Category Archives: being thankful


I ran into someone,  or I nearly fell over someone, ok….I didn’t even recognize her; she did me! How awful I felt for the better part of the whole week after that! I used to be really good close friends with this person and the very fact that it took her to actually say her name, did I then (and only then) realize who she was.

I’m in no way forgetful and memories of great times, parties and events immediately flooded me as I stood there. As far back as Girl Scouts and elementary school functions, not to mention high school, we did a lot together~ then quickly after graduation we drifted, more precisely,  we never saw each other again!

Now as I stand before her with a manufactured smile and sweaty palms, I listen to her recall some of those fun times and I then see her face light up~ “Oh Wow, we had a blast back then”!  Now I’m actually engaged and truly smiling~  Thank you friend from days gone by, you’ve “rebooted” me! You threw me back to fond memories and while you said I haven’t changed at all; perhaps it really was me I didn’t recognize~

Keep in touch.

Just my thoughts, just my opinion, and always in a Conversationaltone!





Remembering September 11th!

No matter what you do today, remember 9/11. Why? To keep this date on our minds and in our hearts. We can see a million ceremonies on TV today, but it will not touch you more than your personal family erecting a large American Flag in front of your house, or taking part in a small observance of silence, or perhaps bringing a plate of cookies,cupcakes, or brownies to your local firehouse.

Teaching our next generation about the mindset of hate and changing that. Teaching children that things like this do exist in other nations, but deflecting it and having the children experience honor and respect for others is paramount. And finally let the world know that we care for the next guy, that this country can/and has pulled together as a unit to encourage time for reflection and honor.

So like the old song says “Teach your children well”; show them the importance of remembering and end that cycle of hate and hopefully our vigilance will cause change to happen-even if it has to go far into the mountain caves of Afghanistan or just the streets of hometown USA!

Remembering September 11th! Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo

I Want To Be Friends With Oprah!

There is goodness in some, and there are is greatness in others!  I truly believe that Oprah is the epitome of greatness! Although she is at the top of the food chain, she could be many things but first and foremost she is real. She is genuine and actually cares for the people around her.

Working for Oprah must be a delight. She appears to have a huge staff that surrounds and attends to her every need. But she started at the bottom and rose to the top. She is a true rags to riches story. But what is exclusive to her is that she has not forgotten where she came from. She is thankful to people who have and continue to do things for her. Yes this makes her a good boss.

Sending people/employees on the trips of their life-time is a great business gesture as well as a heartfelt gesture. When you make money in business you need to write of the expenses that it takes to kepp you in business. She could have written off anything, but she chose to make this memorable for the people around her, and thus to Oprah sending your whole entire staff and their immediate families on a cruise is really something! I know that everyone is thankful, rested, and ready to go on working.

Boosting morale of your working staff is something that every boss should do. If not those glamorous trips: just donuts or lunch is great and most likely well withing a budget. But to really achieve what Oprah has that all others do not is the simple truly that of being thankful! Being deeply thankful will show. They way the management conducts its skills will transfer over into the work. If you are loved it will show.

So for all the bosses out there just a simple truly meaning ful thank you will help you to achieve Oprah status in your office; try it if you dare!

Just my thoughts,just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone

Mary Caliendo