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Music Monday: Things Worth Fighting For

A recent Facebook post really resonated with me. It said: I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled and said: “I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters. I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me. I stopped fighting with my in-laws. I stopped fighting for attention. I stopped …

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Good Judgement, Bad Judgement

There are several definitions of the word, judgement: A decision of a court or judge. A misfortune viewed as a divine punishment. The ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions. An opinion or conclusion often about a person or circumstance. I showed terrifically good judgement when I read the fine print on a timeshare contract and discovered …

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Milestones

Saturday, I turned 60 years old. And, it’s happening. All of it. I’m a little “stiffer” in the morning when I roll out of bed. I have some recurring aches and pains. And what’s with the random gaps of memory!? (Where are my car keys, anyway?) My bedtime is getting earlier and earlier and afternoon naps frequently sound delicious. And, …

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Music Monday: I Like You

We’re home this week from our 6-week slice of summer heaven at our Silver Firs Cabin in the Sierra Mountains.  Settling back now into the work and life we love with all its familiarity and surprises, perfection and imperfection. This summer, I left the cabin twice for business opportunities I didn’t want to miss:  A chance to help improve the …

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Don’t Wait to Start

You don’t have to wait until January 1st to get in shape. You can get a few more minutes of movement into your daily routine right now. You don’t have to wait until after the vacation to start eating healthier. You can eat smaller quantities by splitting your favorite meal with your spouse right there in Hawaii. You don’t have …

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Music Monday: An American Child

There are certain passages in our lives which create personal bonds so deep that the flow of time has no effect on their strength or impact on you. My high school experience was one of those passages.  With only 38 kids in my graduating class, we were close. So close in fact, that our teachers insisted we take a moment …

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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 …