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BeachWise

“Hola…bracelet or ring for your pretty lady?” the man asked struggling a bit with his English pronunciation. Standing on a beach in Cabo, Mexico in early July 2014, a vendor dressed in white and wearing a brown straw hat to … Continue reading

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Something Good

“I guess I felt that I had to turn something good out of something bad,” Patti answered. Patti was my mom’s best friend.  Throughout my teenage years, I remember her and her husband spending time with my parents.  I always … Continue reading

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Streetwise

“Thank you for your smile,” the stranger said to me as he stood with a stack of local Chicago publications under his arm. Like many others on a warm summer Tuesday morning on their way to work, some of us … Continue reading

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This Too Shall Pass

He stood from his chair from behind his office desk and reached out to shake my hand. “Nice to meet you, I’m Richard.” “Hope your earlier meetings went well.   You’ve met with Jen and Matt already, right?  I’ve had a … Continue reading

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Until You Live It, You Don’t Get It

Scott typically came to the office in his Black Sabbath/heavy metal rock-like t-shirts and jeans unless he had scheduled meetings with clients.   He had a reputation of being somewhat of a “player/bad boy” type – someone who had a few … Continue reading

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The Interview

“Why do you want this job?” Max asked Rachel.   She tried to hold her tears back but she couldn’t stop her eyes from welling up.  Max, who was sitting behind his desk conducting the interview, stood up and walked over … Continue reading

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Failing to Succeed

“I’ve got to get out of these clothes – fast.”  It was all I could think.  My younger sister, Jodi (age 29 at the time), stood shivering beside me as she pulled her sweatshirt down to her knees she was … Continue reading

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His Name was John

His name was John.  He was my first client.   I was responsible for his account and managing its success.  I often wonder what would have become of him had he chosen a different path. He worked for a large manufacturing … Continue reading

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Tip of My Tongue

“Hey Lor – usual?”  April yelled over the counter past a few customers standing in front of me.  Half of the customers I recognized.  We were faithful regulars at 8:22 AM.  Interesting how the patterns of the moments in your life … Continue reading

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10 Minutes

It only took 10 minutes.  Standing in the security line at 5am at Pittsburgh International Airport, I glanced behind me and noticed a woman who was traveling alone.  It was a few days after Christmas and most travelers looked like … Continue reading

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