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No Fooling-5 Quick Ways to a Saner YOU!

By Eileen McDargh - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
  1. Allocate 15 minutes (or more) to go through old files and toss or shred what you don’t need, won’t look at, and can’t even remember why you have it!  My faithful assistant Bonnie created a file list as I called out what I was keeping and put in numerical files. Through the search function in Word, I will be able to locate documents when I need them. Opened up one entire file drawer!!!! (and was fascinating to see what was once valuable as well as what still had value but I had forgotten about it).
  2. Create a donation box and go through drawers to give away the bottom third—chances are you haven’t worn those items in years!
  3. Erase electronics. I know you are like me and there are gadgets, gizmos, chargers, cables, you name it—that you don’t use, won’t use, and have no idea what gadget it goes to. We can take our electronics to Radio Shack for destroying or to our City Hall. (Batteries are separate).
  4. Sell or save?  Some items I just don’t want to throw out. But I have no time to sell.  Of course, the flamenco dolls my Dad brought back from Europe after WWII might require effort on my part but…
  5. Weight - don’t wait.  Have your entire family weigh in.  Then give everyone a bag and they have 10 minutes to round up “stuff” they will never use that can go in the donation box.  The person who now weighs the most—holding his collection bag-- gets to choose tonight’s movie, or pizza, or the super-duper ice cream scoop. But the prize has to be consumable.
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The Craft of Choosing Well – The Ultimate Success

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, March 13, 2014

Do you remember the “good old days”? At least it seemed as if our parents’ or grandparents’ lives were so much easier. Those were the days when life seemed to work in a straightforward, linear fashion. You went to school. You chose college or a technical trade. You got married. Maybe you had kids. You retired. You died. Today, only death remains of that progressive march of time. And now, with advances in medicine, you can even lengthen (or shorten) the inevitability of death. 

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Who Stands At Your Finish Line?

By Eileen McDargh - Friday, January 31, 2014
great blog 

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Resiliency Insight: A Scavenger Hunt

By Eileen McDargh - Friday, May 10, 2013
"Wait," 

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The Resilient Space Shuttle Endeavor Flies Over My Sister

By Eileen McDargh - Sunday, September 23, 2012

 

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How To Cope With Change

By Eileen McDargh - Saturday, January 28, 2012
How To Cope With Change 

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Life Work - Try Ironing pillow cases

By Eileen McDargh - Saturday, October 29, 2011

At 5am this morning, I listen to a colleague’s recording while I spray water on pillowcases. The hot steam presses out wrinkles. The cases crisp up and soften. I grab for the top sheet and iron three-quarters of it. Who cares where it tucks into the bottom of the bed. I then start on the dishtowels. At last comes my white shirt. The seams lay flat now. The collar perks up with sizing.  

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Where would you like YOUR Goof Plate?

By Eileen McDargh - Friday, July 22, 2011
Cathy Rodriguez 

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CHANGE is in the AIR…and it Ain’t Autumn

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, February 12, 2009

 

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Aging Parents: Potential Energy Drain?

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, February 05, 2009

 

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