November 13 Is Sadie Hawkins Day

Sadie Hawkins is not a real person she was a character created for the comic strip Little Ab’ner by Al Capp.  Sadie was the ugliest girl in the mountain town of Dogpatch and so her father created a day when the women of the town could chase the men, if a man was caught he had to, by Dogpatch law, marry the woman.SadieHawkins2Sadie Hawkins Day became a social craze and Sadie Hawkins Day dances were held.  For this dance the women asked the men.  It was simply a reversal of traditional male female roles.  The Idea of Sadie Hawkins was even recently used in the TV series GLEE.  By 1939 college campuses had embraced the idea much to the delight of the female students and much to the dread of the male population.  It was reported in 1952 that Sadie Hawkins Day was celebrated at over 40,000 different locations.

In our more liberated time Sadie Hawkins Day is not as necessary.  Women have been empowered to break a lot of the old social conventions and one of them is to ask the men out on their own, without a special day to get the privilege.  Maybe the next step will be a Liberace Day, where men can ask men to a dance.

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A Thanksgiving Ritual… Little Things You Did that Really Mattered to Me!

By: Susan Ford Collins


How to Make Habits of Highly Successful People (HSPs) Part of Your Holidays

In our family, Thanksgiving is about much more than just food! Oh yes, every year I make homemade cranberry sauce, a huge rice-stuffing filled turkey roasted with onions, mushrooms and carrots till golden brown, along with neatly trimmed broccoli “trees” for the kids, and a mouth-watering array of regular as well as gluten-free pumpkin pies. But most delicious of all (tucked inconspicuously among the silverware and napkins on our long cloth-covered table) we have something more. A ritual!

Little 3” x 3” slips of colorful paper are set under the napkins beside each person’s plate… along with small stubby pens… so that when the meal is over and we’re still too full for desert, we can write each other messages about “something you did or you were this year that really mattered to me… a phone call at just the right time, a welcome word of praise, a hug or smile that was desperately needed; the kind of mother or friend you were; the example you set that made the way easier for someone else in the family. Something you probably don’t even remember, but I do. And I want to thank you for doing it or being it.” Then we share our notes with everyone else at the table.

On Thanksgivings when we have lots of guests, instead of writing our messages, we go around the table sharing them out loud, generating smiles, hearty chuckles and even grateful tears. Spoken words are wonderful, but words written have an advantage… They last! In the months that follow, we’ve all noticed these saved “things that really mattered to me” slips of paper posted on refrigerator doors, pinned on bulletin boards or neatly creased and folded in bowls of seashells, sea glass and other memorabilia. These tiny notes serve as powerful reminders too. On particularly challenging days, it’s wonderful to reread what was said about us and, even more heartwarming, to recall what was said about our kids. To know about the kind deeds they’ve done for others that we would never otherwise hear about, or be able to enjoy.

And, now that these notes have become a family ritual, we’re on the lookout all year for experiences we can write on next year’s colorful Thanksgiving notes! But we frequently deliver them long before knowing there’ll be lots more by then!

Success Filing as a family

Here’s something I learned by shadowing Highly Successful People (HSPS) for 20 years and working with them for 20 more. HSPs make time each day to “file” their successes… all the ordinary and extraordinary things they did and realized that day, like… I ate a good breakfast, went for a run, quizzed my kids on their spelling words, replied to all my emails, returned a call I missed yesterday… that could be a hug opportunity.

Why is this important to HSPs? Here’s what they told me. If they wait for other people to acknowledge them and agree with them they could be waiting a long time! So to constantly build and rebuild their Self-Confidence, instead of relying on Other-Confidence, they write their successes in a journal, a computer file or cell phone or just underline them in their mind while repeating one of these mantras…

  • When my Success File I feel Success-Full. When it is low, I feel low too. (And tend to lie around and procrastinate instead of getting going on my priorities.) Or…
  • Success in my past gives me confidence in my future… the confidence I need to enjoy goals and dreams!

Whether we realize it or not, families have Success Files too. How full is your family’s? Hopefully this Thanksgiving Ritual will help you top it off!

Susan Ford Collins is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and the founder of The Technology of Success. She began her career as a young researcher at the National Institutes of Health with a radical idea: to focus her research on healthy, highly successful people (HSPs) rather than dysfunctional ones. With more than two decades studying HSPs and two additional decades working with them, she now shares what she has learned about leadership and management. Susan and her husband live happily in their tropical Miami home, surrounded by lush gardens, koi ponds and an indoor/outdoor aviary filled with exotic finches.

