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Wisdom Workout: Mirroring Our Weather

June gloom has taken over so completely that I ended up miming its symptoms of dripping, intermittent chills, followed by enough heat to trigger sweating and a cough that made me sound like one of our harbor seals. It has been a long time since I’ve been down for the count....

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Recapturing the Child Within   I invite you to life and you send regrets. Sorry can’t come, too late or too soon, too busy, too scared, too much involved in the business of living. - Dancing Moon Poems It’s early morning and the birds are having a lively discussion....

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A Mother for All Seasons Mother’s Day is a holiday that brings the opportunity to reflect on the continuum that gives life to the word mother. I have a mother. I am a mother. Three of my daughter’s are mothers. I am a grandmother. I could easily become a great-grandmother in the...

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Have a Heart   This week, as I read our letters to the editor, I noticed that our reputation as a hospitable, tolerant, free-spirited environment seems to be getting a bit tarnished. At the same time, the wondrous opportunity to experience heart-felt connections was also...

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Quick Exit From Dramaland   Change is in the air. At least in my life. Everything from upgrading my computer to having  my web host decide to close his business. Even though I am in the personal growth field, the truth is that I don’t like change very much. At least not...

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Creating A Social Future   My eldest daughter, Lisa, shared a profound insight about the differing parenting experiences between herself and her sister Jennica. “Mom, I realize that I have been a lazy parent in a lot of ways, simply because I could get away with it since my...

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It’s About Time   Time has become a speed freak. In fact, I suspect it has been taking professional driving lessons and thinks my weekdays are a NASCAR race. It’s Monday and then I blink and it’s Friday. This has been going on for quite awhile now. Truth is, I need five full days...

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Lessons from Whitney Houston   A few days after Whitney Houston’s death, I received a phone message from someone who wanted to express her sadness and concern about the probability that prescription drugs played a part in her death. She believes many women who use...

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The Verb of Love Valentines Day is all about love. In our aggressive society, it is easy to ignore this opportunity to let down and enjoy the small pause points that come when we participate in the art of celebration. If we turn love into a verb, it has the power to transform the...

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The Fulfillment Factor 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 overwhelmed? On the other hand, if you decide to live within a closed, overly protective attitude, your...

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The Importance of Doing Nothing   As this new year  comes out of the gate, my personal consulting work is bringing me aspects of life that can’t be fixed or figured out with a quick solution or a fast answer. Often, all that is appropriate is to just show up. Be there. Listen....

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Transformation   Remember when the transformer action figures were the current got-to-have toys for boys? I would watch my grandson twist and turn limbs, torsos and heads with a surety and speed that was mind-boggling. “How did you do that?” “Easy!” he would say. When I tried, I...

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Reading is a pleasure that I’ve enjoyed since I was a child. My mother was unable to say no to door-to-door salespeople and as a result we had an entire series of encyclopedia’s that came with a bonus set of fairy tales from many different lands. I devoured them. I would...

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Rekindling 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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Slip-Sliding Away   My mother is in her 90th year and lives in Houston, Tex. Three weeks ago, she had her appendix removed, spent three days in intensive care and seven more in the hospital regaining her ability to breathe without a ventilator. From there, she was moved to a...