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The thing with spiders 2

My neck is fused so I can’t easily turn and look at a bedside clock to learn the time in the middle of the night. So, I purchased this lovely device that projects the time onto the ceiling.  Depending on which part of the celling that I point the beam, the resulting bright blue clock image is somewhere between two…
Scott Vaudrey
June 5, 2019
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The thing with spiders

A spider had spun a giant web in my garage. It was one of the most enormous and majestic webs that I have ever seen. This shot was taken in the early morning sun for light. For photo-nerds Canon EOS 60D Focal = 200 F-stop = 5.6 Shutter = 1/1200 Meter = 5
Scott Vaudrey
June 1, 2019
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What the Porcupine’s Dilemma Teaches Us About Balancing Our Relationships

A little parable attributed to German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) inadvertently showed me the two key ingredients to improving every relationship. Schopenhauer’s short parable, “The Porcupine’s Dilemma,” captures the reality that relationships are tricky. When I first read this clever little story, it marked me— and in many ways, it inspired the direction of my first book.  Here’s a paraphrase…
Scott Vaudrey
May 31, 2019
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Don’t go!

DON’T GO!! Our dogs are homebodies and it is their strong preference that September and I be likeminded in this area. They have since learned the meaning of when the suitcases come out. As soon as they see the open suitcase, both dogs anticipate an act of abandonment and become visibly unsettled. Jane’s strategy is to continually place herself (usually on her…
Scott Vaudrey
May 28, 2019
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Defeating the Costco dog

You Have A Chance to Choose! Do you understand your own capacity for self-control? Do you wish you had more willpower? Wouldn’t it be great if we could consistently: Choose the salad instead of the Costco dog? Get out of bed when the alarm first goes off? Choose kind and calm words in the heat of battle? Exercise regularly? Or stay…
Scott Vaudrey
May 25, 2019
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The Most Courageous Question A Leader Can Ask

The best leaders work tirelessly to reduce their blind spots—both in quantity and in severity.  Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen’s fantastic book, Thanks for the Feedback, offers one simple but challenging step to effectively deal with blind spots. They suggest that our willingness to ask this most courageous question will expose our most pressing growth edges. “What’s one thing you see me…
Scott Vaudrey
May 23, 2019