Creative Writing: Finally!

Creative Writing:  Finally! “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”  ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  I guess it was inevitable that my first attempt at fiction would be based in reality.  My dad was a newspaper reporter and editor.  What […]

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Matters of Life and Death

Photo courtesy of Alcosphotos Matters of Life and Death “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the […]

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What Inspires Me?

Photo:  https://quotefancy.com/quote/958963/Mary-Oliver-The-sea-is-the-most-beautiful-face-in-our-universe What Inspires Me? “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver During this month of February, I am participating in a 28-Day Journaling Challenge.  Kudos to Stacy and Victoria for leading this wonderful experience!  Each morning, they send out the journaling topic for […]

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How SHOULD a Leader Behave?

Photo:  https://www.officevibe.com/blog/different-leadership-styles How SHOULD a Leader Behave? Leadership is not domination, but the art of persuading people to work toward a common goal.” ― Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence In 1977, when I was a graduate student at The University of Georgia, Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States.  I have vivid memories of the celebrations […]

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Let’s Dance!

Let’s Dance! Photo:  http://www.ephesustoursguide.com/must-see-places-in-turkey/whirling-dervish-monastery-shrine-of-rumi.html ‘The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,   move with it, and join the dance.’ –Alan Watts I’ve been thinking about dance a lot lately.  I think my contemplation began when I stumbled across an old and iconic YouTube video of Joe Cocker and Jim Belushi dancing […]

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Harbinger of Hope

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” –Robert Fulghum The rustling coming from the corner of her bedroom was subtle but it woke Linda […]

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A Bagel and…

A Bagel and… “Smell the roses.  Smell the coffee.  Whatever it is that makes you happy.” –Rita Moreno Before I retired I rarely had time to enjoy a leisurely morning at a local coffee shop.  Instead, I would stop at a Starbucks on my way to a morning consulting assignment or a university faculty meeting, […]

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Life with Spirit

Photo courtesy of Erica Lynn Imagur.com  “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” –Gilda Radner “It’s love-time, Spirit”!  I had finished putting away the left-overs from dinner and cleaning up the dishes.  The rhythmic sound of the dishwasher signaled that […]

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7 Ways of Thinking that Must Change

Photo Courtesy of Alcosphoto 7 Ways of Thinking That Must Change “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” — Albert Einstein, 1954 Lately, I’ve been both sad and angry with current thinking which seems to normalize viewpoints that, at least to my mind, are immoral, unethical, and even […]

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Clinging to Stuff

Photo from aspiremag.net Clinging to Stuff “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh For years, my late husband, Chris, and I tried to sell our townhouse.  From […]

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