Give the dog a bone; cut the dude some slack

Give the dog a bone*

Yield the right of way

Cut the dude some slack

Turn gently away (or toward)


Give crazy stuff a break

Speak up in support

Make the referral

Contribute:  your time, the funds


Say hello (whether or not they speak back)

Acknowledge the effortSay-Hello1

Pay a compliment

Say thanks


Notice what you take for granted

(that) each and every day

we depend on each other in thousands of ways – minute and huge

we do not exist alone


Love….be love

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*The phrase “give the dog a bone” is from the old English children’s song, “This Old Man”. The  first verse of the version I learned as a child goes:

This old man, he played one,

He played knick-knack on my thumb;

With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

And so on…

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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