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The Gift of Expectations

December 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the best gifts to give another is that they expect you to be consistent. This holds for managers on the job as well as grandparents at home. ‘Tis the season to give. Consider giving someone the ability to expect you to be consistent. Let’s start with Grandparents: When my (absolutely […]

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Tags: Authentic · Expectations · Family · Management · Work

The History-Story Gap

July 14th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is often a gap between our history and our story about our history. I suppose, since most of us are not famous, that is okay. We have experiences—those comprise our history. Then we tell people a story about those experiences. Sometimes the stories enhance the histories. Barack Obama has some doozies. […]

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Tags: Communication · Excuses · Fable · Family · Security · Teaching

Being Everyone’s Dad

October 26th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Too often, some of us take on the role of caretaker of everyone around us, i.e., we try to e everyone’s dad. Such is folly. Sometimes, people are struggling at work. No problem. I will step in and H E L P them. I will take care of the problems that seem […]

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Tags: Adults · Competence · Family · Management

The Death of the PC (In My Family)

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While the PC dies, home computing continues to thrive. The PC just died in my in-laws home. Not really, it still works, but my in-laws are moving on and participating in the “death of the PC.” Their Windows XP PC still runs along just fine. They, however, don’t want to have it […]

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Tags: Communication · Computing · Family

Becoming Something and Loved Ones

March 6th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Those people who love you the most, may try hardest to stop you from becoming something you want to become. I recently read a blog post about how your friends and relatives may try to stop you from becoming a writer.  This is not a surprise, and it does not speak badly […]

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Tags: Change · Family · Fear

Must See Family Holiday Apple Ad

December 18th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This Apple ad is deep in several aspects. Here is a precedent for this blog: a video inserted and on top of that it is an advertisement. To the reader, first watch the video, then read my comments. Apple Family Christmas Ad (1) There is the lost teenager in a big family […]

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Tags: Communication · Family · Ideas · People · Technology

Missing My Mother

November 21st, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Dementia in any form removes a person from your life. I miss my mother. She is still alive and, for someone her age, is in remarkably good physical health. She has no aches or pains, has a strong heart, and, except for failed hearing, is in great shape. Her mind doesn’t work […]

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Tags: Family

Happy Birthday America

July 4th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I was looking at the calendar and noticed that this blog would appear on the 4th of July. Well, why should I write about anything but America on the 4th of July? Happy Birthday America. We have lots of problems here, and some people are pessimistic about how many more birthdays America […]

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Tags: Family

We have to Ask Adults

June 24th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Children are easy to read as they haven’t yet perfected how to “act.” Adults are different, and I work with adults, so I have to ask them questions. Children don’t walk normally unless they are thinking about something else. They tend to scamper or duck their head and half run. They think […]

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Tags: Communication · Family · Work

Hurricane Sandy

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Hurricane Sandy missed the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. Still, we lost power for 20 hours. Here are a few things to have to help get by. The hurricane hit the New York area much harder than the Washington D.C. area. Still, we lost power in my house for about 20 hours. […]

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Tags: Family