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Author Archive for Susan McNeal Velasquez

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Are You Running On Empty? When life was more leisurely, summer was a time for increased relaxation and ease. Today, many of us are speeding down the highway of life at breakneck speeds, demanding that we operate in full-on problem solving mode but with the added pressure that we are supposed to slam on the […]

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Magic Unfolds at Festival Events

Magic Unfolds at Festival Events

  The theme of the Pageant of the Masters 2014 is “The Art Detective.” Pageant Director Diane Challis was asked: “Who is the art detective?” Her reply? “Anyone who suffers from a case of curiosity. Anyone who is driven to ask who, what, where, when and why.” She added, “Who doesn’t love to solve a […]

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Magic in Attitude Adjustment

Magic in Attitude Adjustment

  The festival season officially starts this week. Along with the excitement of the summer activities, comes the pervasive ritual that has been honed to a fine art for many of us who have the privilege to call ourselves locals. The Sawdust Festival preview party marks the first formal opportunity to claim the right to […]

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Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father

  It is time again to formally honor our fathers. The masculine principle is imbued with the task of establishing our ethics and morality. It fulfills its function as a sharp tool of learning what actions and controls are necessary to manifest right choices in our lives. When masculine energy is married to feminine energy, which […]

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Plot a New Course by Looking Ahead

Plot a New Course by Looking Ahead

  Imagine that your mind is like a recorder. It has play, rewind, pause, instant re-play, fast-forward and stop buttons. Most of us overuse the play and instant replay. We play out our daily dramas and do instant replay on the drive home, particularly on the parts that didn’t turn out the way we wanted […]

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Mothering, A Never Ending Story

Mothering, A Never Ending Story

I am a daughter. I am a mother. I am a grandmother. Soon I will be a great-grandmother. My four daughters are currently immersed in the swirl of active child raising. I, on the other hand, now have a walk-on part instead of a lead role on the motherhood stage. My mother lived until she […]

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Who's the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

When I was a teenager, one of my first boyfriends used to say, “Who’s the boss?” whenever I voiced a different opinion than he did. My older brother would say, “You’ve always been a woman’s libber!” in response to any disagreement with him. When I held an executive position in a fast-moving company that required […]

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In Appreciation

In Appreciation

It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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Get Over It

Get Over It

     Have you ever tried to water a garden with a leaking hose? The more little holes in the line, the more leakage and less water pressure out of the nozzle. Harboring resentment from past or present slights and disappointments has the same effect on our energy levels. None of us live in a […]

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Riding the Problem Express

Riding the Problem Express

  Imagine that every problem you encounter comes to you as a special delivery package from the Problem Express Railroad. This train is filled to the brim with all manner of problems, from the inconsequential to the complex. When you are a recipient of problem cargo, there are specific unpacking and handling instructions that are […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

  The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, would […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

     The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, […]

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Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Based on research done by Adam Grant, one of the highest-rated professors at Wharton School of Business, about 35% of our business workforce is comprised of takers. This includes both leaders and employees who are driven by ego and self-promotion that includes taking credit for the ideas and work of others. They twist reality to […]

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Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Based on research done by Adam Grant, one of the highest-rated professors at Wharton School of Business, about 35% of our business workforce is comprised of takers. This includes both leaders and employees who are driven by ego and self-promotion that includes taking credit for the ideas and work of others. They twist reality to […]

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Wisdom Workout: Paradox

Wisdom Workout: Paradox

Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle, numb and uncaring? On the other hand, if you decide to live with a protective attitude, limiting your caring to only a few people, places and things, your wellspring of curiosity, […]