Overlooked Leader Tip #1

Overlooked Leader Tip: If you are in a job where management hasn’t either recognized your leadership potential and promoted you or continues to overlook you for leadership roles that you’ve applied for, then you could seek leadership opportunities through volunteering. There are loads of nonprofits that need your skills 5-10 hours a week. You can fund-raise, coordinate, project manage and exercise all those other wonderful leadership skills. Volunteering can go on your resume. And it makes you feel so so good. You may not get paid for it, but it has its value.
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California Warden Now Believes that Executions Don’t Make us Safer

Former San Quentin warden, Jeanne Woodford, doesn’t think the death penalty makes us safer. An article that originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on October 2, 2008 is now posted at deathpenaltyfocus.org

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Vegan Around the World

I stumble upon lists of wonderful insights and growth nomads have experienced while on the road. I’ve experienced some of these things too. I’ve also learned lessons (some hard) and had some challenges along my nomadic journey.

  1. It is best to travel when you have a family you can fall back on. This is something people who put off traveling don’t think about, and it was a factor in my choosing to travel now instead of later. It’s good to have parents, aunts and uncles who are still alive so when you run out of money you’ll have some family to call on to take you in after you return from your journey to find yourself. You will get on your feet and eventually pay them back and/or dedicate your travel memoir to them.
  2. Solo travel can be lonely. Ninety-five percent of the time this is okay. Solo…

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The night I was followed in Paris from my travel blog, Vegan Around the World.

Vegan Around the World

One of my favorite places to visit in Paris is the Parc de la Villette. It’s clean, children play; there’s a library with free wifi, and it is home to the Cité de la Musique and the largest science museum in Europe. In summer, the Parc hosts the Cinéma en Plein Air where cinephiles gather on a large, grassy field and watch movies on a jumbo inflatable screen. On my final summer night in Paris, the Parc was showing Grease. I had made plans to meetup with my expat friend, but she got sick and canceled. I still planned to go because I wanted to see if the French enjoyed Grease the way I’d grown up enjoying it. The thought had occurred to me that an American movie like Grease would be bait and point out to the scums of society exactly who was a foreign target. I…

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love and grief

love and grief
we accept one
at the risk of the other
and love is worth it
till it brings the pain
how one loves after loss
that takes might

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What’s up with the zombie in the Pristiq commercial and her creepy wind-up doll?

Depression is NOT funny! HOWEVER, these commercials for Pristiq, a depression medication, are creepy and weird (and kind of funny). And the wind-up doll? Why is she sitting there watching the doll walk? Who thought this was a good idea? A possible Pristiq side effect: hallucinating that objects will come to life. Well, at least she’s not depressed, I guess.


I think this Pristiq lady just needs some Orajel, and she will be happy. Don’t you think so? See one of many Orajel commercials featuring overly, insanely excited people here:

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