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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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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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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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When they go up, we come down

There have been countless moments in my life when someone or something triggered a big emotion within me. And that emotion always spawned an even bigger, often immediate, reaction from me. Most of those, I have later regretted. We are currently living in one of the most collectively stressful times in the last 50 years, and everywhere people’s reactions are demonstrating the …

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Love Labor

Most of us associate Labor Day with the official end of summer, but Labor Day was actually a holiday created in 1894 to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. A creation of the labor movement, it constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. And …

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Jump!

Do you remember the experiment where a scientist studying the conditioning of animal behavior put a bunch of fleas in a jar and sealed it with a lid? I hadn’t thought about it in years but was recently reminded of it and its inherent lessons for us in a brilliantly written blog by my friend and colleague, Joan Garbo (https://joangarbo.com/,) where …

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Everything Changes

Every parent remembers that moment when a tiny pink or blue bundle in which your newborn baby has been carefully swaddled is laid tenderly into your waiting, anxious arms. In that moment, as you gaze into the eyes of your future, you somehow know that your life has been forever changed. Mine did at 11:50 a.m. June 26, 1983, when …

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Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my 61st birthday.  Do I feel old?  Sometimes.  And sometimes I still feel so young it seems virtually impossible that I’m celebrating this many years on the planet.  My mother used to tell me that after sixty she was often surprised to see the face that was looking back at her in the mirror because inside, she still …

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Orpheus

I’m an optimist by nature. I always have been. I don’t recall a time where I have thoroughly given up on the future, felt completely stuck without options or without hope. I’ve always believed that we, collectively and as individuals, would find our way somehow. But I must admit that lately… I’ve had my moments. And I’ve heard it all around me recently from …