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Perspective

Perspective

Dear Readers, During the last two weeks I have been in crisis with this web site. I don’t know what has been showing up on your screens, but on my screen I lost my website title with its big beautiful script. And over the week we’ve had different versions of the site showing up due to my failure to realize I needed to update different operating systems. Fine-tuning is now going on ‘under the hood’ as our new web-master is working his...

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Focusing Our Attention

Focusing Our Attention

“And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” –Raymond Carver, “Late Fragment”  The quality of our lives is profoundly influenced by the inner-narratives that take residence in our minds, by where we choose to place our focus. Creating a life we love requires conscious direction of our thoughts and attention. Whatever we pay attention...

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Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

 “There’s a door you can walk through that used to be a wall.” –Prince It’s early morning and I’ve just driven off the Vashon Island ferry in Washington State. The Puget Sound is a silver mirror for the towering dark evergreens. An amber glow in the sky provides a mysterious backdrop for the sharp, snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Weathered Christmas wreathes still hang from the lamp posts in the little town of Vashon. As I walk into La...

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Live a Life You Love

Live a Life You Love

Dear Readers, Today I am posting my article on New Year’s Goals from last year.  At the end of the article is a second short article called, The Story Behind the Story, that offers the result of the intentions I set a year ago! “I dwell in possibility.”—Emily Dickinson I dragged into the New Year with a raging cold.  The first few days of January usually find me reflecting on the past year – what I have learned, progress and mistakes I’ve...

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What Is Essential

What Is Essential

In quiet moments…you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn’t…don’t crowd out that which is essential.” -Richard G. Scott             A year ago, this month, my 24-year-old daughter Rose lost her best friend. Just writing that line thrusts a tight ball of grief to my throat.  My eyes tear up and I am overcome by the memory of that utter tragedy—a lovely, kind, 23-year-old wife and mother who...

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Setbacks and Success

Setbacks and Success

“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? . . . What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here? –Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail The day after Christmas we took down the tree.  I was sorry to see the twinkling white lights and sentimental ornaments...

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