The fine, yet simple, art of introductions

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You’re hosting a party or going out with friends. You’ll be meeting with friends who will be meeting one another for the first time.

Who do you introduce first?

The thing to remember is you want to introduce the more distinguished person first. You will need to make introductions at some point. Weddings, conferences, funeral services, and family holidays are a few.

Unless you’re meeting the royal family, it isn’t that difficult and the rules are simple and easy to remember. And no, it doesn’t seem important until you’re in a situation where you don’t know what you’re doing.

It’s…


It won’t convince me to hand over a single dollar more.

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I love animals, probably more than I love most people.

They judge you for your character and not for your social status or possessions. They don’t lie, cheat, or stab you in the back. Although yes, sometimes they do steal.

They let you know when something you did bothers them in no uncertain terms. They don’t gossip to their friends about it or ghost you.

Animals are excellent judges of character.

And they love unconditionally.

For these reasons, I donate generously to animal rights organizations, am a member of several, and have protested on behalf of the dolphins in Taji


Sometimes it’s good to let go of beliefs.

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A good friend of mine recently wrote an article about why you should write about what you know, what you’re an expert on.

Raised as a Catholic and a graduate of parochial schools for 12 years with those scary nuns, sometimes referred to as “penguins” for their black and white habits, I can say I am an expert.

Like many of us, I had no choice in the matter. I was told what to believe, how to believe it, and what to do to demonstrate this belief to the world.

And today, I would get my ashes and walk around…


It’s a long climb to the top of the hill.

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The words of President Joseph Biden and Amanda Gorman are sources of great hope for the United States.

In his inaugural address, Biden proclaimed he is the president for all Americans, even those who “did not vote for him.” He has four years to prove this.

The gifted and amazing Amanda Gorman stated that she used her words to “envision a way in which our country can come together and still heal.” And there’s a lot of healing, over 200 years worth. …


Doing your job makes our job easier.

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I have been writing on Medium since 2018.

I started as an inexperienced writer. It was before Medium exploded and all articles were reviewed for curation. Unsplash was available, but not yet linked as a direct source. And you were allowed to republish your older articles.

Those were the days.

As I progressed, editors started to ask me to publish in their publications. I was honored. Who was I anyway? I was just starting to write again had no idea what I was doing.

I considered the editor’s time valuable, and I edited the hell out of my work. …


You have more heart than I do.

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Love is that one thing we all crave.

It’s that thing one thing some will die for, if it doesn’t kill them first.

It makes the world go ‘round. It’s a drug and Lord of all. It hurts so bad that when it ends, we swear it’s the last time. We’re done. But then we see that face, or smile, and think, “okay, just one more time.”

And we set ourselves up for the next time.

It reminds me of giving birth. The labor pains hit, you writhe in agony. For hours.

The first time, you have no idea and…


It’s proof that love never dies.

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She’s doesn’t have wings or a typical angel-like face.

But shat she has is what matters: angel energy. That sparkling love and vitality that touches your heart when you look at her.

I say “her” because my mother did and because she was my mother’s final Christmas gift. My mother recognized this energy and was attached to her the minute she saw her.

It’s been over 20 years and her white, lace dress emits a shabby-sheek appearance, aged but still elegant. Her face possesses the innocent wisdom of the hope and promise of the Christmas Season.

She dons a tiny…


And it hit a new low two days later.

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Christmas wasn’t the same this year. Not for anyone. But with a little ingenuity, my family held on to one tradition: Yankee Swap.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, it involves regifting something that’s been stored in the attic or basement, like that fruit cake that never seems to go bad.

The gifts are wrapped and placed in a pile. If you want to participate, you bring a gift, but no pressure. You then pick a number out of a hat or box. The first person goes first, unwraps a gift, and shows it to everyone.

The person who…


I own everything, and I’ll do what I want with it.

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Hey mom, thanks so much for the new rug.

You spent a lot of time looking at pictures on your computer and measuring to make sure you got just the right one. Congratulations! I know this one is really nice and that you got it at a good price.

And it’s so lush, big, and heavy! I know you were happy to get it because you lay on it sometimes to watch television. I love to join you. Of course, you know I’m just sucking up. Food is always on my mind.

Getting this rug on the floor took more…


There’s a lot more to making good lemonade than just the lemons.

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Everything is relative.

And a matter of comparison.

You can’t have light without the dark. You can’t know happiness unless you’ve shed some tears. You don’t appreciate what it feels like to be loved if you’ve never been alone and felt longing.

Suffering is the same. If we’re never deprived of something, how can we ever appreciate what it’s like to have it in the first place?

Suffering has a way of weeding out the stuff we don’t need and bringing what is vital into view for the first time.

If everything were good all the time, then the important…

Marilyn Regan

Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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