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October 2011 Archives

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 […]

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.  […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]