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December 13, 2019

What holiday traditions do you hold near and dear?

Are there certain decorations, events, rituals, songs, and foods that you associate with the holidays? Do you feel like something is “missing” when you don’t practice a particular tradition?

Some of my favorite holiday...

December 6, 2019

Why is it when life is rolling along “smoothly” we often fail to notice what matters most?

Then, some type of crisis befalls us – a health scare, a natural disaster, a job change, the death of a loved one – and what is most important seems clearer. Priorities come into...

November 29, 2019

This week Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday we have enjoyed since the Pilgrims first expressed thankfulness for their harvest in 1621.

This Thanksgiving we collectively consumed 46 million turkeys, 80 million pounds of cranberries, and 50 million pounds of s...

November 22, 2019

You pull up in front of a school and the sign out front advertises an upcoming event as follows:

Leteracy Night
Dec 8th at 5:00

Would you question their teaching effectiveness?

Misspelling is a common form of miscommunication. It is unintentional and therefore leads to un...

November 15, 2019

Imagine sitting in your office concentrating on completing your latest project when the phone rings. It is the producer for your local television station. She saw a post on social media about the work you are doing and wants to know if you can come in to be interviewed...

November 8, 2019

What is a mentor?

Is it the same as a coach?

Or, is it something different?

The words mentor and coach are often used interchangeably. Most people would agree that the roles have much in common. Mentors and coaches help us grow and achieve our goals.

When should someone...

November 1, 2019

How often do you see the phrase “season to taste” in a recipe?

That phrase will forever have a deeper meaning after experiencing the Monell Flavor Quiz at the Monell Chemical Sciences Center in Philadelphia.

Our Purdue University Nutrition Science Alumni Network arrang...

October 18, 2019


Are you going to FNCE?

…otherwise known as the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo – the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s conference begins on October 26th in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.
 

A year ago, before the 201...

October 11, 2019

If you want to learn something, what do you do?

Do you…

Look it up online? Watch a YouTube video? Go to the library and check out a book? Sign up for a class?

In most cases, adult learning is on-your-own, self-directed learning. Much of it occurs through experience, of...

October 4, 2019

Miscommunication is the failure to communicate adequately. It occurs in a multitude of ways, including communication that is confusing, unclear, uses words or examples receivers don’t understand, or contains mistakes. Miscommunication can result in frustration, broken...

September 27, 2019

When you are facing a big project or task, are you more inclined to get started right away, or put it off?

If you are in the 20% of the population who are considered chronic procrastinators, your answer will be “put it off.”

If you are among the remaining 80% of us who...

September 20, 2019

Who needs something else to complicate their lives? No one.

Who needs something else to enrich their lives? Everyone.

That “something” can be eating with others.

Although most people agree on the benefits of eating together, a common belief is that getting people toget...

September 13, 2019

Do you consider yourself a good multi-tasker? How many things can you juggle successfully at the same time without dropping one or more? Do you thrive at reading the headlines, packing lunches, listening to music, and talking with your spouse or roommate all at the sam...

September 6, 2019

Have you ever been in an audience and got the feeling the speaker was in the wrong room? You felt like they had no clue who was sitting in the chairs or what they needed or wanted to hear. I hope you haven’t been that speaker. Knowing your audience is fundamental to co...

August 30, 2019

After work today, our oldest son, Joey, along with seven other adventurers (at last count), are driving more than 20 hours from Indiana to Leadville, Colorado. When they arrive on Saturday they will check out the trailhead, have dinner, and sleep for a few hours.

On Su...

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