Spring is here,  bringing new flowers and graduation ceremonies. To celebrate, check out my Kindness Tips poster entitled “Life Success 101: Ten Tips to Help Graduates Reach Career Success by Developing a Kindness Habit.” For many more inspirational tips and fun photos, order The Big Squeeze from Amazon. It’s affordable and makes a great gift. Reviewers agree. The Big Squeeze is “charming,” lets you “laugh out loud,” offers a “happiness vacation” and inspires and motivates.    Read More →

In a recently reposted essay, Joel Friedlander of book design fame extols the virtues of utilizing snappy photographs to grab readers’ interest. I heartily concur. In my eleven years of blogging at Pension Risk Matters, followed by Good Risk Governance Pays and now I Paint With Words, I have included an image in nearly every write-up. A visual can sometimes be more evocative of an idea or feeling than words alone. A selection can enhance the central message even when it’s not directly related to the subject at hand. To reinforce my commentary about building trust, I embedded an illustration of a giraffe atop an elephant with the latter walking acrossRead More →

Many authors are told to write about their personal experiences. Others advocate for good research as a substitute for “been there, done that.” Whatever your philosophy, most agree that writing about the human heart makes sense. There are universal traits that transcend borders and inspire and engage. Kindness, fear and love are just a few examples. Sometimes the process of getting words on paper may be less about selling a work and instead helping someone cope or celebrate. That’s my reason for writing tonight. I am sad and wanted to express myself by reflecting on the loss of a good and decent man. One dayRead More →