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Welcome to ROLL THE DICE

Welcome to the category of surprises!

I figured if I’m going to throw my hat into this blogging arena, I might as well create a place where I can talk about anything that might not fall neatly into one of my other categories.

Roll The Dice

In Roll the Dice you might find a movie or book review, info on a great app to check out, tips on owning your own business, leadership skills, or a product recommendation that has nothing to do with health or fitness. I’m checking out a lot of cool blogs as I begin mine and I’ll link you to some good ones no matter what the topic.

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Are Big Decisions Really Small?

Big success doesn't require big decisions.

shutterstock_95096569 Maze and Blocks

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Livestrong or Livewrong

The Lance Armstrong investigation stirs up debate for good reason.

Worthy of the yellow jersey?

I have read all of his books. My wrist adorned a rubber yellow bracelet for years. When asked which athletes I would most like to have around my dinner table, Lance Armstrong was tops on my list.

Accused of doping in his 7 consecutive wins of the Tour de France, Lance is forced to prove his innocence instead of proving he’s still one of the best athletes on the planet.

Is this a witch hunt or a legitimate effort on behalf of authorities to clean up the sport of cycling?  Here’s what I think.

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Sid’s Sense- Portrait of a Passionate Life

A grandfather speaks to his youngest grandchild about how to lead a good life.

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Sid’s Sense- Lingo & Laughter

Use humor and the right vocabulary to snap tension, ignite fellowship, and cope with life’s stings.

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Around the year 2000, my mother was diagnosed with a progressive illness called multiple system atrophy. It started with severe bouts of hypotension (low blood pressure) and progressed to the point she could not walk or take care of herself. It was heartbreaking. My father, her husband of 52 years, knew this might just be the biggest fight he would ever endure. Determined to find a way to cope, ease the stress, and remain proactive in her healthcare, he chose his words carefully.

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Sid’s Sense- King & Queen and Silver Bullets

Know who you can count on and who can count on you.

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I grew up in a traditional home with a father who worked long hours as an attorney and a mother who stayed home. I was lucky. It was a loving, peaceful home. Today I’ll share specific lessons I learned from my father about relationships. I’ll be elaborating on many of these in my we belong posts in the future.

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Sid’s Sense- The Top Dog

Leaders are born and made.

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Sid was born a leader. No doubt in my mind. Some people naturally have less fear when the gun goes off. The best leaders have that sixth sense, an intuition.

The best advantage of being the child of a great leader is witnessing the actions and behaviors that come from that intuition. Over time I began to predict what he would do–this is a sign I was developing the intuition myself. Some Dads take their kids bowling or fishing. My Dad took me to meet judges in their chambers:).

So here’s what I learned about leadership.

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Sid’s Sense- Money Matters

Make it, save it, and spend it wisely.

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My grandfather, Sid’s father, had Alzheimer’s. My father barely attended law school because of his ill father. He was an only child and his mother needed help. After he died, my father and grandmother needed a way to make money so my grandmother used her skills in the kitchen to run a restaurant and later own a boarding house for boys. As many people do, Sid learned about money by not having any.

As you know, schools would rather teach us about “x’s” and “y’s” than “dollars” and “cents.” In my home, we talked and learned about money. Here are a few money lessons that most impacted my life.

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Sid’s Sense- The Story of Susanella

Determination is contagious. Make your impossible dream possible.

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New Oxford American Dictionary:
an impossible dream: unattainable, unachievable, unobtainable, unwinnable, hopeless, impractical, implausible, far-fetched, outrageous, preposterous, ridiculous, absurd, impracticable, unworkable, futile.

Not your ordinary wedding video

The year was 1985. The year I got married. Camcorders just came out on the market. Not the kind of camcorders you and I are familiar with now. Think of the largest, heaviest hand held camcorder you’ve ever seen. Now think of a VCR machine.  Now strap both around your neck and you’ll have a better feel of what a “camcorder” was in 1985.

With the help of a close buddy and a long time radio host in Kansas City, my father was the “executive producer” of a video for my wedding reception. My husband and I appeared at the beginning and end of the video without a clue of what was in the middle.

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Sid’s Sense- The Escalator: Hitting the Wall

Persistence is not always about head banging and spinning your wheels.

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Don’t forget the down escalator.  

No question persistence is vital to a successful outcome in a negotiation. The relentless pursuit of a goal.

Frequently when we fire ourselves up to fight our own battles we end up hitting a brick wall.  We get discouraged and give up.  The closer we are to reaching the goal when we hit the wall, the more likely we are to feel defeated.

Next time you’re banging your head against the wall, remember “The Escalator.”  Picture yourself in a department store with both up and down escalators, usually close to each other.

Persistence sometimes requires you to use both.

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Sid’s Sense- What a 7-year-old Learned in Vegas

Shouldn't a 7-year-old be taught what NOT to do in Las Vegas?!

[If you read Part III of Sid’s Sense, you already know to beware of assumptions!]

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The Velvet Booth 

I learned powerful lessons in Vegas and it wasn’t how to shoot craps. I’m 7 years old. Too young to fully comprehend or appreciate the magnitude of these once in a lifetime experiences.  Nevertheless, the lessons remain with me to this day.

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