top 10 ... so far

Today, as part of my ongoing experimentation and learning of late where blogging is concerned, I was able to find out exactly which of my 132 posts thus far have been the most popular with you, the readers. The top two of all time were, surprisingly, two of the most recent. And there were plenty…


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you can't make me

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I live by this mantra: “You always have a choice.” When I think about the daily interactions I have with people, the stories and circumstances change, but the truth of that one statement – and its implications – does not. If you do not accept that you always…


and i quote

I recently posted one of my favorite quotes on Twitter (@BestAdviceSoFar): "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stick with problems longer."  ~Albert Einstein Only this time, in reflecting on the quote, something occurred to me for the first time -- or at least in a new way:  the people…


waking up

Toward the end of August, I became very tired. As September tiptoed in, I began to say to friends, "I need a vacation.  A good, solid week to unplug and refill." Then, somewhere in the middle of speaking and all without warning, I fell asleep. This was not the kind of sleep that spans hours, but…


regret

In [my recently released] book The Best Advice So Far, I talk about my first kiss.  And while it was my first kiss in the sense of romance, it wasn't strictly my "first kiss." In grade school, those of us waiting for delayed parents would find various amusements.  One such day in fourth grade (and…


the lookout

In writing The Best Advice So Far (the forthcoming book and this blog), I can't tell you the number of times I am greeted with comments and questions like these: How do you keep thinking of things to write about?  I'd run out of things to say! I've never met as many interesting people in my life…


do we have to?

Last night around 8:30, I went to visit my mom.  Somewhere along the line, as we were chatting in her kitchen, I glanced over at the neon green LCD clock on her stove and thought, I need to go soon.  I still have to write today's blog post. I did not go soon.  I left after midnight, in fact.  And…


what lies beneath

Last night, as part of my birthday celebration, Chad planned a surprise for me. When he arrived and I opened the sliding door of his van to set down my ubiquitous black backpack, I noticed that the rear seats were draped with scuba gear.  Two sets.  Knowing I am always one for a new adventure,…


save yourself

One of my very first posts was entitled "carlotta's wisdom."  In it, I shared three of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard or given. If you have not yet read it (or haven't read it in a while), I highly recommend doing so. In response to yesterday's post, "hitting the wall," Dibby responded…


(extra)ordinary

I live in one of the smallest states, and yet we somehow manage to cram 351 towns and cities into it.  I'm no spring chicken, and I still see on the news or hear mention of some little town and say, "Really?  That's in Massachusetts?  Never heard of it."   Then, there is the lengthy roster of…