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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

January 1970 Archives

“Dance Is the Way the BODY Spells” m.a. radmacher

My friends, Paul David Leopoulos and his wife, Linda, created the THEA Foundation after their lovely teen age daughter was killed by a drunk driver.  Thea’s academic and whole high school experience had been enlivened by her introduction to and […]

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A Day of Remembering

My friend, Donna, woke up early today, thinking about her Mom’s brothers and their service to their country.  She has always wondered why a movie was never done about the Butler Boys from a dry land farm in SW Colorado.  […]

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Remembering, with Heart

heart12 I have prepared this piece for you, as a gift. Memorial Day is the opportunity to remember the sacrifices that others have made on behalf of our country and our freedom. If you would like to open this heart […]

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A Model of Courage

I hope you have the time to see this sweet and somewhat historic snapshot. This week end I spoke at length with a client.  She is aspiring to a more artful, creative life.  She feels restricted by her limited education.  […]

Advice for Graduates

Borrowed from my friends at maryanneradmacher.com  

“Can YOU Believe it?”

It’s a common question after reading the headlines or listening to the news. Piece after personal piece of information regarding the lives of our elected officials and out of office celebrities. The media is abuzz with news of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s […]

National High Blood Pressure and Stroke Awareness Month

Thirty nine years ago today my mother died. I was thirteen years old. I heard things around the house like, “The doctor said I needed to take a higher dose of my blood pressure medication.” I had no real concept […]

Poetry or Promises

I am so happy to learn that the great elucidator, Billy Graham, has returned home after his stay in the hospital and his waltz with pneumonia. I wish him continued strength and solid recovery. These were my thoughts as I […]

SITTING BY MY LAUGHING FIRE

Perhaps you have heard that the Rev. Billy Graham is struggling with pneumonia and has been hospitalized. The man who’s faith and stories have impacted the lives of millions of people, around the globe, is facing a difficult road. And […]

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO

That’s the title of my book released exclusively through SimpleTruths.com in February of this year.  I’ve just learned that the title has been in their top ten titles for three months in a row. Today they are offering my book […]

Yoga Incredulousity – A Modern Syndrome

I remember, a few sizes back, trying several different yoga instructors.  Each instructor gently guided me to the back corner of the room.  I never knew if that was to protect me in my earnest efforts from snickers or to […]

Your Dreams Must Grow With You

Your dreams must grow with you. A friend wrote me after yesterday’s post and said it had never occurred to her that she needed to allow her dreams to grow along with her. Certainly there are fundamental structures in our […]

Stalled Friendships and Faltering Dreams

I’ve just finished reading CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese.  This single sentence, “The tragedy of death had to do entirely with what was left unfulfilled.”  His whole book weaves around the irony of the cost of an unrealized dream […]

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Kate Middleton’s New Role – Army Wife

The new Princess may have more in common with thousands of American women than is first evident. After all the fuss and flurry of an exceptionally celebrated Royal Wedding…she returns to a small town to fulfill a serious calling, that […]

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week

Miss Albers. Mrs. Burbano. Mrs. Schatz, Mrs. Haygarth, Mr. O’Brien, Ms. Newell, Mr. Hammock, Mrs. Sparks, Mrs.  Schukart, Ms. Disney… Name them.  Go ahead.  Just recollect the teachers that steered you, directed you, challenged you into becoming the WHO that […]

Osama bin Laden Is Dead

The repercussions of this news will ring throughout the world. I said to my husband last, “This is so very odd to experience such relief and gratitude at someone’s death.”  Such feelings are outside my experience.  I was trained as […]

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The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA
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Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends
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THE WHOLE-HEARTED LIFE by Susyn Reeve
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 »

WHEN DO YOU LEAVE?
from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE (2007 Conari Press, Mary Anne Radmacher, author)  “Know When To Leave” It was time for me to leave. What I was leaving was so delicious in its appearance. The opportunity to be a part-time hero is ...

posted 2:38:44pm Apr. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Editing: It's Not Just For Writing
"Editing. It's Not Just For Writing." I've spent much of my writing time since I was 28 trying to get rid of words. Editing down. Paring down. Getting to the core. I woke up this morning clear on the matter: that is what I am doing with the ...

posted 11:44:53am Mar. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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