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Share Goodness

At a recent community meeting I attended, the leader encouraged us to turn to people near us and exchange pleasantries. I said hello to a gentleman I had never met before and asked him how he was doing. To my surprise, he replied with an extremely honest answer. He told me he was far from…

Yoda perseverance

Trying, Doing, and Letting Go

The Star Wars movies have it all: action, adventure, amazing visual effects, and exciting battles between the ultimate forces of good and evil. I love these movies and have watched them several times. I must admit, though, that I have a recurring conflict with the fierce and lovable Jedi Master, Yoda.  When Luke struggles to…

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School’s Out!

With the school year ending soon, you may be looking for activities for yourself and/or your family. Here are over 30 summer “bucket list” items to check out over the next few months that don’t involve computer screen time. Feel free to add your own suggestions, as well.   Go to the zoo or wildlife…

measuring success

Measuring Success

I don’t remember ever having known somebody who didn’t have something about themselves that they wanted to change. And pretty much everyone has had something that they really struggled with. It’s certainly true about me and I encountered the same obstacle that others have. We get frustrated when the change we want doesn’t happen right…

Race of life

The Amazing Race of Life

When life runs smoothly, we usually find it easier to feel happy and relaxed: our coffee maker delivers fresh hot coffee, the car starts and gets us to our destination, and the umbrella stays intact, despite the driving wind and rain. When our days are filled with these little marvels, our lives become easier. We…

gifts in the grieving process

The Gifts in the Grieving Process

It seems odd, doesn’t it? To even consider that there may be a single gift to be found in grief? It’s almost counterintuitive to think there would be an iota of redemption found in a process that is, by its very nature, heart-wrenching and emotionally depleting. Yet, the experience of loss does not have to…