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Happy (or maybe sad) Father’s Day!

This post is for anyone who is missing their Dad this Father’s Day. Maybe he’s passed away, and this is your first Father’s Day without him. Maybe he passed away decades ago, but you’re especially missing him today. Maybe he’s still alive, but you don’t have a relationship with him. Maybe he’s alive and well, but […]

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Godspeed to my Favorite Couple

I just learned the meaning of Godspeed. I thought I knew what it meant, and I was pretty close. Here’s how Dictionary.com defines it.   So I’d like to send some Godspeed to my firstborn, her beautiful beau, and their impossible-not-to-adore dog, as they say Goodbye to Chicago and Hello to… whatever is next for them. […]

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When the Student is Ready, the MOUSE Appears?

Sometimes we learn the greatest lessons when we’re unaware a new teacher has appeared.   In my case, the teacher was this teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy mouse. And he showed up, uninvited, in my laundry room a few months ago.     So small. So harmless. So. Incredibly. Terrifying.   I’ve been through some tough stuff in […]

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Try Not Trying

I was going to start by saying “I consider myself a bit of a wordsmith…” but then I looked up the definition (an expert in the use of words) and decided against it.   Instead, I’ll call myself a word-noticer. Doesn’t roll off the tongue like wordsmith, but it’s more accurate.   I tend to […]

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Contemplating Death

I just finished reading (and enthusiastically recommend) “the untethered soul,” by Michael A. Singer. And today I want to tell you about my favorite chapter, titled Contemplating Death. I like it so much and feel it’s so important, that I recorded it for you to hear. Just click on the arrow below to hear the […]

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How I Fell in Love…with The Potato Detox

On February 6th, I embarked on a 30-day healthy eating program, which is basically eating like a vegan, minus the nuts and oils. No meat. No dairy. No eggs. No fun, or so one might think. We kicked it off with a Potato Feast, where the only things we ate for five days, were potatoes.  […]

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Gratitude And Prozac Have This In Common

Gratitude and Prozac both help Depression! Yesterday I read a great article which says that when we feel grateful, we boost our levels of the neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine. These are the same chemicals found in most widely used antidepressants. When we’re depressed, our bodies are usually deficient in dopamine and/or serotonin. These are the […]

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Can You See a Sign if Your Eyes are Closed?

Question: Can you see a sign if your eyes are closed? Answer: Yes, as long as your mind is open. I absolutely love hearing about signs people receive after losing a loved one, and there’s a few reasons I sometimes blog about them… Most people (not all) find those kind of stories heart-warming and inspiring. Sure, […]

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Want to Help Someone? Try Some Positive Thinking

Do you know someone who struggles during the holidays? Or someone who may be struggling during this holiday? Or someone who is struggling, in general? If so, this quote from Abraham will allow you to help them more:   “If you intend to be of assistance, your eye is not upon the trouble but upon […]

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Read This Before (AND After) You Vote

I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that, no matter who you vote for, you’re probably very happy that it’s a.l.m.o.s.t. over. Never have we seen or felt such emotion towards two candidates. The energy is palpable, ranging from intense love to intense hate, and the gap between them is wide. (Key word ~ […]