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Foolish Tricks

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I began playing innocuous little jokes on my two boys when they were very young on April Fool’s Day. I soon regretted it. I quickly discovered their naughty little minds fell in love almost instantly with the notion of planning and implementing mischievous pranks on all of the adult members of our …

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Oh, hey… Remember Me?

My son, Austin, is doing well after a decade of struggles. During those hard years, he would go “dark,” meaning I would not hear from him for weeks on end— a mother’s nightmare. Thankfully, as he has healed and found success in life, that has gotten a lot better. And yet, no matter how often he picks up the phone …

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The View from the Balcony

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and instead of enjoying the beginning of our weekend together, we were in the middle of a heated, spiraling argument with all that goes with it: raised voices, angry looks, accusations and defensiveness, finger pointing, blaming, ultimatums, and failing attempts to make the other person believe that our viewpoint was the right one. It …

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Living Our Best Life

You’ve heard the saying, “Health is wealth.” No money in the world can help or heal us if we do not have our health. Life is not worth much if we do not possess a sound mind and body, regardless of how big our bank account is. Steve Adams found this out the hard way, and, fortunately, he did something …

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Finding Your Ikigai

At the start of the new year, I decided my morning routine needed an update. So, I created a small space in the corner of our bedroom that the British call a “snug.”  A snug is a small, cozy space where you can relax. I turned my comfy chair around to face the sliding glass door to the view outside. …

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Merry Rest of the Year

Well, it’s over—the shopping, the wrapping, the decorating, the singing of carols, the baking, the cooking, the driving in traffic to get where you’re going. Okay, I’ll admit it. I love it when it’s here, but I’m happy to put it all back in the box again when the new year arrives. But, there is one thing about the holidays …

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The Daily List

We just had the most wonderful Thanksgiving I can remember. All the people I love the most were gathered around my table, celebrating the things for which we are so grateful and blessed. I am hyper aware lately that things will change at some point in my future and that there will be a Thanksgiving when some of those faces …

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Seriously?

Someone paid me a very nice compliment last week about the weekly inspiration delivered in the Monday Morning Stretch, and, while much appreciated, he said something embedded within the compliment which I found very interesting. He commented that I must see powerful meaning in everything I do and observe, and he intimated that I must live a very deep, serious, …

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Crisis Point

I received a call last week from a client who was in, as he described it, a “crisis.” The sudden and unexpected resignation of two key players on his team within two days of one another had been quickly followed by a near “mutiny” of the remainder of his team as he leaned on them to pick up the slack. …

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The Evil Eye

As I write this week’s MMS, I’m stretched out in a luxurious business class seat on a flight to Athens, Greece. It’s the trip of a lifetime for us and Tom’s oldest granddaughter, Abigail, and fulfills a promise made to our 8 (soon to be 9) grand delights (otherwise known as grandchildren) that when they turn 16, we will take …