Networking the Bells of Gratitude
Righteous indignation was my new best friend. BFFs fo eva! We snarked. We were witty and we were oh, so right. I felt like crap. I was blue. I was negative, depressed and angry and I did not know how to change my situation. I have the heart of an academic, so I started reading. Everywhere I looked I heard the theme of gratitude. It sounded like a simple first step in turning things around. I have...
Literary Theory, Freud and Insanity in the Ivory...
If you are writing a paper, essay, book, article, thesis, doctorate in the literary theory discipline and are referencing Freud in any way that is not dismissive of Freud as a reference in literary theory, you should immediately walk down the stairs of the ivory tower, step outside and take off your shoes to walk barefoot in the grass. Let’s take this whole Literary Theory thing back to...
Native American Storytelling and Gals with Grit
I had the great opportunity today to attend the annual Dynamic Chickasaw Women’s Conference, hosted by the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Division. There was a lovely panel of three accomplished ladies discussing the importance of “Our Stories.” Like other Native American tribes, storytelling is a critical part of the Chickasaw culture and core to our identity as a people....
Grace-filled State of Gratitude
In my 40 odd years, I can count the number of “transcendent” experiences I have had on one hand. One happened to me recently. While there is no way I can do it justice, the itch to share it just won’t leave me alone. My 92 year old Granny was dying. We all knew it was her time. The broken hip and recurring pneumonia were too much for her. She was tired. In the hospital, her...
Check your Favor at the Door, Please
I was in a meeting. The exchange went kinda like this: “They probably won’t want any photos of the facilities and stuff included, though. I am just letting you know,” said the kindly person, telling me gently to shove my grand thoughts. “Do they not understand that we can cross promote? This is a great opportunity to get them infront of a brand new audience, associate the...
Who does it better? Private Enterprise or...
I really abhor lazy thinking. Here is one that has been floating out there forever. Private enterprise does things better than the government. Um… What?!!! There are so many things wrong with this statement it makes me cringe. For the purposes of this post, though, I am only going to zero in on one thought: efficiency. According to the SBA, “Seven out of 10 new employer firms...
When Wonderful Happens, A Social Media Fairytale
Once upon a time, some years ago, a small team of intrepid workers was tasked with building their first business Facebook Page. They were good corporate citizens who had studied hard in the hallowed halls of PR, Marketing, PMI, ROI and business process engineering. After… … about a billion hours of reading “guru” blogs on social media, a brilliant project plan,...