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Pick yourself up, dust yourself off…

  Making a mistake or doing something klutzy can make anyone uncomfortable. Some people are more uncomfortable than others, going home, pulling the covers over their heads, and trying to sleep, haunted over and over by pictures of the embarrassing incident....

A New Year, a New Life

January is the time of fresh starts, fresh ideas, and an urge to create a new, better life.Often, we start out with high hopes, only to sink by February 1 as if the balloon carrying our hopes had been punctured.We need a plan, a roadmap if you will, that we can...

Make It Easy On Yourself

Make it easy on yourself: Have you ever been caught in a race that never ends:  one in which the big prize at the end is as far out of reach as it is when you started, and the small rewards along the way that might sustain you  have gotten to be scarcer and scarcer? ...

What do you say to a Dementor?

Personal note June ended with a bang; heavy winds and driving rain brought down 5000 trees and left an estimated 610,000 people without power in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. I was one of them. Along with the complete lack of light, air conditioning, cooking...

Want to know the best way to save your life?

Personal note Spring has brought with it a whirlwind of activity, both indoors and out. Once again, plants I have barely noticed have decided to take over entire flower beds. Not the same plants that did so last year, but another bunch. It varies each year; I have no...

The Power of “Yet”

Personal note I first wrote this article in July 15, 2011. The concept is just as true now as it was then. If we all followed this advice, our happiness would increase. As a writer, I believe in the power of words. Words can heal and bring hope. They can also destroy...

What if your life was like a bar of chocolate?

Personal note This week I am working from my California office, which has allowed me to spend a special birthday celebration with my sister.  Our birthdays are one week apart, and the whole family gathered for one of those noisy, exhausting, but joyous celebrations. ...