I am working on kitchen renovations and today I fell off the ladder. I am okay-ish, my fall was broken by the kitchen counter before I flipped off like WilE Coyote and hit the floor. Hard. I was sure I broke something vital, like my leg.

Thankfully my 16 year old was home. I shouted her name and she came barreling down from her room on the second floor.

Her first question was “should I call 911?”

My initial response “no — please get me a pillow and some ice for my hand.”

I laid on the kitchen floor for…


Choosing between the People or the Rules.

People are inevitable; the rules are arbitrary. So what do you value more?

I went to a caseworker today because someone came and asked me for shoes. I am the kitchen; food, water, coffee are my domains. Shoes, shelter, counseling assistance are the domain of the caseworkers.

Instead of helping the young lady with obtaining shoes, the caseworker read me the riot act, citing the rules on opening the bin room at 10:15, instead of 10:00 like the rules say.

No acknowledgment of the woman or her need for shoes. …


Man, 2021 is not the utopia we were hoping for after 2020.

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I still wear a mask every day, and adult mask-induced acne is a real thing.

Yes, there are jobs everywhere, but the interviewing process is gatekeeping actual hiring from happening.

The supply chain is still interrupted, a story told by the perpetually empty shelves in every store, pharmacy, and retailer I frequent.

For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to return to school in the midst of a global pandemic , and I started work on a graduate degree in communication.

My most recent…


Yup, I set those goals in a Bingo board, and I’m rewarding myself every time I earn a B.I.N.G.O.!

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I saw this bingo goal technique, oh, probably on TikTok in January, and I thought it would be a fun way to tackle the serious subject of personal goal setting.

I apply the SMART goal principles to my goals. The acronym breaks apart into Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. If the goal isn’t SMART, then how will I know when I’ve reached it?

Now, some of my goals are a gimmie bingo win, like paying my property taxes. I have…


Free marketing is never free; it is paid for with time and effort.

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Social media is a fantastic set of platforms, particularly for small businesses, artisans, musicians, makers, and creators. There are the standbys of Facebook, great for longer-form posts, Instagram, the visualization of your business, LinkedIn, connecting with other business professionals in your niche, TikTok, short videos of your product, process, members, engagements, events, Pinterest, visuals and short videos, and more at your disposal.

The question for 2021 is social media dying? Well, as Forbes wrote in January, social media is evolving, suggesting that brands should meet people where…


That’s Me — In Colorado, my happy place. Copyright 2015–2021 C. Deborah O’Dell

My relationships have gotten better since I moved back to America from Singapore.

It could be that the spicy curry rewired my brain. Or that the tropical heat of living so near the equator flushed the disapproval from my pores. But, I think it was all the time I spent at the temples, bringing back the idea of acceptance, that changed how I interact with people.

I accepted my son’s father — as he is not as I want him to be — and the fighting stopped almost instantly. It was magical.

I accepted my (now ex) husband — as…


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  1. I do it for me. Please read my work, comment, interact, for that is why I write. Mostly, I write for myself. I have something to say, a feeling or event, or a story that I want to share. …

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