Gin and tonic has been one of my favorite summertime cocktails because it’s so simple to make, it’s refreshingly cool, and I enjoy the flavor. But three incidents have occurred which lead me to believe that I don’t actually love gin. Incident #1: My husband and I drank a flight of Dutch gin at a…

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Back to school preparation for teachers has been pretty standard in the past. If you’ve been teaching for a while, you know the drill. Your school district releases the next school year’s calendar in the spring, and you mark your first professional development date for the fall on your calendar. Once school is done for…

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The Wall Street Journal provided me questions to answer for an article they were writing about productivity while working from home. They wound up using a few of my answers in their article. I thought I’d share with you all of the answers and recommendations I’d given to them. – What are the biggest obstacles…

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Last week, a business contact I communicate with almost daily sent me an email with a short but startling message: “Helene:  I am going to be out of the office for the rest of today and I’ll give an update later about tomorrow.  My husband was laid off today and it’s a long story but…

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Ingredients: 1 ½ TB Elderflower Liqueur 1 ½ TB Gin 5-6 oz Prosecco, super chilled Cucumber, thinly sliced Mint, torn into small sprigs Champagne flute, chilled Directions: Grab your champagne flute from the freezer or refrigerator. Pour the elderflower and gin into your glass. Fill the rest of your flute with prosecco. Add one or…

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When I watch movies, I’m in relaxation mode. But afterwards, my brain automatically goes into reflection mode. Call it a blessing or a curse – either way, I enjoy unpacking the different layers. Even though it’s Hollywood and make believe, we can walk away with lessons from what entertains us. The productivity mantra that I…

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