Hazel Thornton

Menendez Media Fails

By Hazel Thornton | November 19, 2023 |

  Menendez supporters all know how much the prosecution-biased media influenced public perception of the case during the four years preceding the actual first trial, during both trials, and in the decades since. (You can Google famous examples such as the John Malkovich and Rob Schneider Saturday Night Live sketch and videos of Jay Leno…

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What? Your ducks aren’t in a row? Mine either.

By Hazel Thornton | October 23, 2023 |

I thought being retired would mean less worry. I was wrong. For one thing, I’m older now and everyone and everything else is older, too — from friends and family to furniture and appliances. If it doesn’t need replacing or repair, it certainly needs maintenance! And, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Life —…

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Always believe in yourself (and have a backup plan)

By Hazel Thornton | October 11, 2023 |

Do you believe in yourself? Always? Or do you sometimes lose faith? If this post looks familiar, it’s because I pull it out and tweak it every few years. It makes me feel better to read it. Maybe it will help you too? Life is hard. We all go through tough times personally, and lately…

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Do you need more good news in your life?

By Hazel Thornton | September 25, 2023 |

Does the daily news get you down? Do you watch or read a lot of it? Too much, maybe? If you want a change, it seems you have two choices: Consume less bad news and/or seek out more good news. Are you addicted? I know people who watch several hours of news and commentary each…

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Just Say No — Here’s How and Why

By Hazel Thornton | September 5, 2023 |

Do you have trouble saying no? A client told me about a situation in which she couldn’t bring herself to say no. The details are unimportant. We’ve all been there. In the end, she told a “white lie” rather than admit she didn’t want to do a favor for a friend. (A favor which, by…

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High Five Friday

By Hazel Thornton | August 21, 2023 |

In my retirement I noticed something was missing. But what could it be? Was I having trouble filling my time? Heck no! Did I miss working with clients? Maybe a little. Was I missing my colleagues? Not really, since most of them live elsewhere and we’re still connected. Then I realized what it was: I…

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3 Tips for Organized Grocery Delivery

By Hazel Thornton | July 23, 2023 |

I recently came across a TikTok post about an Instacart grocery delivery mix-up. The comments about this and other mix-ups were hilarious, and I could identify with many of them. But I also started noticing examples that made me think, “Well…I know how that happened, and I don’t think it was the Instacart shopper’s fault!”…

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Success Breeds Success: Finish Something!

By Hazel Thornton | June 19, 2023 |

A senior coworker once gave me a great piece of advice early in my corporate career. I was feeling overwhelmed and whiny about all the projects I had been assigned. I was paralyzed with indecision about what to work on next. What was his advice? Finish something.        

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There’s no Reason to Freak out…Unless…

By Hazel Thornton | June 12, 2023 |

Do you ever freak out when facing new situations? I think everyone does sometimes, no matter how old they are. Our degree of anxiousness varies according to a number of factors, including our perceived locus of control (internal or external), past experiences, mental and physical health, environment, relationships, and financial stability. Even so, I think…

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Is Swedish Death Cleaning for you?

By Hazel Thornton | May 21, 2023 |

  I was eager to watch the new organizing TV series, “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning”, inspired by Margareta Magnusson’s book by the same name. Let’s call it “Death Cleaning” for short. The author and her daughter, Jane Magnusson, are listed among the executive producers, as are comedian Amy Poehler (who also narrates)…

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What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy

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Go With the Flow! (The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook)

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Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror

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