Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 523 A Real Nail Biter Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 523

I’ve never been one to binge watch any TV shows, but this past week was an exception to the rule. Laurel and I had been watching a series called Fauda on Netflix but dropped off after the first season. Years passed and the buzz surrounding season 4 was everywhere. Last week, season four came out, and somehow, I got hooked again. I wanted to only watch one episode and leave the next one for another night. But this intense thriller...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 522 Don’t Worry, Be Happy Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 522

That well known cliché was made famous in 1988 by Bobby McFerrin, when the renowned singer released the song on his fourth album, Simple Pleasures. It was sung a cappella, with all sounds including whistling mastered and woven by McFerrin alone. Another chartbuster, Happy, by Pharell Williams, was released in 2013, from the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2. Both of these upbeat and uplifting tunes are truly unforgettable and actually help one feel “happy.” I recently watched an interview with...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 521 Create Something You Never Imagined Possible Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 521

Over the years I have collected many of my favorite quotes, which I have compiled and saved into a special file. Although I recommend we all create our own unique quotes, today I would like to share some of the best and meaningful quotes I have selected of famous musicians. Here we go: “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” John Lennon “I’ve had great success being a total idiot.” – Jerry Lewis “Without deviation from the norm,...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 520 Resolutions, again… Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 520

Here we are on January 4, excited as the time when people who made New Year’s resolutions have either begun in earnest or have already had a misstep on one or more of their intended plans. In surfing the web for the most commonly made resolutions, I found some fascinating studies. According to Statista Global Consumer Survey, the top resolutions, ones we typically hear about, include exercise more, eat healthier, lose weight, and quitting smoking. These also fit nicely into...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 519 What is Your Thinking Backwards Checklist? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 519

Steve Jobs said, “you can only connect the dots looking backwards.” I believe that year-end is the perfect time to connect these dots by reflecting on your accomplishments and analyzing them thinking backwards. As you review the checklist I prepared below, I suggest, for each of the items, you reflect, and identify: Where are you today? What steps (going backwards) have you taken this year to get here? What actions will you take in the upcoming year to expand and...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 518 Let’s get Lit! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 518

(Written by guest writer, my wife, Cantor Laurel Barr) I’m never in a very good mood when the clocks change to accommodate Daylight Savings Time. Darkness descends so early, and especially now during December, winter skies and freezing temperatures only exasperate the gloomy feeling for me. Chanukah, the 8-day holiday of miracles which included the military victory of the tiny Jewish Maccabee army that overcame the aggression of the overwhelming Greek and Syrian armies in the 2nd century BCE, always...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 517 You Are Never Too Old to Become Younger! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 517

Just six weeks ago we dropped off our dog, Juno, at the breeder’s home to adjust to her new surroundings with them a couple of days prior to delivering her puppies. It wasn’t without trepidation that we entered into this agreement 18 months ago with Deer Pines Labradoodles, for Juno to become one of their dams and eventually give birth to a litter of pups. Even with the best preparation, we couldn’t have known the excitement and wonder that would...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 516 What Amazing Words Describe Your Products and Services? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 516

I was and still am a student of the late Steve Jobs. One of the things I admired the most is his use of powerful words and adjectives to describe the products and services of Apple. I believe that when we use such powerful words in our content and marketing efforts, it adds color and spark while help our expressions pop and stimulate and inspire our audience. These words help paint a powerful picture and even move them to take...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 515 Turning Good Writing into Great Writing Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 515

This is the season when retail businesses are ramping up their creativity to lure customers to their websites or brick-and-mortar buildings. While it’s unnecessary to reinvent the wheel, it is necessary to continue to improve and elevate your writing, your social media and blog posts to attract clients and keep them coming back again and again. What qualities turn good writing into great writing and make you stand out in the crowd? Here are some of those traits: StorytellingThey bring...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 514 With Gratitude Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 514

Gratitudenoun    the state of being grateful: THANKFULNESS This is the definition of gratitude according to Merriam-Webster. Simple, straightforward and easy to comprehend. THANKFULNESS It seems like an easy concept to grasp and yet so often, when challenges arise, anger momentarily blinds us and thwarts our capacity to appreciate the beauty and the gifts around us. This past week especially, leading up to Thanksgiving, there have been an array of memes and sayings having to do with gratitude floating around on...

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