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Author Archive for Susan McNeal Velasquez

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In Appreciation

In Appreciation

It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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Get Over It

Get Over It

     Have you ever tried to water a garden with a leaking hose? The more little holes in the line, the more leakage and less water pressure out of the nozzle. Harboring resentment from past or present slights and disappointments has the same effect on our energy levels. None of us live in a […]

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Riding the Problem Express

Riding the Problem Express

  Imagine that every problem you encounter comes to you as a special delivery package from the Problem Express Railroad. This train is filled to the brim with all manner of problems, from the inconsequential to the complex. When you are a recipient of problem cargo, there are specific unpacking and handling instructions that are […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

  The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, would […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

     The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, […]

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Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Based on research done by Adam Grant, one of the highest-rated professors at Wharton School of Business, about 35% of our business workforce is comprised of takers. This includes both leaders and employees who are driven by ego and self-promotion that includes taking credit for the ideas and work of others. They twist reality to […]

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Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Based on research done by Adam Grant, one of the highest-rated professors at Wharton School of Business, about 35% of our business workforce is comprised of takers. This includes both leaders and employees who are driven by ego and self-promotion that includes taking credit for the ideas and work of others. They twist reality to […]

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Wisdom Workout: Paradox

Wisdom Workout: Paradox

Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle, numb and uncaring? On the other hand, if you decide to live with a protective attitude, limiting your caring to only a few people, places and things, your wellspring of curiosity, […]

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Wisdom Workout: Paradox

Wisdom Workout: Paradox

Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle, numb and uncaring? On the other hand, if you decide to live with a protective attitude, limiting your caring to only a few people, places and things, your wellspring of curiosity, […]

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Wisdom Workout: Celebrating Club’s Woman of the Year

Wisdom Workout: Celebrating Club’s Woman of the Year

Last Friday, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club held its annual Woman of the Year luncheon. This year, Peggie Thomas was the deserving recipient. Gayle Waite chaired the event and it was beautifully executed from start to finish. University of Michigan’s colors, blue and yellow, were chosen in honor of Peggie’s alma mater. By the time […]

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Wisdom Workout: Running on Empty?

Wisdom Workout: Running on Empty?

My first full time job as a young adult was as a bank teller. Periodically, the bank auditors would arrive and the atmosphere would become tense. What will they find? Will we be in compliance? Will our manager enforce stricter checks and balances on our procedures? In other words, will we be forced to change? […]

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Wisdom Workout: A Season for Change

Wisdom Workout: A Season for Change

My daughter, Sara, and my newest granddaughter, Aroha, are reunited with “Papa” in Bangkok and this new little family is on their way back to Pakistan where they do humanitarian work. The luxury that I’ve had for the last six weeks of spending time on Skype with them will be negatively impacted by the 12-hour […]

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Wisdom Workout: Magic of Motherhood

Wisdom Workout: Magic of Motherhood

It is gloomy this morning but I can still conjure up the feelings generated by the sunshine we’ve recently enjoyed. The main reason for my sunny outlook is the safe arrival of my newest granddaughter, Aroha, and the pleasure of watching the bonding grow between my daughter, Sara, and her newborn. Yes, watching is the […]

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Wisdom Workout - APB: Norman is Still Missing

Wisdom Workout – APB: Norman is Still Missing

  Norman, the mascot for the Penguin Café, was abducted. There is a $500 reward posted for his return. No questions asked. Norman has been standing guard in front of the Penguin Cafe for as long as I can remember. Visitors to our city have photographed him almost as much as The Greeter, another Laguna icon. […]

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Wisdom Workout: Magic Moments

Wisdom Workout: Magic Moments

My new granddaughter arrived Thursday, March 14, in New Zealand, but a day earlier in Laguna. Bless Skype one more time. I was able to see my daughter, Sara, looking beautiful and happy, her partner Stephan smiling ear to ear, and my new granddaughter, Aroha, with eyes wide open and all 8 lbs. 11 oz. […]