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When Pulling the “Old Lady Card” Can Be Useful

Remember the old days when we used our charm to get our way?  I think today charm is way way underused.  Charm can be used by male, female, nongendered.  Old, young.

Charm is the ability to make someone think that both of you are quite wonderful.

Charm is not about being manipulative.  It is merely a way of interacting with other people are if they are fellow human beings. Have you ever noticed that even in a foreign country a mere smile can accomplish much.

There are some places it is a little more difficult to practice charm.  TSA, DMV or during a traffic stop.  But you can try!  After all, charm is just being nice. Even those folks appreciate nice.

Let me suggest a variation of charm.  I call it “pulling the old lady card”.  I joked about it on a recent trip.  I used it at the airport with grumpy TSA agents, at a resort with servers and even the golf cart drivers who took you to your room up a steep hill.  No, it is not about acting helpless.  It is a variation of charm that allows the other person to be of service. You know there is such a natural inclination if we just allow it.  Being huffy and grumpy doesn’t get you far but a smile and an an open expression inviting help goes a long way.  (But don’t forget the tip, that helps a lot, but NOT with TSA, government officials or law enforcement.  Then it is called a bribe).

What if you are not old enough to pull the old lady card?  Well, then you are just going to have to use a lot of charm.  You know you can do it.



The Joy of Being Single—Part one fine dining?

I am in the business of making people single.  I see the positive changes happening to people when they reclaim their lives.  Often they did not know how unhappy they were until they made the change to being single.  But I do have to caution folks that it is not the rainbows and unicorns some people make it out to be.There seems to be an idolizing of the single life. I read about it all the time. Let me tell you a little about said single life. (more…)

Do you have a tribe?

Last week I wrote about commitment and that I had committed to an every Sunday post.  Well I broke the streek.  You know, Super Bowl, friends gathering, etc. etc.  So here it is Tuesday and I am committed to a blog this week. Fresh out of ideas, I asked my tribe. Great suggestion:  “talk about having a tribe”.  Great idea but what does tribe mean, asked one member. (more…)


“Commitment is what
Transforms the promise into reality.
It is the words that speak
Boldly of your intentions.
And the actions which speak
Louder than the words.
It is making the time
When there is none.
Coming through time
After time after time,
Year after year after year.
Commitment is the stuff
Character is made of;
The power to change
The face of things.
It is the daily triumph
Of integrity over skepticism.”

Urban Dictionary




My Conversation With a Millenial

Grandma meets the millennial.  He probably winced when I walked in the door of the Mac store. Certainly not his demographic.  “She’s going to waste my time and won’t understand anything” I’m sure he was thinking.  He seems a little more interested as I pulled out my MacBook Air and seemed to actually know what it was.


Some Days the Garbage Does Pile Up

The new year has come and gone. Last week I found myself with a head cold, my car was out of gas, there was no coffee in the house.  If I didn’t have auto pay I probably would be without lights or heat.  Adulting can be challenging.  And then this . . .


Your Grandmother is on Facebook, and that’s a good thing

5D831EAF-58BE-46FF-9B5E-A88F5CE2168CThis is my friend, Bonnie and her Seahawks ring.  Bonnie is more than 70.  Bonnie is on Facebook.  Be like Bonnie. (more…)

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