23 Jul

PokemonNO

I was on board with the lure of the latest craze, the Pokemon GO app…for about an hour.  I first heard about this phenomenon on Monday, then again a few hours later, and then a few hours after that.  It seemed to be all anyone was talking about. Then I heard what a great opportunity it was for kids to…..

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17 May

beyourself

I was standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for the conveyor belt full of groceries to open up enough space to begin unloading my cart, when a flash of moving color caught my eye. Looking down, I saw a young girl, three or four years old. She was wearing what looked to be a recital costume with a red-sequined bodice and a full tulle skirt with…..

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04 May

humility

I was raised by my paternal grandparents, who accepted responsibility for my care when I was an infant and they were both 50-ish. As a result, I spent a great deal of time with people who had experienced much in life and who shared their wisdom with me. One of my grandfather’s best pieces of advice was, “If you’re good,…..

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08 Apr

images

From the moment a baby squeezes its way through the birth canal and is thrust into the great wide open world, it screams in shock and despair desperately wanting to climb back into the safe cocoon of its mother’s womb.  Those observing – the doctors, nurses, loved ones, and especially the mother, herself – are joyful as the baby screams. The baby is alone in its despair. Whatever…..

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Why Resolutions Fail
26 Dec

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Change takes time.

Somewhere between 30% and 50% of adult Americans are busy considering this year’s New Year’s resolutions. Dissatisfied with their lives, they weigh and measure (often literally!) various aspects of who they are, how they look, and what they have. With firm determination to do things differently, they make lists and then sit back and wait as the final days of 2015 tick away. Sometimes there…..

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16 Dec

Please check out Podcast 130: UNgone on Finding Our Hunger with Kaila Prins. I had the pleasure of spending an hour with Kaila discussing my book, recovery, discovery, honoring our individual journeys, and why you can’t start with a quadruple pirouette!  Listen in, then do yourself a BIG favor and spend time looking through the other 129 podcasts Kaila has posted to-date.  She’s amazing and generous and she deserves your support!

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11 Dec

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  I love the art of putting words together in a distinct and meaningful way.  This drives my passion for reading more than a good plot. I am most fulfilled when I read something and think to myself, “Wow. I wish I wrote that. I wish I had put those words together in exactly that way.” I experience clarity and a…..

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09 Aug

In my grandma’s home where I grew up was a framed, needlepoint  canvas of the Serenity Prayer…God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..hanging prominently above the sofa in our living room.  It was as invisible to me as the air I breathed, taking its constant presence for granted, oblivious to its significance. Not so for my grandma. The artwork was…..

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