Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

January 1970 Archives

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Famously Eleanor Roosevelt insisted, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor elevated herself above her fears by lifting her thinking into the realm of what is possible. Do you have someone in your life who inspires […]


The Non-Caloric Kind Of Chocolate

Our lives are simply a succession of nows.   (taken from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press) Cocoa calmly greeted me as I step out from the post office. Cocoa was an uber friendly chocolate Labrador Retriever. I was buzzingly busy with […]


I Have To Disagree With You…

Embrace your convictions without apology.   (quote from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press)   “Well, I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you…” Conflict is not at the top of many people’s list of favorite things.  There are times when […]


In The Year 2248

Extend your hand with the strongest reach.  (from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press)   I’m carried a letter dated December 26, 1772 around in my journal for the month of September last year.  Did the author of this letter have […]


concentric circles. ever outward. a good word, a helpful gesture, and generosity of spirit.   these are the resilient… jewels that hold the real worth in the world.

What’s Your Hurry?

I was in the middle of a creative muddle when my phone notified me I had a text message.  My husband was all out of cold medicine and his cough was starting up.  Could I please go to the pharmacy?  […]

“This Is Dedicated…”

You can call a radio station and ask that a song be played, “dedicated to…” someone special.  You can make a donation to an organization and dedicate that generosity to a particular person.  Dedicating a book to someone is a […]

“Is It Like Having A Baby?”

People often ask me if receiving  a brand new book I’ve written is like having a baby.  Comparing creating anything to a mom giving birth is a little too much.  While the actual birth experience only exists for me in […]

The Irony of Imperfection

The irony of the artistic moment was not lost on me. I was laying out a design based on the word IMPERFECTION.  I ran out of space in the design field and had to wrap the last four letters in […]

While Others Sleep…

It has been said so many different ways.  “While others sleep, you stand watch.” My husband and I share from our basket, whether it is a little low or flowing over the brim, with soldiers that are deployed on foreign […]

Smile It’s Valentine’s Day

Let me confess, at the first, that this photo is over a year old.  Since I’m still growing my hair out from my S.T.A.N.D. against bullying effort – it’ll be quite some time before I have this much atop my […]

a Poem and a Prayer for Egypt

leadership – grow up from the soil of the people.dancing & song – fill the streets with elation.Freedom – be whispered as a prayer. ©mar

You Are Your Compassionate Service

BE A Witness To Grace

You hear it in the coffee shop, the grocery store, the break room.  In your own home you hear it.  You might even hear it coming out, unpracticed, of your own mouth.  Gossip.  Carrying a tale twice removed.  Complaint.  Telling […]

An Illuminating Day

“The journey is the destination.  Illuminate. The possible is within.” Dr.Kelly Mix Stork   On my way to a professional strategy appointment this reminds  me there will be TWO experts in the room.  My consultant knows business and law and […]

In The Center of the Circle

“Stand in the center of the circle and let all things take their course.”  Lao Tsu Perfect concept on the heels of just yesterday resigning as general manager of the universe.  At 6:30 AM this prompted me to turn off […]

Go Ahead – Submit Your Resignation. I Did.

Larry Eisenberg said, “For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”   It was with irony that today I resigned from general manager of everything.   Everything.  I’m in charge of absolutely nothing: but, mostly, the weather […]

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY – Minus Distractions

Amy has participated in numbers of my Focus Phrase processes.  We tease that we are “sisters of different misters,” because we have so many viewpoints common to each other.  She recently sent me a gift of a paperweight that bosses […]

Take A S.T.A.N.D.

Start Today A New Direction.The instruction set me on a unique path last October.  All the controversy and loss surrounding the issue of bullying led me to a 3 month S.T.A.N.D. against bullying and for education and new directions.  I […]

Since You Asked…

One of my “phraseologists” has very beautifully described the impact of Radmacher Focus Phrase™ on her life.  I’d love to share it with you.  Even if this doesn’t prompt you to investigate our guided process – perhaps it WILL inspire […]


What will you allow yourself to “breathe in” today that will move you a little closer to your dreams, longings, intentions?   Here’s a look at where the word comes from: ORIGIN Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from […]

Previous Posts

Overwhelm kicks in when the "everything" is considered in the context of getting it all done. The penchant for expressing our worth  by how busy we are has woven itself into the fabric of our culture. Our worth as a human begins by virtue  ...

posted 12:34:45pm Jun. 15, 2015 | read full post »

I Saw My "Shadow" At The Store
I am often in a hurry.  I try to be mindful as I hurry, but still, it's a hurry-up-and-get-the-next-thing-done kind of hurry. And I have lots of "next things." When that hurry-ness combines with anxiety, or concern, or just plain 'ole  tired ...

posted 6:38:58pm Jun. 03, 2015 | read full post »

The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA

posted 3:38:54pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends

posted 3:37:27pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Rarely do I share book reviews here, and yet this book prompted me to do so. If you are in need of a curriculum for a young person or a jumpstart at retirement, this book is that.  If you are looking for fresh ideas to lift your creative ...

posted 12:31:12pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »


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