Tell Me Something Good!

Here’s a new challenge that I really like a LOT!

Something good:  The township is putting curbing in on our road, and providing connections to city water if we like.  We don’t like.  Our well works perfectly. And I could live without the curbs, but that’s not what this is about.

The guys doing the work have been extremely careful, kind, considerate, and helpful.

We had a huge old DEAD tree beside our driveway that would be in the way of the work, so the took it down.  They even removed the stump and the roots. That job would have cost us somewhere between $100-$200. Because the Township did it, it was free.

The first week,  with their equipment blocking the road and our driveway, Terry went out to let the foreman know I would need to leave for work in about an hour.  No problem.  You just let us know, and we’ll make a way.

And they did.  Three days in a row, they checked with me about the time I would need to leave and then cleared out stuff so I could leave.

My neighbor also told me I was welcome to cut across and use his driveway, too, if necessary.

Everyone involved has been professional, polite, and friendly. And noisy, but that’s okay. They usually stop around 3 p.m.Image result for road work in a suburban neighborhood

Thanks to the workers in Quakertown, PA!  You’re doing a great job 🙂

Tell Me Something Good!


Honesty Doesn’t Have to be Brutal

Handle With Care

How are you at receiving criticism? Do you prefer that others treat you with kid gloves, or go for brutal honesty?


(Today’s prompt,, is essentially the same prompt as we had on Sept. 24, 2014.  Here is the way I responded then; nothing has changed )

I got plenty of the brutal honesty thing growing up, so no, it doesn’t appeal to me very much.  But, as I said in my title, honesty doesn’t have to be brutal.  If criticism comes from someone I know cares about me; if it is given in a spirit of concern and kindness, then I’m fine with it.  Some of the best advice I’ve ever received has been given in the form of loving, caring criticism.

It’s never easy to hear criticism.  Most of us, I think, would like to believe that we don’t deserve it 🙂  What I’ve learned, over the years, is to toss out the snarky kind and treasure that which is meant to help and encourage. I’ve grown a thicker skin, learned to sort out the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve also developed pretty good radar.  I usually know the difference between well-intentioned and just mean.

And that’s all good, because in my work I am often called upon to say things my clients don’t always want to hear.  Years ago, someone told me, “Linda, you can say almost anything you need to say and it will be accepted if you say it with a genuine smile.  If people know you care, you can tell the truth.”  He said this to me after putting me in a place of leadership that would indeed require me to deal with difficult situations now and then.  It was an excellent piece of advice, and one I’ve tried to follow through the years.

Honesty doesn’t have to be brutal.