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Holly Pasut Speaks at 2017 Toastmasters Event in Charlotte

The night before I spoke at a Toastmasters event, I came down with a stomach virus. Spending most of the night and following day in a room I’d rather not mention.  With three hours of sleep, one can of chicken noodle soup and one piece of gluten free toast, I arrived to share my story …

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Sharing Something Other Than A Selfie

Sharing something of value is a gift our society has forgotten.  We share for money or tweets.  People are on “speed dial” when it comes to publicly sharing their selfies, new haircuts or their new promotions. Do we share because we really care? Or do we share because we get something in return? As I …

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Fired For No Reason or Discriminated?

Fired for no reason: Discriminated based on personality.  Whether you can be fired for no reason, when you did nothing wrong, depends on your employment status and specifically on whether you are an at-will employee. In most of the United States, employees are generally considered “at will” employees. At-will means that you or your employer …

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Orange is the New Dress!

From a successful real estate broker to a convicted felon, I now speak about the lessons learned in prison. Orange was the new dress; I wore to speak at Real Estate Success Rocks, convention in Charleston, SC. An engaging audience of 400 real estate brokers/owners from all over the country, made me feel welcomed beyond my …

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Freedom Speaker asks…”Should I limit my news intake”?

Have you ever gone on a news fast?  I picked a card from “Table Topics”, yesterday and it has me thinking.  “Limit your news intake”. I tune into the news frequently, however, I seldom feel more educated or insightful…more like “played”.  Actually I feel worse.  Worse about the presidential candidates we have to choose from to be our next Commander …

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Mailed with a kiss

Mail is not what it used to be.  Walking to the mailbox is becoming extinct.  The option to go paperless has become quite popular, (when I think of paperless, why do I think of topless)? Opening the power bill, late fee notices, or my favorite, “air-duct cleaning” coupons, hardly warrant a desire to rush to the mailbox. Receiving …

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Sometimes the answer is “I don’t know”

Occasionally I’m asked, “Holly why do you do write this stuff”?  My answer is usually the same…”I really don’t know”.  So lately, I have been giving thought to the question. After giving thought, (and it wasn’t a passing thought, I really thought about it), my answer is still the same….”I really don’t know”. It’s my …

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The Gift of Laughter

  As I write this post this morning, I can’t help but laugh to myself.  (or at myself)  My oldest son is probably one of the funniest people I know.  It’s hard not to smile or laugh when he is around. Occasionally he is quiet, and when he is, I tend to have a concern. On June …

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The Last Supper at the Ritz!

Last night I was escorted to an intimate private dining room at the Ritz-Carlton.  It was nothing compared to where I choked on meals only a year ago, Alderson Federal Prison Camp.  This skilled group of 10 adults were invited to discuss the idea of “making meaning”. The setting was “executive-elegant”.  The acoustics were accordingly designed to minimize echoes which eliminated …

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