The Gifts of Pause

Tis the season to be jolly but the ho, ho, ho’s seems to be hiding. Today there is more holy cow than ho, ho, ho! To many of us, it feels as if we are waiting for the other shoe to drop and we are doing it while holding our breath. We haven’t had a…

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Keeping It Real

At age seventy-five, every moment spent with my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is a holy moment, not to be squandered.  The other day, while going to the store, my granddaughter was on her cell phone texting. I said, “Sweetie you are important to me and every moment we have together now is precious. Do…

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You Break It, You Own it!

Someone once said. “The face of the devil is our own.” That is true in this moment. We have tolerated bigotry, dishonesty, racism and prejudice and now it has come home to roost. We are responsible! So how shall we respond to what we have created?  First, we have to move out of our heads,…

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Alive in the Midst of Dying

I am a writer. I am not a great writer, but a writer all the same. An authentic writer, writes about what is true for him or her and the truth for me is that I am dying.  I knew the time would come when I would write about this journey and since I have some…

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The “R” Word

What’s the world coming to?  It seems no one is willing to take personal responsibility for any decisions about anything, especially in Washington. However, that’s not the only place. We see this in families when couples blame each other, when kids argue and blame each other and in business when medicines, toys, cars or any…

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Be Extraordinary

Granted, I have not lived in every era, however, from this uppity woman’s perspective this is indeed a difficult time. Our values have been usurped by our greed. Our virtues have been overcome by our need and we are at a loss about who we can trust. According to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today…

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Don’t Worry, Get Happy!

Kermit the Frog says, “It’s not easy being green. Well today, it’s not easy staying positive and happy. There is an atmosphere of uncertainty which has a core of deception and dishonesty that fills your lungs with toxic fear-unless you are in denial. I don’t know if you have noticed but even going the speed…

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Tricky Truth or Compassionate Speak

Truth is tricky! We know that truth without compassion is brutality. Truth without compassion is another form of violence. It’s a lot of  yakkity yak and when it’s said without compassion it is normally filled with assumptions and judgment. Today, that kind of  “truth”  is rampant. It fills our newspapers, magazines and TV and is…

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Another Master Teacher

My sister died on the 9th of February. Ours was an odd relationship. For years, she had been a member of a religion that prohibited her from being with people, including her family, who were not in her organization. Recently, she had begun to question those beliefs and we had several lunches of her cautiously…

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