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Music Monday: The Space Between

I facilitate an exercise with groups where I ask everyone to write down a quote from a book, movie, play, or song that had a profound impact on them personally. We use the quotes throughout the day in a variety of ways. So far, I’ve not met anyone who didn’t have one. Mine is easy to recall because when I …

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Music Monday: Listen to the Music

You know you’re getting older when there are tribute bands everywhere representing the ones you most loved in high school and college. One of my favorite bands was The Doobie Brothers, and I was reminded of a song today that was perfect for my Music Monday message (always the first Monday of every month). I’m asking for forgiveness in advance …

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Through Another Man’s Eyes

It has become a tradition during the weeks we spend at Tom’s summer cabin in the Sierras each year to attend the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. They host a Shakespearean comedy every July in a gorgeous venue under the trees and the stars on one of the beaches of Lake Tahoe. On the docket this year was As You Like …

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Music Monday: Catching Your Breath

The month of June signals warmer weather, school vacations, graduations, and lots and lots of birthdays … at least in our family. The biggest reason we love June is it typically signals “Cabin Season” for the Belt family, and next week Tom and I will make the 2-day, 10-hour trek from Southern California to Echo Lakes (just south of Lake …

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Music Monday: Imperfect Choices

Nothing in life is perfect. Not our children. Not our jobs. Not even our “perfect moments.” At 50 years old, I found myself single and searching for something more in life. Something perfect. And, 8 years ago, I met him. 5 years ago, I became engaged to him. And, 3 years ago on May 24th, I married him. But, it’s …

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Music Monday: Coming Home

If everything is energy and just living life is an ongoing energy exchange, even a country pulses with a unique energy all its own. Each of us likely interprets that energy differently but for me the English and Irish countryside dotted with its little, ancient villages, filled to the brim with its friendly, charming people and of course it’s lilting …

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Crazy Lucky

Top o’ the morning to ya on this second Monday in March. March is generally the month when we start to awaken from winter and welcome in Spring (at least on the West Coast!) We also get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was a 5th century Irish bishop and is considered the patron saint of Ireland. He frequently …

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Music Monday: Floating Your Cork

Last week we got a great response to my Stretch about the ripple effect of what we do. In it, I referenced an analogy about The Flow (the river) and the muddy banks on the sides. Many people asked if I would re-run the story to help them fill in the blanks so… Here it is: The Lioness Principle, which …

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Everything is Energy!

The only thing I like better than tasting excellent red wines at a quaint little boutique winery on a Saturday afternoon with good friends is having them poured for me and explained to me by the adorable, passionate, young Argentinean winemaker himself, Anthony Doffo. (https://www.doffowines.com/) Forever diligent and alert for Monday Morning Stretch material, Anthony reminded me of something that …

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Day After Christmas

Merry Christmas!  My sincere hope is that not one of you is actually reading this on Christmas day but maybe a few will see it on the day after Christmas or in the days that follow. Which brings me to the most perfect message and song for today… Day After Christmas by Matthew West. And I’ll keep my message short …