with slim pants, leggings, and high-top gym shoes made me feel powerful.

Jane Fonda was urging me on. I was into the rhythm of my biceps curls, bouncing around a lot when I lost control and hit myself in the face with the…


Fiction

Always be my baby

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Dirk looked at the stunning young woman lying next to him. He had enjoyed her thoroughly. Humiliating her throughout the night intoxicated him with pleasure. He remembered back two months ago when her innocence attracted him to her like a magnet. This woman servicing four men had been particularly exhilarating. He told her she would always be his baby by doing what he wanted. That was a bald-faced lie.

She lasted longer than any of the others; he thought. Usually, it only took a month or two before he destroyed their self-esteem with his constant degradations. She had a strong…


ILLUMINATION BOOK CHAPTERS

What You Don’t Know Will Stop You

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“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

— Albert Einstein

The Story

Just what was it that I didn’t know when I returned to college? The list is endless of the things that a person that had graduated high school at sixteen and was now continuing their education by returning to college at twenty-three did not know.

Let’s start with the first things first. I’ll capture the things that matter the most.

Number one. Books are not free.

I had no idea that the college did not provide books. I thought that the books came with the class. I had…

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