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Who’s writing your life script?

Personal note A delightful Easter brunch with a dear friend made up for the fact that it was cold as heck, even on the last day of March, when last year at this time the daffodils were up. But Spring will surely come, as it always does; there will be daffodils, and...

Be your own best caretaker

Taking care of other people can be a kind and charitable act.  We now know that acts of kindness can physically affect our well-being as well as being psychologically heart-warming. Altruistic emotions – the “helper’s high” – seem to gain dominance...

Let a smile be your umbrella

November can bring gloomy days, rain, and even snow.  Some people love this autumn weather; others are less enchanted by it.  Add in a few ordinary life mishaps and you can create deep gloom. Here’s how to lift the gloom when you’re suffering from the “grumpies”, a...

Persistent Perfectionism

  Time and energy bandits are habits and thought processes that can suck you dry, leaving you exhausted and harried.One of these, which particularly rears its head at the holiday season, is perfectionism. Now perfectionism is a wonderful trait – in its place....
You Mean Stress Is a Choice?

You Mean Stress Is a Choice?

Personal Note   For me, the end of summer is signaled when we close up the museum with which I am associated, Historic John H. Stevens House, Birthplace of Minneapolis.  After a summer of varied events, including storytelling about the house and local Native...

Choose Your Moods

Personal Note This week has been one filled with blessings, such as opportunities to give two of my talks to appreciative audiences.  The Stonebrooke Golf Club Women’s Luncheon was the site of my talk on “What Do Wonder Woman and You Have in Common?” and Robins,...

Do You Know the Difference Between Distraction and Relaxation?

Disasters have filled our daily papers: tornadoes, floods, fires…all of these are examples of stress that comes to us.  We don’t have much choice.   This week I have been thinking about all the areas of life in which we do have choices;  for example, the kinds of...