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"So many parts to play.  So many roles.  Some, I’ve rocked.  Others, I’ve flopped.  But the secret to keeping on keepin’ on is knowing that you’re not defined by one, two, or even ten less-than-stellar performances.  You do the best you can in whatever roles you’re given and keep watch for that perfect part still … Continue reading

What America Needs to Know about Migrants

... is its own Migration Story. By 4 News, via FactCheck: https://www.facebook.com/channel4factcheck/videos/934157460074099/   If you want to learn more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, this Wikipedia entry seems to be a relatively neutral and reliable place to start.    

No Tolerance for Racism at a US Air Force Academy Prep School

Five black students at the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School found racist slurs written on their doors. This was their superintendent's response. https://www.facebook.com/jorgeramosnews/videos/1996362337315878/  

4 Tips to Protect you from ‘high-tech’ Scams

From virtual kidnappings to ransomware, authorities say “high-tech heists” are an increasing threat. Tips to avoid becoming high-tech heist victim: Experts say slow down, don’t cave in to fast-paced pressure. Be aware that government agencies wont make threats over the phone. If your computer is compromised, turn it off. Use a trusted computer repair shop, … Continue reading 4 Tips to Protect you from ‘high-tech’ Scams

Why you need to know What Scammers Do, and How

In October 2017, The Balance published a description of typical scams which explains how criminals steal people's money using money exchanges such as Western Union (and in the news right now is that victims of scams conducted via Western Union should apply for a refund of their losses).  There are many such lists, published by … Continue reading Why you need to know What Scammers Do, and How

Start Every Day Happy in 2018

It can be hard to start every day happy.  Some days we wake up anxious about the challenges we'll face, and other days we oversleep and feel like we've failed at something before we even walk out the door. I'm not a huge fan of New Year Resolutions per se, but the New Year does … Continue reading Start Every Day Happy in 2018

How I found my Mojo

It was 'all systems go'.  I had a business plan, complete with a strategic phase flow-chart, time-lined objectives, a rather long to-do list, and even a detailed work-flow manual. The latter had been pieced together, written and re-written during months of trial, error and practice.  I had the education, skills and experience, and never felt … Continue reading How I found my Mojo

Goodness Prevails amid Aussie Shitstorm

One politician's misinformed attempt to promote a confusing non-issue in Australia's Marriage Equality survey has backfired.  A prominent comedian noticed the blunder and turned Senator Bernadi's divisive tweet into a huge success for a group of Aussie kids trying to raise money to educate girls in Africa. Craigburn Primary School hoped to raise $900, but … Continue reading Goodness Prevails amid Aussie Shitstorm

Liberated Woman

"A diverse group of influential activists including fashion designer Mara Hoffman (National co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington), Carmen Perez and more… the Liberated Woman campaign is donating five dollars of every sale of this t-shirt to directly benefit women and people of color." Click the image (below) to buy at the Liberated People shop. … Continue reading Liberated Woman

An Oppressor in Activist Clothing

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell. My young adult daughter stumbled upon a Facebook post by a 'Mommy' who professes to be an Activist.  The woman describes herself on her official public figure Facebook page as: "I make videos. I rant. I speak places. I love my 10 kids and my hubby. I do it all because … Continue reading An Oppressor in Activist Clothing

Desperate for a place to call Home

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell. Rarely have I ever been so angry...  My daughter and their partner have been living rough for almost three years.  Not on the streets, but not with the security of a place to call Home either.  Basically, they have been couch-surfing; staying in the spare rooms of friends or relatives while they … Continue reading Desperate for a place to call Home

What Big Business can (and should) learn from Small Business

We all have policies and procedures, right?  Periodic targets, motivational signs in the tea-room, managers for this and that, and performance reviews... and maybe you are right now looking into new performance metrics to understand your business better.  Well, what if there are easier and less risky ways of encouraging employees to do their best for … Continue reading What Big Business can (and should) learn from Small Business

Readers, writers and industry professionals unite to fund cancer treatment.

Kerri O'Donnell

Everyone loves when rock-stars donate their time and skills to help people out, right?

Best-selling author (and generous mentor), Mark Dawson, is one such rock-star, donating all proceeds from his current novella to fund his friend’s breast cancer treatment.

All his professional team (editors, designers, formatters, etc) worked on it for free. Writers and readers around the world are also uniting to spread the word – and I’m proud to be part of such a group.

PLEASE SHARE.  #fightforphoenix 

And if you’d like a copy, click below. My Kindle pre-order was just $2.39 AUD.

Emma has been battling with cancer for five years, and funds raised will provide access to an experimental drug that is showing great promise.

More information about Emma and the novella project is at http://www.fightforphoenix.com.  

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Mom: All Attitude

I think a lot about my mother, and what an excellent role-model she is, in her humble and unassuming way. She is the epitome of resilience, taking whatever life throws at her and turning it into good – always for the greater good of others.

