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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...

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A Position Change There are times in our lives that become potent turning points once the integration of the experience is completed. My youngest daughter, Sara, and my almost 2-year-old granddaughter, Aroha, came for a much-anticipated visit that started in January and lasted...

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The Love Connection   Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year so the excuse that your business schedule is grueling isn’t going to fly. Let’s do a quick exploration of your current thoughts and feelings regarding this subjective holiday that will require an...

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My Global Girls  The International Terminal at LAX was crowded with those of us waiting for the next wave of arriving passengers. I kept my eyes glued on the sloping walkway as the top-heavy carts of passengers, freed from customs, made their way up the ramp. My youngest...

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  In the Home Stretch   The current City Council race has captured my attention. The level of commitment and involvement required of all seven candidates is both impressive and daunting. I’ve attended three of the forums and as a result, specific qualifications...

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Moonlight Becomes You The moon has been my companion the past few nights. It dapples the covers on my bed so that it casts both light and shadows, nudging me awake and then giving me a reprieve as long as I don’t disappear into a deep sleep. Apparently, it enjoys my...