September 25, 2015

Messages of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope and Healing

Walk a Mile in My Shoes ~ Joe South and the Believers
Reflections

Walk a Mile in My Shoes ~ Joe South and the Believers

I won't lie. This week , the week of the Parkland shooting has been difficult for me. The violence, yes. But it is the anger, the vitriol, the divisiveness that has leveled me. As an empath, I feel it all. It won’t surprise those of you who truly know me to hear that I was driving from my son’s home on Valentine's Day, just before noon PST, having left a gift on his doorstep,  when I was suddenly overcome with a grief so all encompassing that I had to pull to the side of the highway. I sat and sobbed for...
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Confessions of a Tree Hugger

Confessions of a Tree Hugger

How do you connect with Nature? Yesterday, my cousin Carrie treated me to some time in Muir Woods, a 295 acre spot just north of San Francisco, home to a spectacular old growth redwood forest. With trees towering over 200 feet and girths a family can barely get their arms around, this 110 year old National Monument is a welcome respite from the fast paced hustle of daily Bay Area life. Arriving in late afternoon on a weekday, we have the hour long boardwalk trail to ourselves. Our need to talk falls away, we are overcome with reverent silence. Our voices are...
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To Be or Not to Be ~ Will Shakespeare

To Be or Not to Be ~ Will Shakespeare

Photo Credit to Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke   So you know that Aha moment when the answer to a question you’ve been ruminating on becomes crystal clear? Last Monday I was treated to my first ( at the age of 60!)  sailing adventure ever. Leaving Chula Vista Marina, with a knowledgeable captain at the helm, the glimmering waters of San Diego Bay beckoned.  I was looking forward to feeling the grace of a 34 foot vessel glide through the water, the sun on my face, the wind in my hair and the adrenaline rush  that a new experience brings. Hands...
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In a World Where You Can be Anything….Be Kind

In a World Where You Can be Anything….Be Kind

Are you feeling the desire to make a positive difference in our world? You aren't alone! It’s as if the negativity reported daily in the morning headlines or on the evening news is compelling everyday people to simply begin to create positive solutions. Kindness, it seem, is the foundation. And the knowledge that every action or inaction we take has a direct impact on the world around us. I’ve just finished reading Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World, written by Lizzie Velasquez. Lizzie is a motivational speaker , TEDx  speaker,  and now author whose message...
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This is What Democracy Looks Like

This is What Democracy Looks Like

  On Saturday January 20, 2018,  one million of my closest friends and I once again took to the streets globally to have our voices heard in a world where they have been too long silent. On this first anniversary of the Women’s March it was heartening to see families everywhere: grandmothers, moms and daughters, young couples with babies in strollers, . In San Diego, where I participated, I estimate some 30% good men showed up  in support of their partners, moms, sisters and daughters. People came to chant and sing, dance and hug, take photos of one another’s creative...
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I Have a Dream 2018

I Have a Dream 2018

          If social media is any indication, many of us spent Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday contemplating his words, searching for an escape from these Divided States of America in which we currently reside. I know you join me in the vision of a world not divided by the barriers of race, sex, religion, sexual preference or wealth. When regarding Martin's  "I Have a Dream" speech,  it is disconcerting to realize his words are perhaps more relevant today than they first were 55 years ago. 2017 was easily the most divisive year that I personally can...
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My 60th Birthday Gift…to YOU.

My 60th Birthday Gift…to YOU.

January 2nd marked my 60th birthday. If landmark birthdays are the perfect time for reflection, then certainly, SIXTY gives cause to pause. I’m not buying that 60 is the new 40.  While I might actually see 80 years , 120 seems a bit of a stretch. So. Yep. It’s a fact.  I am now old. OLD. But you know what? SIXTY feels pretty damn good. I’m relatively healthy, albeit an extra 10 pounds carried around my middle.  My cholesterol and blood pressure are in check.   I still have my own teeth, knees and hips.  I wear glasses only for reading.  I wake only...
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Two Simple Yet Powerful Life Affirming Words

Two Simple Yet Powerful Life Affirming Words

The postman brought me a powerful gift in the mail today that I simply must share with You! It says simply “You Matter” Several days ago, as I was searching the internet for Messages of Hope and Healing,  I came across the post of a young woman named Jessica, from Louisiana.   She showed a photo of this bumper sticker on her car. She was talking about suicide prevention and offering them to anyone who wanted them. What an incredible idea!  Of course I was interested! “I’ll take a dozen. How much are they?”, I asked. “They are free,”  she...
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5 Tips to Uplevel Your Fierce Listening Skills

5 Tips to Uplevel Your Fierce Listening Skills

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. ~ Bryant H. McGill
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6 Ways to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Real growth and learning happens you get out of your comfort zone.
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