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Nina Hollander gave me permission to reblog this, and given the extreme heat and smoke my part of the world is experiencing, I'm grateful beyond measure. Lauren   PET SAFETY TIPS FOR A SIZZLING HOT SUMMER! It's not just the real estate market that is sizzling hot this summer! Much of the country ...
08/13/2021
Yes, you're reading that right - The Onion Hour. Nurtured by Stefano Sacchi, Epic Llama, and Lord Simon Jacobs, Professional Weirdos, The Onion Hour is an online networking event with a difference - you'll be encouraged to be wacky and the proud parent of an onion. No more stilted small talk, no ...
08/04/2021
Monica Cornetti, Founder of Sententia Gamification, has an urgent message for employers (and therefore, of course, employees). I'm paraphrasing as closely as I can from her 2021 Playful Creative Summit presentation Why Work Does Not Work Without Play. Fearfulness harms productivity and creativity...
08/02/2021
Cinnamon toast - but don't use cinnamon. Use Chinese Five-Spice Powder. Or Pumpkin Spice powder. Welsh Rarebit - but don't use beer. Use your favorite hard cider. And I've NEVER gotten the hang of cream-based Welsh Rarebit. Zucchini bread - word of honor, I think it's even better with yellow summ...
07/31/2021
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I learned the term "Complicated Grief" in listening to Brene Brown's Rising Strong. And she mentioned the Columbia University School of Social Work Center for Complicated Grief. I'm quoting from its home page for the public: "CG is a form of grief that takes hold of a person’s mind and won’t let ...
07/29/2021
The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Services Professionals, 2011, Oxford University Press, by Christiana Bratiotis, Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch and Gail Steketee is an invaluable guide to the project-management complexities of providing care to people with hoarding disorder. The authors h...
07/22/2021
Um hmm, another imperfection post. Because I can't proclaim "Perfect!" with any satisfaction just yet. I made this trifle for the sole purpose of holding my reusable shopping bags. The top to drop full bags onto is just whipped cream. Found the topless wire cart in a Redmond thrift store, went te...
07/21/2021
I was delighted to discover The National Association of Black Professional Organizers exists. I think it's always fantastic when colleagues with potentially similar experiences, who may share common needs, are able to connect to support each other. And equally wonderful, their association may als...
07/20/2021
I belong to numerous behind-the-scenes chat rooms for Organizers. Some are hosted by my professional societies, some are convened for common interests around issues like hoarding, others are hosted by people selling courses they claim are sufficient for getting trained for the profession. I'm goi...
07/18/2021
As of 7/1/2021, Washington State requires me to charge sales tax on my services and any goods or services, for example the assistance of subcontractors, I add to my services on behalf of a Washington client. The charge will depend on a client's location: current rates vary from 8.4 to 10.4% of my...
07/04/2021
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