How do I stay in touch with the most important people in your life?

My favorite way of connecting with family and friends is email and Facebook. Although seen impersonal by some/many, the timezone difference between me in the West Coast and most everyone else on the East Coast, makes electronic communication a solution for me. I prefer face to face communications, but I have come to enjoy the richness of words and pictures to connect.
If an important issue arises, short of a quick flight east, a phone call or text message to connect for a phone is a must.

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How I am Liking 2011 So Far

My resolutions to be healthier, happier and improving my work/life balance has been doing well so far. I guess the progress that is most impressive for me is listening to how I feel. If I am frustrated I talk to myself why and what I can do to change the situation or my perception of the situation.

I can only change my behavior or reactions to others.

This simple little fact has made most of the difference.

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Every day the sun comes up and every night it goes down again.

I have been struggling for months (okay years really) on my various stories. I have journaled on and off for years.

In my quest for anything that would help me trigger memories, stories, or emotions, I searched or journaling prompts. I found
the Blog’s title at (catchy url). The prompt caught my eye. It’s something prolific my mother would say.
I started at 11 to write a few prolific words in my lock-key dairy things like: “Went to school today.” I would do anything for those old diaries and notebooks. I like most teenagers in the 1970s had emotion angst about David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, that my world was sure to come to an end if I never met them or be able to watch “The Partridge Family” or any variety show with Osmonds in their line-up.
Unfortunately most of my earliest journals were lost, after my mother found a copy of the book, My Mother, MySelf by Nancy Friday. Mother, a devout Puerto Rican Catholic, (yeah they are different strand of Catholicism) was very upset thinking that I (at the time the tender age of 18) was blaming her for all my life troubles. I was my mother’s oldest and a daughter at that who was trying to search for life’s meaning at a tender young age. My mom’s goal was make sure I would not be another statistic; less than 10% of Puerto Ricans in NYC graduated from High School, less than 1% of them went on to college; the unwed teenage pregnancy among Puerto Rican girls was astronomical (something like 50%).
My early journalling expressed my fears of not becoming a statistic and getting an education my own mother was denied by her father.
How could I achieve that goal when every day was the same? Every morning followed night. Every night followed day.

Forty years later, I did perserve. But I became another statistic. A NY woman of Puerto Rican descent who graduated from college, attained an MBA and has a successful career in technology.
Just taking one step at a time, one day after another.
What will tomorrow bring?

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Friends on Vacation

I enjoy traveling on vacation. However my friend Harley and family have enjoyed some of the most exciting family vacations ever.
Here’s their site

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Important Definitions…

As I have gotten older words and definitions have become more important, especially in an social environment that at times becomes devisive. Here are two words that I feel are important.

Diversity is the full range of human and/or organizational differences and similarities—inclusive of everyone.

Inclusion is the process of leveraging the power of the differences and similarities to effectively integrate everyone into the culture of the organization.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wishing all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Grateful to our Veterans

Thanks to all our veterans and service men and women for their commitment, work and sacrifice.

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