September 25, 2015

Messages of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope and Healing

What Will You Do with Your 30,000 Days?
Reflections

What Will You Do with Your 30,000 Days?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver.   Recently I read that a human being lives, on average, 30,000 days. Doing the math, that’s something close to 82 years, give or take a few leap years,.  Seems like quite a bit of time, right? Yet if we think about our lives, we must admit a good amount of those 30,000 days have already passed by.  To make it more interesting, the My 30k  website allows you to plug in your birth date and calculate how many days, if you live the average, ...
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What Can You Accomplish in Six minutes, 20 seconds?
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What Can You Accomplish in Six minutes, 20 seconds?

  and these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through…” ~ David Bowie   Question:   What can you accomplish in 6 minutes and 20 seconds? a) Answer a few emails? b) Microwave a fresh baked brownie? c) Commit 17 acts of premeditated murder? d) Create the tipping point in America on gun policy? The Hopeful Answer:  D, Create a Tipping Point   The Sounds of Silence On March 24,  as Emma Gonzalez stood silently on the Washington DC stage, marking the time it...
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Addressing The Elephant in the Room
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Addressing The Elephant in the Room

  The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? ~ David Attenborough   Do you remember the first time you saw an elephant? Perhaps it was in a picture book like Babar, or Horton Hears a Who? Or in Disney's movie Dumbo? I was three when I first encountered an elephant. My father knew a guy who knew a gal and magically we somehow found ourselves behind the curtain as the travelling circus came to town. From the safety of my father's arms, I...
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Six Steps to Finding Your Tribe
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Six Steps to Finding Your Tribe

      When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me too!” Be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe. ~ A.J. Downey, Cutter's Hope   As humans, we are social beings. Study after study has shown that when we are connected, when we feel we are part of something larger,        we thrive. We are healthier, live longer. We are fulfilled. Yet today we find ourselves in a world that is more and more disconnected. By addictive technology, by transient jobs, by broken families, and...
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Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History ~Eleanor Roosevelt
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Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History ~Eleanor Roosevelt

  Today is International Women's Day. How will you celebrate women's achievements ? It's hard to believe that prior to the 1970’s most women's contributions were virtually an unknown topic in the United States public school curriculum. Or in general public consciousness.  It all started in 1910 Begun by the UN, globally, in 1910 to honor the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women , the day was expanded to Women's History Week in California in 1978 at the behest of some spunky gals in Sonoma County, In 1980 President Carter issued the...
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Plastic: The Last Straw
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Plastic: The Last Straw

  As I recovering Catholic, I am quite familiar with the tradition of giving up something for Lent.  Swear words, chocolate and alcohol are just a few of the items I’ve renounced over the years. This year I am giving up Plastic STRAWS. Statistics note some 500 million plastic straws are used in the USA, one billion globally,  EVERY SINGLE DAY. How INSANE is that? This is single use plastic at its worst. For just a few moments of drinking assistance, we are a adding a massive amount of plastic to landfills on a daily basis.  And many of these straws are...
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Before You Abuse, Criticize and Accuse… Walk a Mile in My Shoes
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Before You Abuse, Criticize and Accuse… Walk a Mile in My Shoes

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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