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Passing of an Icon – Leonard Nimoy

by Miriam - February 27th, 2015

His Soul Was the Most Human

Evolution of Batman

by Miriam - February 11th, 2015

This is for Ben, who is Batman to me.

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

Who does the “office housework?”

by Miriam - February 9th, 2015

Man Woman WatercoolerIntriguing article from Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in the New York Times, “Women at Work” section, highlighting the differences between women and men in the office workplace.  Even when roles are equal – or when a woman is in a superior role – women either self-appoint or are appointed the “office housework” tasks more frequently than men.

The most obvious tasks are getting coffee, making copies, and such.  However, there are also the tasks of taking meeting notes, mentoring new hires, and planning office events, which seem to be assigned to women more frequently than to men.

The article not only points out how both men and women can fall into this rut, but also how to work out of the roles to provide more effective leadership and more productive results.

Where do YOU fall in this mix, and are you stuck there?

Madam CEO, Get Me a Coffee.


7 Productive Things You can Do in Class

by Miriam - January 22nd, 2015

Productive In Class

You should follow this blog. (Disclaimer – this blog is written by my daughter, so there is just a little Mother’s pride on deck. You should still follow this blog).

Cate is a college student, and writes from that perspective. That said, she has interesting insights into the world around her, a good head on her shoulders and a terrific writing voice.

Go and check it out.

7 Productive Things You can Do Instead of Paying Attention During Class.

For an adult, this can be applied to meetings.  Just sayin’.

365 Days – A Word A Day

by Miriam - January 20th, 2015

Very cool, very thoughtful reflection — put together one word, one day, at a time.  Worth the watch:


Musical Pi

by Miriam - January 12th, 2015

Charming and clever:

Why you took piano lessons

by Miriam - January 5th, 2015

This is why your parents made you learn an instrument.  Shout-out to all my musician friends – your brain rocks!

Why saying no is important

by Miriam - December 30th, 2014

NOWhy saying no is important.

Reprint from the May, 2014, Your ABA page.

This should be your New Year’s Resolution.

Four quick points (please read the article for more detailed information):

1.  Helps you to be really good at what you do say yes to.

2.  Facilitates your ability to live up to your commitments that you make to others.

3.  Enables you to say yest to the best opportunities that arise.

4.  Allows you to a live healthier and more satisfactory life.

Merry Christmas from Lawlatte

by Miriam - December 24th, 2014

Merry Christmas LL copy

Star Trek – Make it So

by Miriam - December 11th, 2014

A time-waster for your Friday.  For all my Trekkie Friends:

100 Years – 100 Legacies

by Miriam - November 30th, 2014

100 Years-Legacies


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The Wall Street Journal has provided a website that shows the lasting effect of the first “war to end all wars.”  Passports came into wide use as a security measure; Pilates was developed as an exercise for POWs; Plastic Surgery was developed to address some of the brutal injuries caused by the conflict.

The list is an amazing testament to how things we take for granted, today, were first conceived or put into practice as a consequence of WWI.

100 Years – 100 Legacies Website – WSJ


Happy Thanksgiving from Lawlatte

by Miriam - November 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Lawlatte

May you enjoy the blessings of family and friends on this day.

Tax Increment Financing Done Right

by Miriam - November 24th, 2014

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a way of capturing tax dollars from development to pay for the infrastructure needed for that development (roads, water, sewer, subdivision).  It has received bad press recently, and is generally regarded with suspicion, anyway, since it seems like it’s either an additional tax, or “taking away” tax dollars from other budgets, but it’s neither.  TIF captures tax dollars only from new development, and only for a limited time, and has no effect upon the pre-existing property tax base.

Here’s a terrific video that shows how TIF has been successful in commercial, industrial, and residential development, and how, for small and rural communities, it is the only tool that local communities can use to bring in and encourage development.  This video features Tippecanoe County, Indiana, as well as its neighbor county (my home county), Carroll County.  While the video certainly has a promotional feel to it, it is entirely accurate.  I know this because I serve on the local Economic Development Board, and I have seen TIF in action.

Christmas Letter-Writing Tips

by Miriam - November 20th, 2014

Christmas Letter-Writing TipsIn January, I go through all the Christmas cards we received the previous month.  I re-read the letters, take another look at the pictures, and file everything in a 3-ring binder.  I’ve been doing this since 2000, and I have two 3-inch binders almost full of letters and “annual Christmas photos” from friends and family.

I enjoy reading the letters and looking at the photos.  It’s amazing to see how everyone changes over the years.

However, there are some odd omissions I find in many letters.  So, just in case you want to get into the “annual Christmas Family Letter Writing Trend,” here are some tips to help your letters stand the test of time.

Put the year on your letter.  About 10 years after my grandmother passed away, I had the opportunity to go through her correspondence – she kept everything!  Some of the treasures I found included the letters she and my grandfather wrote to each other when courting in the 1930’s.  There were many interesting letters from friends and family members whose names I recognized, but were not dated.  Not knowing some of the people very well, I was not able to place the letters in any sort of chronological context, and some of the sparkle was lost.

On the other hand, I was charmed when reading old letters (with dates), and imagining my grandmother writing a letter in her teens and early married years.  The date provides a great connection, perspective, and context to letters, years later.

SIGN your letters!  Even if you just put “The Smith Family” at the end, it’s important to sign your letters.  I receive more than 25 letters from family and friends, and when I read them again in January (and file them away), sometimes it’s a guessing-game to determine who sent the letter (this is particularly true for my husband’s friends – many of whom I do not know well).

Print on nice paper with good printer ink.  Maybe you think it doesn’t matter, or that everyone throws out your letter at the end of Christmas, but letters on nice paper and with clear printing are a joy to read and have a better chance of standing the test of time.   On the other hand, letters on cheap copy paper from a poor quality printer sometimes doesn’t make it through the first year.

If you send a photo instead of a letter, identify everyone (and put the year!)  I don’t see your children every year, and if I don’t know you well, I might not know your children.  As I get older and my peers are adding grandchildren to the mix, it’s even more confusing.  I love to see your family pictures, but I would really like to know who I’m looking at.

Bonus – Email Letter Trend.  In recent years, more of my friends and family have been sending their annual “Christmas Letter” via email.  I don’t mind (mostly), but take time to create a nicely-formatted letter as a separate attachment to your email.

Christmas letters get a bad rap, but I think they are an important (and increasingly rare) connection between family and friends – make your correspondence count!


Text Me Merry Christmas

by Miriam - November 18th, 2014

Signs of the times.  Before Thanksgiving, and totally social media.  Yet, cute.