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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wisdom Workout: Celebrating Club’s Woman of the Year

Last Friday, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club held its annual Woman of the Year luncheon. This year, Peggie Thomas was the deserving recipient. Gayle Waite chaired the event and it was beautifully executed from start to finish. University of Michigan’s colors, blue and...

Wisdom Workout: Running on Empty?

My first full time job as a young adult was as a bank teller. Periodically, the bank auditors would arrive and the atmosphere would become tense. What will they find? Will we be in compliance? Will our manager enforce stricter checks and balances on our procedures? In other...

Wisdom Workout: A Season for Change

My daughter, Sara, and my newest granddaughter, Aroha, are reunited with “Papa” in Bangkok and this new little family is on their way back to Pakistan where they do humanitarian work. The luxury that I’ve had for the last six weeks of spending time on Skype with...

Wisdom Workout: Magic of Motherhood

It is gloomy this morning but I can still conjure up the feelings generated by the sunshine we’ve recently enjoyed. The main reason for my sunny outlook is the safe arrival of my newest granddaughter, Aroha, and the pleasure of watching the bonding grow between my daughter,...

Wisdom Workout – APB: Norman is Still Missing

  Norman, the mascot for the Penguin Café, was abducted. There is a $500 reward posted for his return. No questions asked. Norman has been standing guard in front of the Penguin Cafe for as long as I can remember. Visitors to our city have photographed him almost as much as The...

Wisdom Workout: Magic Moments

My new granddaughter arrived Thursday, March 14, in New Zealand, but a day earlier in Laguna. Bless Skype one more time. I was able to see my daughter, Sara, looking beautiful and happy, her partner Stephan smiling ear to ear, and my new granddaughter, Aroha, with eyes wide open...

Wisdom Workout: My Irish Eyes Are Smiling

A few weeks ago, I discovered a book entitled, “The Power Behind Your Eyes.” It talks of the need to rest our eyes, taking periodic time outs from the task of looking, so that we can see more fully those things we may be missing through the unconscious habit of hyper-vigilance....