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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

October 2011 Archives

A Gift, A Teacher and No Accident

Monday October 24. You are in some section of the progress of this day. This is a canvas book mark created by Christine Mason Miller (also known as Swirly Girl). This day is no accident. It is a gift. It […]

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My Dear Friend…

I will always think of one million zinnias when I look at this illustration for my book, US! CELEBRATING THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP. I asked my friend, Kathleen, to help me choose between several very colorful illustration s of mine.  […]

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I’d Do Anything for You, Dear…

If you are blessed, there are a few friends in your life for whom you would do just about anything.  And, then, when it was all over, you might be inclined to say, “It wasn’t a big deal…it’s my friend. […]

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How do you welcome your friend? Do you have qualifications?  Do your friends know that they can approach on certain levels, but not others? The friends that hold open their arms and embrace you, no matter what, are the friends […]

US! Celebrating the Power of Friendship

This is the OFFICIAL premier week of my latest book, US! Celebrating the Power of Friendship.  I’ve been dreaming about writing a book on friendship since I was nineteen years old.  I waited a few decades to more fully inform […]

Let Your Light Shine

Epiphany exists beyond the realm of reason. -mary anne radmacher – We do not cease to play because we grow old.  We grow old because we cease to play. – George Bernard Shaw – It isn’t the great big pleasures […]

Something I Learned From My Dog

None of us knew that Judah was ailing with a lung cancer.  Everyone that was fortunate enough to know my big black labrador retriever, Judah, just watched and learned. Didn’t matter how far from home we were, didn’t matter if […]

Words of Grace

Take a moment today to extend a quiet grace to yourself.  Perhaps you have been a little hard on yourself lately.  When your to do list is longer than your day, it’s easy to be critical of your own efforts.  […]

Are You On Fire?

I’ve said, “If I’m not on fire, it’s not urgent.” I mean it.  And I repeat that to myself on a weekly basis.  It is so easy to get wrapped up into a false sense of immediacy.  Another set of […]

It’s Monday: Just Breathe

When I feel like I have to brace myself for the start of the week…I remind myself of all the folks who don’t have the opportunity of another Monday.  It’s a perspective shifter for me, almost instantly. Just breathe. When […]

Fill Up Your Medicine Cabinet While You Are Well

In my book, LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO, published and available exclusively through simpletruths.com – I suggest that you craft your own list of secret medicines. What is healing for you?  What restores your waning energy?  What lifts your spirits? […]

ONE MORE THING

Anyone who has followed Steve Jobs with any consistency recognizes the phrase, “one more thing.”  Oh, how we were delighted after his breath taking “next thing” announcements to hear him pause and then say, “But there IS one more thing.” […]

Secret Medicines…

What are your secret medicines? What are the tools and practices that you can pull out when you are feeling under the weather, overwhelmed or a little run down? These are a few of mine and they are featured in […]

What is in Your Life Pharmacy?

If you could read the metaphorical labels of the cabinet that you open when you need to care for yourself – what would those labels read? In my book, LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO, I share my secret medicines. Here […]

IF…

We all have a different kind of relationship to the concept of “IF.” For some people, “IF” is frightening.  For others IF represents the best possibilities that lIFe has to offer.   This reflection on IF is borrowed from my […]

Uncover Your Hidden Talent

One of my greatest joys has been watching a friend of mine go from claiming she hasn’t a creative bone in her body – to giving outstanding, beautiful gifts to her friends and family…that she has made! It took her […]

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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 »

"In Case of Emergency..."
There are two lines that people have to fill out when enrolling in school, in a new program, camp, new doctor... "Nearest relative."   "Person to call in case of emergency." In LIVE BOLDLY I explore several sides of the concept of ...

posted 3:38:18pm Mar. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Wondering About Racism, Jingoism and All The Other ISMS
Conversation around equality is uncomfortable. To begin with.  This is not a fresh circumstance. Equality has been a core component of conflict over the ages. Race. Age. Gender. Belief. Economic state. Land ownership. Ownership of all sorts.  ...

posted 10:57:09am Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

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