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Porous, Profound Persons

Recently, I met with two people who have impacted my life deeply. One individual I've known most of my life. The other for much less time by comparison. But both, amazing ladies in their own right, have encouraged me, challenged me to grow, and loved me for me.   Though she was officially my piano… Continue reading Porous, Profound Persons

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Peacing Perspective

I had the misfortune of being stuck in the same space as an individual who has spent no small amount of life embittered, angry, and frustrated. Complicating the situation was that person's thick concoction of paranoia mixed with thick webs of conspiracy theories and other untruths and a lack of self-awareness and responsibility. Actually, I… Continue reading Peacing Perspective

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Communicating in Community

Thank you for your responses to the previous post, Fragmented Beauty. If any of you have a story you'd like to share, please feel free to send me an e-mail, by clicking "CONTACT" at the top of the blog. Should you run into any problems there, leave a comment in this blog post, or any… Continue reading Communicating in Community

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Appreciating Beauty in the Ordinary

There isn't enough time to stop and observe what's around us. Life is go, go, go. I'm there. Really, I am. I've got to find time to work, do all the regular household stuff and car maintenance, take care of four kiddos, and write. When it's not summertime and the kiddos are in school, add… Continue reading Appreciating Beauty in the Ordinary

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Never Alone

Inexplicable sadness. Despair. Tearful. Useless. Joyless. Pained. Unmotivated. Meaningless. Hopeless. Alone. We have all felt this way at one time or another. Some of us have felt stuck in a rut, in an impasse, or just plain buried. This week, we lost Kate Spade, 55, to suicide. We also lost Anthony Bourdain, 61, to suicide.… Continue reading Never Alone

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Teeming and Teaming with Awesomeness

I talked about how we should be spending the first part of our transformation growing, listening, and learning in Part 1 of this series: Who We Were Meant to Be. Then, I explained pursuing what is good in the final stage of our metamorphosis in Part 2: Being True and Good to Ourselves. I was… Continue reading Teeming and Teaming with Awesomeness

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Who We’re Meant to Be

We spend our lives rushing through the mundane and cumbersome, trying to get to the “good” stuff. But what if we're only shortchanging ourselves by taking shortcuts where none should be taken? Athletes train and work hard to do well. Likewise musicians must practice diligently and consistently to play well. Cutting corners prevents people from… Continue reading Who We’re Meant to Be