The Technology of Success book series includes:

The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want, [New edition, Greenleaf Book Group Press, October 20, 2015]

Success Has Gears: Using the Right Gear at the Right Time in Business & Life, [2014]

Our Children Are Watching: 10 Skills for Leading the Next Generation to Success, [2014]

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92-Year Old World War II Veteran Sings To His Dying Wife


(PCM) We are still wiping the tears from our eyes after watching the video of 92-year old World War II veteran Howard singing to his dying wife. The video which was filmed while Howard’s wife Laura was in hospice care has since gone viral and now has well over 4 million views and counting on YouTube.

Howard and Laura’s granddaughter says that the couple has been married for 73 years and when the heartwarming video was filmed Laura was told that she only had about a week left to live. Howard serenaded his wife with their song, which is “You’ll Never Know” by Rosemary Clooney w/Harry James, as it used to comfort her while he was away during World War II. The couple also sang the song together when they renewed their wedding vows to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

You can clearly see in the video the sheer amount of love this couple has for one another and after the video was posted Laura’s spirits were so lifted by the outpouring of love and support the couple received on social media that she was able to leave hospice care. Laura will now be spending her final days at home surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Just an absolutely beautiful story and we certainly send this amazing couple thoughts of love and peace!

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Newlyweds Create An Epic Music Video Montage In Just One Take!


(PCM) On the internet there have been a ton of amazing dance videos filmed at weddings, but none quite as epic as the one filmed by newlyweds Robert and Theresa where they managed to involve all of their guests in on the fun.

The couple celebrated their nuptials by having all of their 250 guests join them in the filming of an amazing mash-up music video shot in only one take. Opening things up with “Love Is An Open Door” from Frozen and blasting through hits such as “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, “Sugar” by Maroon 5, and of course “Gangnam Style” by Psy the pair danced and partied their way around the entire banquet hall.  They truly did an fabulous job!

The couple’s wedding guests only had about 10 minutes to prepare for the video shoot and were give instructions in manila envelopes taped under their seats.

The couple own a ninja-themed sushi restaurant in Orlando, Florida and friends say they are know to go “all out” and certainly enjoy crazy!  Since the video was uploaded it has already gone viral and has racked up well over 1 million views and counting on YouTube!

We definitely need an invite to their next party!

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Holding a Grudge? Why It’s Doing More Damage That You Might Think

(PCM) Do you drag out fights, hold on to grudges, or just can’t seem to forgive and forget? Well, it’s not doing anyone any good! In fact, holding onto hostility doesn’t just hurt those you won’t forgive, it can negatively affect your immune system and heart health!

According to RealAge, holding onto hostility is like living with chronic stress, releasing a combination of feel-bad chemicals into your body that increases heart rate, blood pressure, stomach acids, muscle tension, and inflammation-triggering compounds. That inflammation can lead to a buildup in your arteries, which causes heart attacks, wrinkles, stroke, and impotence.

Forgiveness, on the other hand, has the opposite effect! Letting go of your anger or hurt can help fight depression and anxiety, relieve chronic pain, and increase your immune system. Sometimes, though, it’s easier said than done. Take baby steps: work on letting go of the little, short-term grudges, and work your way towards letting go of bigger grievances. Talk it out with close friends, family, or a therapist.

Remember: forgiving someone for hurting you does not mean you’re weak. Sometimes forgiveness takes a lot more strength than holding onto something. So do yourself a favor and let go of your grudges – it just might save your life!

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Passenger Hilariously Live Tweets A Couples Break-up (And Make-up) During Delayed Flight


(PCM) It is amazing just how quickly someone’s personal business can turn into a viral trend via social media in seconds. Such is the case that happened recently, when another passenger on a delayed North Carolina flight hilariously began live tweeting a couples incredibly awkward break-up that was occurring on the plane.

A passenger by the name of Kelly Keegs was seated across the aisle from the couple and tweeted a play-by-play of the couples break-up to her several thousand Twitter followers. Her live-tweets were so funny that soon enough #PlaneBreakup began trending!

You can see a few of Keegs tweets below and read the entire ordeal here!

The entire ordeal ended with the couple making out with each other between drinks and awkward silence, so are they together or broken-up?  Either way, we can imagine it was certainly one way to get some in-flight entertainment for free.

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