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Born at DePaul University, the band "Chicago" holds the secret to finding our “hook”

Before I wrote this guest blog for Ron Culp, Graduate Professional Program Director of Public Relations and Advertising at DePaul University, for his culpwrit.com site, I had no idea that the band Chicago was born at DePaul and holds the secret to finding our “hook.” _________________________________________________________________________ Contact me at james@jameswarda.com and learn more at jameswarda.com. Comments... Read more »

Do you wanna build a snowman?: How to take the pandemic blues and "let them go"

Do you wanna build a snowman?: How to take the pandemic blues and "let them go"
Do you wanna build a snowman? Here, halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, or as I like to call it, the “Arctic Circle,” winter has come hard. At first, it teased. Hardly any snow, wind or finger-freezing temperatures. Until now. Which is when the “dog days of winter,” as I like to call them, will spin... Read more »

"Be safe" − what we're really saying when we say this

"Be safe" − what we're really saying when we say this
I say and hear it often. I’m guessing you do, too. But, sometimes, because it’s usually said quickly and has become almost cliché by now, we can miss it if we’re not paying attention. “Be safe.” When I’m at the store, drive-thru window at a fast-food restaurant, or picking something up at the library, I’ll... Read more »
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"Dear America," a song for all of us on Election Day and beyond

"Dear America," a song for all of us on Election Day and beyond
I’ve been watching our country hurting for so many reasons, and it hurt me to see it. And, somehow, I started seeing the United States as an old friend in pain. Someone I hadn’t talked to in a while. Someone who needed someone. Which is when I wrote the song, Dear America,. It’s for our... Read more »

Hitting "the wall" of COVID-19 (and what to do about it)

Hitting "the wall" of COVID-19 (and what to do about it)
I hit the COVID wall. I’m a runner. Kind of. And I run long distances. Sometimes. When running a long-distance race, you’ll typically hit “the wall.” What’s the wall? It’s that place where you just don’t feel like you can go on. When you’ve used up every ohm of energy. When the hills seem steeper and... Read more »

"Field of Dreams" speech helps us through pandemic's "dog days"

"Field of Dreams" speech helps us through pandemic's "dog days"
To use a baseball analogy, it sure feels like we’re in the “dog days” of this pandemic, doesn’t it? The “dog days,” of course, refer to the hottest, longest days of summer. Now, of course, summer is over, but the analogy still feels right to me. When I’m in those “dog days” of a baseball... Read more »
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Learning More about Letting Go

Learning More about Letting Go
We dropped our youngest off at college this past weekend. While there, I went out for a run, pausing at the end, near the bottom of the main hill in the campus. Already emotionally drained from the months-long process of saying goodbye to our daughter (knowing it also meant the empty nest awaited us back... Read more »

Stephen Kings new novella "elevates" us up and out of today's reality

Stephen Kings new novella "elevates" us up and out of today's reality
One thing that’s helped me during the pandemic is reading. To say I’m a voracious reader is like saying SpongeBob likes Krabby Patties. One of my favorite writers is Stephen King (ever heard of him?). I’ve been reading him for a long time (don’t worry, I won’t say I’m his biggest fan) and he actually... Read more »

With remote work, absence sometimes makes the heart grow lonelier

With remote work, absence sometimes makes the heart grow lonelier
They call it “remote work” but if you look up “remote” in the dictionary, here’s what you’ll generally find: remote [ ri-moht ] – far apart; – distant in location; – distant in time; – distant in relationship or connection; Why is this important? Because this is the way most of us are working right... Read more »
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Times are tough but we're tougher

Times are tough but we're tougher
You’ve got this. Look I get it. We’ve all been through a lot. And it’s not over yet obviously. After all, as we’re beginning to think about summer fading into Fall, we’re hearing about surging cases and schools deciding on more virtual learning and people already planning a new disclaimer for the Thanksgiving table conversation... Read more »