I didn't quit - just moved
Posting Date: 02/05/2014
Some wonderful person made my day. She informed me that she missed my Writers Corner column and was “sorry, you quit writing for Mesquite Citizen Journal”. I didn’t quit writing and I certainly didn’t leave MCJ. I simply reduced my schedule. My column is published every other week under the heading Front Porch Sittin’ and I would be honored if you would follow me there.
Just go to the left menu column and you'll find the Front Porch Sittin' section.
Betty Freeman Haines
‘Good Enough’ for me
Posting Date: 12/30/2013
This is the time of year when many folks are pondering grandiose resolutions for improving themselves and becoming more perfect in the year ahead. This is nothing new. For as long as I can remember, folks have been having front porch arguments about the merits of perfection as opposed to ‘good enough’ and whether being good enough is a worthy goal or if each of us should strive for perfection. [Read more]
Who earned that right?
Posting Date: 12/18/2013
Folks often share with me internet items about incidents they find interesting or uplifting and suggest that they may be used in one of my columns. Because there are so many urban legends floating around in cyberspace and because I won’t use material unless/until I verify the source and have proof that the facts are correct, I usually opt not to use these items. However, an item that I recently received was different. Therefore, I’m breaking my rule and using it even though I haven’t fully verified the facts. [Read more]
Posting Date: 12/16/2013
Ben Stein, lawyer, author, political speech writer, TV personality and 100 percent Jewish, revealed on a Sunday morning TV show that he enjoys seeing beautifully lit up, bejeweled trees on display and it doesn’t bother him one bit when he hears them called Christmas Trees. He says, “That is what they are.” [Read more]
Who Killed Customer Satisfaction?
Posting Date: 04/22/2013
Recently a client approached me about the possibility of updating and refreshing some of my customer satisfaction curriculum. I considered the project for about five minutes before rejecting it. I rejected it because I believe that customer satisfaction has been rendered useless by customer service professionals who talk the talk and fail to walk the walk. [Read more]
Happiness Is A Choice
Posting Date: 04/08/2013
Sometimes I become weary of hearing folks lament about their unhappy life. I hear folks complain about everything from being pain wracked and emotionally wrecked to being stuck in a dull, boring, tedious and unfair life. [Read more]
Lesson From A Stranger
Posting Date: 03/25/2013
I owe a debt of gratitude and a big thank you to the unknown person who was talking loudly in Wal-Mart last week. This person was talking to someone about the recent shooting of MPD’s Officer Empey. The remark that really caught me attention was: “I don’t understand why people make a big deal of this shooting. It was just a flesh wound. Besides, it’s his job.” [Read more]