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Thoughts on Thankfulness

I went swimming yesterday.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I mentally whined that the temperature of the water was too cold.  So self-absorbed in my own world of complaint, I failed to notice the chair next to me.  I plunged in and began my laps.  Swimming has a way of either causing you to […]

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A Tale of Fish, Diversity, and Love.

There is a lot of toxic energy vibrating in the air.  It is toxic because it fed by hatred, fear, chaos, lack of knowledge, and other emotions that encourage our darkest demons.  We all have them.  We are angry.  Frightened and uncertain.  And sadly, there are professionals that know exactly how to feed them.  What […]

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Happy, Happier, Happiest

Happiness. One very powerful word. Just saying it evokes an emotion – though it might not be happy. In 2006, Will Smith (read: a great actor) starred in the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness.” It is based on a true story about a homeless salesman – Chris Gardner, his 5-year old son and how through […]

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Skunks, Drama, and Volunteerism

As a student of life, I am perpetually observing people, situations, and things around me for lesson material. If you look for the patterns and connect the dots, there is always something to learn. Take for example, a comically weird situation that happened yesterday morning. I was heading to an appointment when traffic began to […]

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My Gym Tribe

It’s one of the great mysteries I have yet to unravel. I go to the pool or gym about five times a week (er…plus or minus). Okay, before you start thinking I’m some saint, insane fitness nut, or someone you can’t relate to – hold on! At my age – I work out for a […]

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Big Magic, Curiosity, and a bit of Socrates

I belong to a women’s wellness book club where we read for self-improvement. The first benefit of being part of this group is community. It provides a social, intellectual, and emotional connection that all humans need and desire. Belonging means you are part of something and accepted. The average age of our group is 60. […]

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Fashionable Anger

If there’s one thing most of us can agree on, it is that we are witnessing a lot of anger and/or are angry ourselves.  In fact, many of us believe we are angrier than ever before.  Yet our anger is nothing new.  We have been speaking about our increased anger for some time.  Even during […]

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A Visitor From Planet Oblivion

As much as we sometimes want to move to an island to be alone – that aloneness would ultimately transform to loneliness.  Our humanness to connect with others runs deep. Whether we like it or not, we need each other and to coexist as community. Which brings me to a recent experience of encountering a […]

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Diving with Fear

  Fear is an incredible force. It warns us of danger and is a hardwired gift that can literally save our lives. Yet too much of it can alter the course of our lives, depriving us of our full potential and greater richness of experience. When we ruminate in that state of indecision, we create […]

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What is Your Ripple Effect?

Humans need a purpose and belief that our lives matter.  Your Ripple Effect is your invisible legacy. It is how you touch lives in ways you’ll never know.  A kind word, a glance, a smile, or simply a brief touch.  These tiny gestures have the power to change someone’s day, feelings about themselves, or how […]

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