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If I Had As Much Sense As a Goose…

As we approach the final weeks of 2020, I’m reminded of the feeling a few years ago when Tom and I were cycling with his friend, an experienced cyclist, Terry. It was a cold, gloomy morning, and I had not slept well the previous two nights. I was enjoying the outing but struggling to stay with my “pack.” The biggest problem was …

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Feel It All

Last month, my Wild Women Book Club read and discussed Untamed by Glennon Doyle. It’s a sassy, brave memoir of how Glennon reclaimed her true self and best life. Like most memoirs and personal growth books, not everything she presented resonated with me, but I did find great wisdom and helpful tools in her courageous climb out of a conditioned, …

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Warm, Liquid Gold

We all have an internal longing to be loved, fulfilled, and significant—a longing to create and experience a joyful, complete life. Most of us work so hard at creating it that we’re often left feeling depleted, stuck, overwhelmed and unrealized—the exact opposite of what we set out to do. I think our answer to this dilemma can be found in …

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Our Nation’s Most Important Day, Wednesday

If you’re an American, Tuesday is a very important day. On Tuesday, we will elect a President. But, I think Wednesday will be an even more important day for our country. As an independent voter, I’ve attempted to discern the candidates’ stance on the issues and to be thoughtful about my choice. While I’ve listened to conservative and liberal viewpoints on …

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We Belong to Each Other

It’s not an official Music Monday but as the election draws near, I wanted to share two songs (one this week and another next Monday) which express my hopes for us as a nation of Americans. This week features a brand new song by Garth Brooks called, “We Belong to Each Other.” So new, in fact, he does not have an official …

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Stop Boring Me!

Katherine is spending some time with family at her summer cabin this week so we are recycling this “oldie but goodie” from the past. Enjoy! It’s 2:30 p.m., but it feels like 6:00. You’ve been in this seminar since sometime this morning and, while it’s been full of good information, you’re on overload and squirming in your seat. Can you …

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The Little Book Club in the Corner

One of the first and best things I did when I found myself single at age fifty was to join a book club. It was a “meet-up” of diverse women who shared very little in common other than a big love for reading books, female comradery, and the musty smell of a well-stocked bookstore. Out of thirty total members, fifteen or …

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Positive Conflict

“I hate conflict, and I avoid it at all costs. It’s just how I’m wired. So I guess I just have to put up with it.” This was a statement made to me recently by a team member who was struggling in her job with someone who, in her opinion, was an overbearing supervisor. I believe this statement and belief …

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Meraki

When I discovered the word “meraki,” I could not stop saying it. “My food may not be 5-star, but I always cook with meraki!” I love the way it sounds, but even more I love what it means. It loosely translates as “doing something with such passion and care that you leave a piece of you behind in your work.” It’s …

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Understanding vs. Empathy

There are few customer service experiences that I dread more than getting a new phone from a cell phone provider. But, I had to recently and, as always seems to be the case, I had issues and needed to call the provider afterward for questions, clarifications, and general assistance to get this “latest and greatest” device to simply make a …