Crankiness · October 19, 2020
Chances are that all of us have had this one particularly painful experience: A chemical reaction in the head goes off as you hear yourself mouthing two sentences, connected to each other, and that goes like this: "It drives me crazy when....." and "I cannot understand how..." You never want to have to say these two sentences back to back because it can mean only one thing. You are having an uncontrollable CrankaTsuris. Smoke is coming out of your ears. Your blood pressure is through the roof....
Kid Stuff · October 06, 2020
Crankiness · September 27, 2020
I want to share something a friend recently posted on social media the following question, with her own answer: "Instead of using the word mistake, what else can we call it? A lesson? A funny story? A chapter in a book? An opportunity to practice solving skills? The important thing is to figure out how it is a gift. Because if you view it as a gift, it will become one." Now, I am completely on board with this. Then, I read all the responses people wrote in: "An experience which is one of many...
Empowerment · August 29, 2020
Many years ago, when my daughter was growing up, we were lucky to have this amazing dog. His name was Albus Dumbledog. He must have come from another world because what made him so special was that he was a talking dog. Yes. I owned a talking dog. We had some amazing conversations. I got to learn so much about dogs. He was also an amazing listener. I would come home from a bad day at work and tell him about all of my problems. When I asked him if it was okay to tell him all my complaints of the...
Crankiness · August 20, 2020
This is a story I like to share with you that can really be helpful with the effective management of your CrankaTsuris. I was set to meet with the big boss. I never met the big boss before so I was rather nervous. People in the organization were also nervous about me meeting with the big boss. Because they were even more nervous than I was, the organization set up a meeting between Big Tony and myself. Big Tony sat me down, and the discussion went like this: Big Tony: Now, when you meet the Big...
Crankiness · August 15, 2020
Once upon a time, there lived a man named Shmulie Shmendrick. Shmulie Shmendrick was a special man because he owned the one ointment factory in the entire town. Shmulie Shmendrick had an ointment for everything. If you had a rash, he had an ointment for that. If you had sore muscles, he had an ointment for that. If you had a chest cold, it was not a problem. He had an ointment for that as well. Because he had an ointment for every possible condition, Shmulie Shmendrick was the most beloved man...
Crankiness · August 09, 2020
I have been very fortunate to have run close to fifty marathons over the past twenty years. Since people know that I am a marathon runner, there are two questions that I always get. I understand the first question. I do not understand the follow-up one. The first question that I get asked is "How many miles do you run every week?" The answer is typically fifty miles. Then, there is the next question; "How are your knees?" Thankfully, my knees are just fine. What I do not understand about this...
Empowerment · August 02, 2020
Anyone who has worked in an office setting may have likely had been a part of this particular situation: Everyone is gathered in the big board room. At the head of the table is the President, Vice President, or whomever the company anointed as the decision maker of the day. Detailed presentations are made. Arguments for different options on the proper course of action are put forward. Finally, when this part of the meeting is completed, everyone looks to the front of room with breathless...
Empowerment · July 30, 2020
Join me on this podcast discussing how the Last Surviving Dinosaur was created, and my next venture coming out in the Fall: A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method.
Crankiness · July 25, 2020
The true definition of a "CrankaTsuris" is the voicing of every single grievance you may have had from the very moment you came out of your mother's womb. It includes not only the unresolved grievances which may trouble you at that very moment, but since you are on a roll, you throw in all the grievances that you no longer have, the ones that have been completely resolved, those you may have even forgot about, and of course, the ones you didn't even know existed. The other interesting thing...

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