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Growing children is one of the most intuitive, non-linear experiences possible. Being a mother is a heart task. The wheel of love starts its never-ending spin the moment our body chemistry begins to change to accommodate the new guest. Anticipation, excitement, future planning,...

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Moving Forward It is easy to be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us daily as residents of Laguna Beach. For many of us, living here is like inheriting a little slice of heaven. We choose this city above all others. Our environment brings us external gifts, but the personal...

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April Fool’s Day The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of pranks on friends is recognized everywhere. In one famous prank from 1957, the BBC broadcast aired a film in their current affairs series showing Swiss farmers picking freshly grown spaghetti, in what they...

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling   By this time, all the green beer in town has turned back to its normal color. I grew up in New York where St Patrick’s Day was always a grand celebration. They say that you can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out...

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Rock-a-Bye Babies It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I am currently the grandmother of 10 and a great-grandmother of two. Even more, being a grandmother in this technologically intense world means more face time on Skype or Facebook so that I can access current...

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Choosing a President “In what American election is the greatest number of votes cast? The answer is, of course, the presidential election. In what American election is the next greatest number of votes cast? The answer is the annual Miss Rheingold contest. In 1956, the vote...

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Awakening Emotional Intelligence It is a part of our human nature to fear and avoid change, emotional discomfort, visibility, vulnerability and the unknown. We want to be right, sure, safe and free from pain. We wish that we could find some way to reap all of life’s...

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Find Holiday Magic   The holiday card that I found the other day at the Laguna Colony Company on Forest Avenue said: “Christmas Therapy Group.” It pictured a caricature of a psychiatrist sitting in front of a semi-circle that included Santa, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the...

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An Elegant Mind Since the holiday season is upon us, the demands on your time and energy will most likely increase. Since you have no control over the season in general, we might as well take a few moments to do a reality check on your current state of mind to give you the best...

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One Step at a Time   I remember when I was first introduced to the world of motivational success techniques. We were directed to come up with our five top wants that needed to be specific, realistic and attainable. A time-line had to be set for when we would achieve these...

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What’s It All About?                There was a comic strip started in the mid-1950s about a character named “Beetle Bailey”. He was a lowly private in the army who got himself into trouble by making naive mistakes. The particular cartoon I am recalling shows Beetle coming...

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Pig Tales     One of my father’s favorite sayings was: “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” As a teenager, I wondered why anyone would want a silk purse and who would be so sadistic that they would think of using a sow’s ear to make a purse in the first place. I did...

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The Three-Legged Race   Large community picnics were a staple of summer when I was growing up. One of the activities was the three-legged race. The way it works is that you pair up with a partner. Your leg is tied to your teammates leg. The goal is to move as fast as you can...

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A Father’s Day Tribute My father lives vividly in my memory. His artistic hands, him playing the piano with starts and spurts of passion, the smell of his pipe smoke and the intensity in his eyes and the set of his jaw. How he would uncharacteristically chuckle out loud at...

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A Subtle Trap Is your life a problem to be solved or a reality to be experienced? Your answer may be telling. The primary motivation for beginning a journey of self-discovery is usually the desire to solve a problem. Pain is a great wake-up call. There is an interesting...