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Using my “inside voice”

Every year in July, I disconnect. If not completely, then pretty darn close. With limited cell service and no cable, satellite, or even a TV to play it on in Tom’s rustic cabin in the mountains, my daily Facebook posts, tweets, and blogging slow down to an almost imperceptible crawl. Emails and voice mails are answered within the week, instead of hours. And routine …

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Your Lens Matters

During this time of coronavirus lockdown, many are saying to me, “I’m so bored! Every day is the same.” While that’s certainly understandable in times like these… when we are practically confined to our homes, I think there’s a different lens we can use to view this situation. If we’re bored, we’ve shrunk into ourselves so far we only see …

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All the Good I Can Do

A while back, long before coronavirus, I was speaking to a friend about peace. That friend asked about the attainment of personal peace in relation to current events around the world.  In particular, as it related to my decision to limit the amount of news I watched on television or read in a newspaper. At that time, I wrote the …

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Redemptive Perspectives

There is much we can proactively do to create a personal and professional life that is abundant, meaningful, and filled with positive aspects. But sometimes… bad things just happen. Even the most positive, hardworking, honest people will likely experience pain and suffering at some point in their life. The death of a loved one, an unexpected divorce or financial crisis, …

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Habits

We all have them: habits – good ones, bad ones, ones that seem neutral. We have habits that serve our goals and some that don’t. Habits can appear to wield ultimate power over our choices and decisions, but I’ve discovered that in actuality, they don’t. It’s just the story we’re telling ourselves and others. In January, Tom and I committed …

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Girls (and Boys) Just Wanna Have Fun!

Picture your life as a measuring tape: The left end represents the day you were born; the right, the day you “transition” from this life. Now, mentally cut that tape at the spot that would represent today. Many of you will notice, like me, that even if you hope to live to 100… the left-hand side is longer than the …

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Everything is Energy!

The only thing I like better than tasting excellent red wines at a quaint little boutique winery on a Saturday afternoon with good friends is having them poured for me and explained to me by the adorable, passionate, young Argentinean winemaker himself, Damian Doffo. (DoffoWines.com) Forever diligent and alert for Monday Morning Stretch material, Anthony reminded me of something that …

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Music Monday: My Thanksgiving

I’m invoking author’s privilege and publishing Music Monday a couple of weeks early in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday… because I have the perfect song: Don Henley’s, My Thanksgiving. What we like in music is such a personal choice, but, in my humble opinion, Don Henley is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. I’ve contended for years that …

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Hands Up and Hang On!

One thing about roller coasters… once it starts, you’re along for the ride, like it or not. Once you’re strapped in, how you handle the ups and downs, fear and excitement, twists and turns will ultimately determine how much you enjoy the ride. If you stand on the ground and look at a roller coaster from a distance, you can …

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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 …