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with Jody Glynn Patrick

March 2011

A history lesson about vision: Noah Webster's definition

03/29/11

A history lesson about vision: Noah Webster's definition

"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." – Antoine de Saint-Exupery There are few quotes that I carry around in my head – that speak to me so directly that I feel compelled to memorize them – but this is one of the few. It actually sings, I think, of the power of true vision.

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Secret for a great relationship: Two televisions

03/22/11

Secret for a great relationship: Two televisions

That's right: his and her television sets with TIVO for both. I have a great marriage, and when people ask why Kevin and I are so happy, I'm glad to divulge my secret(s). If you want to know them too, you'll have to follow my logic – and since I'm still flying from Point A to Point B on DayQuil as I write this (2 a.m. Tuesday morning), we may have to take the scenic route.

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What would you do with $5,200?

03/15/11

What would you do with $5,200?

Imagine you have $5,200 (or could get your hands on it by begging or borrowing). You can't buy a car with that. Maybe you can, but you'll spend another $5,200 fixing it up. You can't buy love with that. Maybe you can, but ... (do you have medical coverage and a good divorce attorney?)

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Are you a project hound? If so, you'll relate to this week's

03/08/11

Are you a project hound? If so, you'll relate to this week's "Nana and Patrick" blog

When I'm not at work, I'm either (1) immersed in nature and/or playing with our dogs or grandkids or (2) working on project(s). For example, recently I was inspired (out of the blue) to quilt an image of my grandson Alexander. I took a photo of the 2-year-old when he was "chillin'" on a chair and then turned that image into a drawing using photo-editing software. Then I turned the drawing into a line-drawing template. If you want to try it, then lay a piece of plain, light-colored cotton over that and trace the design onto the fabric. Cut out the paper pattern and use it as a template pattern for the quilt pieces. I then matched fabric primary and shading colors and swatches.

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Two ways to get out of a funk

03/01/11

Two ways to get out of a funk

Notice the word "funk," which is a transitional state of mind. I must open this with a caveat: If you are clinically depressed, do not stop at the self-help section of a bookstore or sidestep serious help by reading this "mental reset" advice for people just having a bad day – this article could, in fact, make your depression worse. My advice, if that is your situation, is to immediately seek help. Reoccurring, chronic depression that interferes with functionality, or that leaves you feeling hopeless and helpless, is a clinical situation requiring professional intervention.

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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