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Ask…then Listen.

Ask…then Listen.

Today was a very special day for me. I conducted a mediation I had worked on with my Mastermind Group the week before.  I brought it to my Mastermind Group in order to get a better handle on my own emotions and better serve the clients in this mediation.Let me...

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One Nation Under Dog

One Nation Under Dog

This is the title of a new HBOseries about a dog’s place in our life.It covered puppy mills, rescue organizations, individual owners of vicious dogs and euthanasia.Initially, I was not sure I wanted to watch the program.  After years of raising Irish Setters and...

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Business as Usual

Business as Usual

In my world, ‘Business as Usual’ is why I am in business.  People don’t address small issues when they arise, they just go along,  ‘Business as Usual’ until a little disagreement becomes too big to handle alone.  I’m called in to bridge the conflict and...

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Transpetation

Transpetation

Scheduling SNAFU? – Look to Transpetation!If you have a pet, chances are it will need to go to the vet, groomer, kennel or trainer sometime soon and that ‘time’ may not be one conducive to anyone in the family’s schedule.  Conflicts can arise while discussing...

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Alphabetical Order

Alphabetical Order

In my mediation practice I am often asked the following question. Should you mediate first or start litigation proceedings and then mediate?It is an interesting question because there are many ways to answer it. People sometimes feel if they ask to mediate first it...

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TADB-Take A Deep Breath

TADB-Take A Deep Breath

“Take A Deep Breath”In the work I do, Helping People Resolve Conflicts Involving Animals, I begin each mediation with one simple act.   As I do it, I ask the parties to do it as well.  It is, “Take A Deep Breath”. (TADB)This simple activity. …breathing...

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THE BIG C

THE BIG C

For years I practiced in the litigation arena.  It never ceased to amaze me how many people wrote unenforceable contracts or never read the contracts they signed.A Contract, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, is an agreement between two or more...

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Duck Tape on the Table

Duck Tape on the Table

It occurred to me, during one of my more contentious meditations, that having a roll of duck-tape on the table might be an effective prop to encourage the parties to ‘stop talking and start listening’.As we all know duck tape can fix anything.  A leaky pipe, a...

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Know thy Self

This past weekend I was emersed in the exploration of "Knowing thy Self".  Our very well respected collaborative colleague, Susan Gamache, arrived in NYC at Eisner Amper for a daylong adventure in the examination of how you respond to conflict.  It was...

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Suburban Pet Etiquette

Suburban Pet Etiquette

I was asked by a colleague to discuss the finer points of pet ownership in the suburbs.  I welcomed the chance to explore how one can enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer while keeping themselves from running afoul of their neighbors peaceful...

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You’re No Expert!!

You’re No Expert!!

Rock Star RumraisinsToday’s blog is close to my heart.  And it probably will be to you as well.As an attorney, I cannot list myself as an expert in any field (unless I am an IP or Patent attorney…but I digress).  We can focus, concentrate and center our...

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My New Philosophy!

My New Philosophy!

In 1999, my family went to see You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown on Broadway for my youngest son, Thomas’ 6th birthday.  Little did I know, 13 years later, a song from the show would be the subject of a blog post on my website.The words to the song sung by Sally,...

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What is Pet Fostering?

Pet fostering provides temporary care to shelter animals who, for a variety of reasons, need to live in a home environment prior to adoption. While pet fostering is ideal for some people, it's not for everyone.Why foster homes are needed?Animal welfare organizations...

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The Homecoming

The Homecoming

In Saturdays 3/10/12 New York Post there was an article entitled "Ex-Marine's dog of war" It outlined the fight an Ex Marine, Megan Leavey, was waging with the Armed Forces to bring Rex, the dog she handled on 100 missions as a bomb sniffing expert while on tour in...

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The Moments of Tragedy

The Moments of Tragedy

I received several emails from colleagues, who know what I do, asking me to comment on what may have been done to avoid the tragedy of Rocco and NickIf you have not read the story of Nick & Rocco, I attached the link below.  Here is a short synopsisA...

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