After the deaths of her husbands (yes, two of them), she worked so hard to make sure we never felt poor or neglected in any way. And her generosity was always extraordinary, even though we never measured anything in terms of cash or material possessions:

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Whatever little she earned throughout her life has always been used to make our lives easier in some way or another, but the thing she made sure she had and shared abundantly, was her time.  She has always had time for us.

Even now, at 70 years old, she is full-time carer of her own mother, and any days that she is relieved are spent caring for grandchildren or visiting her 99 year old former mother-in-law to ensure she has company at the nursing home.

My mother is a Good Person. The best I can be, as a person, is more like her.

Nancy Roman‘s beautiful description of her own mother reminds me of why I always choose a single scoop of icecream.

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When people talk about “Attitude.” they are usually referring to a bad one.

I know what that means. I was told often enough that I had a “Bad Attitude.” Usually by a boss because I showed a lack of tolerance for a stupid decision. But that was early in my career, and it was quite true. But I learned. I learned that I couldn’t make every decision for my company, and even decisions that I disagreed with may actually work out. And I learned that my co-workers were mostly just like me, trying to pay their bills and make it through the week. So I kept my bad attitude for big stuff – immoral or unfair behavior – both at work and in my personal life. Which meant that, overwhelmingly, my attitude was tolerant and happy. My attitude was kind.

And so I became my mother.

I cannot be more…

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You Wouldn’t Know by Looking at Me

It takes a lot of courage and patience to articulate truth when wider society is so adept at, and chronically intent upon, "criticizing, finding fault as if there were a reward for it" (Zig Ziglar). Robin was invited to share the following work with Resilience 101 because it is an eloquent and deeply personal expression of the … Continue reading You Wouldn’t Know by Looking at Me

When are all your Assignments due this term?

Kerri O'Donnell

No matter how well-intentioned your study timetable is, you are unlikely to follow it for long if it does not also include other regular activities that take up your time (such as work and sport) as well as those that make you happy and reduce stress (such as hanging out with family and friends, and your favourite hobbies).  Include them all in your timetable, so that you break up the work periods with things that calm you, clear your mind, or allow you to stay fit and healthy.

As soon as you find out the due date of each Assignment or Test, for any of your subjects, enter it into this Template Assessment Planner so you can see at a glance all your deadlines for the term.  Remember to also include any special events, such as weddings, birthdays or other occasions that are special throughout semester.

If you have more than one…

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How will you fit your Homework in this week?

Kerri O'Donnell

I’m convinced that the largest part of academic success is about being organised.  And it’s not just a matter of having a timetable – it’s about how you structure your time to take best advantage of your peak thinking times, and so on.  And it will be more helpful for the long-term if it is not just all about studying.

Use this Template Weekly Timetable to schedule regular study periods for each of your subjects – and also make time for your personal commitments and fun activities.

STEP 1:  Fill in the times that are non-negotiable.  EG times you have to go to classes, work, church and/or other regular commitments.

STEP 2:  Pencil in the times when your thinking is not at its best.  (Be serious about this part – it’s not helpful to just pencil out the whole rest of the week!)  We will return to these times later.

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Scholarships Open: ACFE Global Fraud Conference 2017

The deadline is April 12, 2017 and the number of scholarships is limited.

If you are interested, submit your application today!

Kerri O'Donnell

A limited number of student scholarships to the 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference are available.  The conference will be hosted in Nashville, TN, June 18-23.

The scholarship includes free registration to the Main Conference (June 19-21) and two ACFE polo shirts.

  • In return, scholarship recipients are required to assist ACFE staff in various areas for a minimum of five hours during the conference.
  • Every effort will be made to assure minimal conflict between volunteer sessions and the conference sessions and networking events the students wish to attend.
  • Scholarship winners are responsible for their own travel, lodging and dining expenses outside of the meals provided at the conference.

To be eligible, the student must be an ACFE student member with anti-fraud related academic and career interests and submit the following documents by April 12, 2017:

  • A statement of 400 words or less describing the way in which their…

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What should I learn about Racism?

This is one of my current projects, which I’m hosting on my personal site.
Please participate, if you wish, by including your comments at the end of the original post. Thank you. 

Kerri O'Donnell

I am writing a book about racism.

‘Why?’ you might ask.

Well, not because I have any expertise on the matter.  Not because I want to.  Not because it’s easy.  Not because it’s comfortable…  It’s none of those things.  And there are a bazillion easier ways to get a cookie, so it’s not that either.

To be clear up front, I am a a middle-aged 9th+ generation Tasmanian beige-skinned woman who grew up not even knowing there was such a thing as race.  I have not personally suffered anything on the basis of my race.  Ever.

But racism is my problem anyway.

3It is my students’ problem, my friends’ problem, my relatives’ problem, my country’s problem, my online community’s problem; and, thanks to various political influences, it is likely to get poked with a stick more and more often.  I am part of all those mini-worlds, and the greater world around them…

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