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Conversations with Joan Herrmann

No one wants to fail but we all do at some point or another. The key is not to let a "failure" (and who defines this anyway, as Joan points out) define you or distract you from your dream or a seemingly elusive goal. Joan talks about dusting yourself off and plowing through. Falling short is not an excuse to give up. Winston Churchill said it simply: "If you're going through hell, keep going." Q. You appear to be successful. Was there ever a time when you were afraid to fail? Joan: Oh my gosh, yes! When ...

Dad in the Box

On a recent trip to California I ordered a glass of lemonade with lunch.  My ice cold drink came without a straw.     I can’t drink lemonade without a straw.  Margaritas either.  For me, drinking from a glass without a straw is kind of like eating eating soup without a spoon.  Sooner or later liquid ends up all over my shirt.   Besides, it just kind of destroys the enjoyment of sipping ice cold beverages, even if it does significantly decrease the incidence of brain ...

Your Family Matters

We adults lie, all the time. Sorry, but it’s true, and it’s one of the reasons why children lie. How often have you told your child everything is fine when you’re upset about something? I have. Have you ever told a telemarketer you can’t talk because (fill in your reason)? I have.    Life can be messy. Making sure that everything looks perfect on the outside is one way to feel in control of something, especially when other parts of life feel out of ...

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