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When Emotions Highjack Our Logic

Disclaimer:  My husband is a saint. While I did ask Tom’s permission to recount the following story to all of you… if you ever meet him, please thank him for his willingness to submit himself frequently to my weekly messages and for contributing greatly to our continued mutual and communal learning. Some weeks, it just has to be hard to …

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Non-Negotiables

Many of you probably already know that I’m a country girl at heart. Hence, I live in a beautiful home just off the main highway on a dirt road which makes owning a black vehicle of any kind completely out of the question.   When we shopped recently for my first new car in 11 years, I had one “non-negotiable.” …

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Thoughts for a New Year

Undoubtedly, the year of 2021 brought many changes to your life both professionally and personally. You can be sure that 2022 will be no different. What you currently have, do, feel, and understand will change in the next 12 months in some way. Some things you are anticipating, for which you are hoping or dreading, will never happen; some things …

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Music Monday: The Song Within the Silence

Sometimes, when I take a walk with my dog, Sierra, I can tell that she stops to listen to sounds when I hear only silence. Occasionally, at a crowded, noisy event in the midst of competing stories, laughter, voices, serving dishes, and music, I can hear my own internal voice saying something kind, admonishing, or even sarcastic (and I’m often …

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The “Perfect” Hat

When my youngest son, Austin, was eight years old, he brought home a Christmas present, handmade at school especially for me. As we sat down together to open it, I noticed he lacked his usual excited grin and anticipatory squirm as I began unwrapping the gift. Instead, he looked slightly forlorn and a little sad. As the custom wrapping job, …

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Christmas Spirit

It’s Christmastime and, like everyone, we’ve been feeling all “the feels.” We’ve decorated our tree, hung our stockings, wrapped sweet little gifts for the ones we love, purchased the ingredients for our holiday baking, and made plans for a trip to spend Christmas Eve and Day with our children and grandchildren. Through it all, we’ve been humming our best Christmas …

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The Destination of a Conversation

One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is to jump in the car with Tom and head out to explore an area without any particular destination in mind. I love stumbling upon quaint little towns with their specialty shops, unique restaurants, hidden history, and interesting conversations with proprietors or patrons. I instantly relax into the freedom of wandering …

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The Code of the West

By now, most of you know that I am a proud native Texan which means I have a strong affinity for anything to do with cowboys—art, history, ranching, rodeos, music, poetry, jewelry, and just Western culture in general.  Because of this, I’ve known about the Code of the West for a long time but was recently reminded of it by …

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Build It and They Will Come

One of the most famous movie lines in history is “Build it, and they will come” from the movie, Field of Dreams. The actual line is “Build it and he will come” which refers to the character, Ray and his deceased father, an avid baseball fan.  Regardless, the sentiment is that to attract what or who we want, we must …

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The Lesson of the Labyrinth

Last month, my work took me to Wimberley, Texas, which was immensely satisfying on multiple levels. I had the privilege of providing a Vision Calibration Retreat for a wonderful new client at an amazing event center. And my client insisted we stay in their incredible weekend retreat home situated right on the banks of the beautiful Blanco River. Afterwards, back …