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Music Monday: Shadow Days

I watched a documentary once on how the epic movie, Star Wars, was created. They broke it down from the perspectives of each engineer: Lighting, sound effects, animation and robotics, camera angles, editing, script-writing, directing, acting, costuming, and music. The most memorable to me was the music. To show how important this element was to the overall impact of the …

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Becoming Family

As my eyes scan down the outbound flights looking for my gate on the airport monitor, the word “delayed” sticks out like a flashing red light amongst all the other flights which say “on time.” My flight from San Diego to Seattle is delayed two hours. Oh well… This is how I keep my gold card status at Starbucks. Returning …

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Start Small. . .But Start!

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you build a cathedral? You place the first cornerstone. How do you start a thousand-mile journey? With a single step. How do you grow a majestic oak tree? By planting one small seed. Whether it’s building a new website, writing a book, remodeling your office, mastering a …

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April Fools

Your shoes are untied… made you look! I mean seriously, how can we resist when we have to write a Monday Morning Stretch for April Fool’s Day! But, where did all this foolishness about April 1st come from? We did a little research and here’s what we found: Historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France …

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Music Monday: Welcome to my Revolution

We made it! 2019. Despite political upheaval, super storms, and dire predictions, we have somehow miraculously made it into the New Year… as we always do. On this first Music Monday of 2019, I chose “A Brand New Year” by SheDaisy. It’s a perfect song for the start of a new and pivotal year as it’s not so much about …

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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 …