Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures


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I've been creating and contributing to the gift and publishing industry for thirty years. My work is often identified by my proprietary, dancing lettering. I am most known for my poem beginning, "Courage doesn't always roar..."I am approaching a dozen published books and continue to create, write, craft and inspire myself and others. I'm passionate about making the world a more healthy, inspired, safe place and take small actions, daily, toward that goal. I have always believed that one person can and does make a difference.

I Was Shocked…

…when my friend, sitting across our table in tears, said, “I haven’t had to change anything in twenty five years.  I’m not sure how to do this.” I practiced my hard listening skills.  I nodded.  I embraced every word she […]


Gardening Is Prayer


A Moving Target

I like to call my obligations, requirements, promises, “things to Do,” – Targeted Completion Dates. Years ago I stopped using the phrase, “deadlines,” for many reasons.  Not only do I react to the history of the word and how it […]


from LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO… “IT IS more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” – Mabel Newcomer –


Surprising power…

Failure. What is It?

An Exciting New “Illumination”

Let me share what Dr. Deanna Davis had to say today,   “I am SO EXCITED! We have just announced the release of our brand new line of inspirational posters and affirmation cards! Applied Insight is now the exclusive distributor […]

Love Letter.

Should you always be “nice?”

Only in your heart can you determine when being “nice” doesn’t serve yours and the greater good. Sometimes, cutting to the harshest truth is essential.  Sometimes?  Only you know when.

Appreciation Lasts


Who Walks Ahead of You?

How Do You Change Your Life?

To change one’s life… 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions. William James Quoted in LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO



know when to leave…

IN LIFETIME Achievement: aWord!

A Prayer When Uncertain

Oscar Wilde “Got It.”

Pay Attention

Is It All About You?

A Prayer With A Thank You

Dear God, You know my Heart.  You know my Needs. You know my Ways. My prayers are often framed as a mirror. A prayer not to remind You but to reflect to me the many Promises you grace me with. […]


DOESN’T ALWAYS ROAR.  From banners over firehouse doors after September 11, 2001, to the covers of cancer patient journals…my poem about courage goes around the globe. courage doesn’t always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of […]

mary anne’s notebook – another peek!

Do you allow YOUR favorite proverb or saying to be demonstrated by your daily life?

mary anne’s notebook

Stand tall and believe in your instincts.


First Words of February

These are the words out of “Mary Anne’s Notebook” that I intend to guide me in the mnth. If you had four word for the TWENTY NINE days in February, what would they be?  

State of the Union

It’s Friday – Hat’s Off To You!

My simple joy to share with you today is this:   REMEMBER WHAT MATTERS?  …DO THAT.   mary anne radmacher

The Mayan Calendar and Your Day

This is the most practical commentary on the year 2012 that I’ve read yet. I’ve received Janet Conner’s permission to share it with you here.  And you can read more of Janet’s viable and actionable work in the world at […]

An Artful Opportunity

What I Know…

\”What I Know…\”

The Festival Of Lights

Remember Your Friends


What’s On Your List?

How Do You Study?

What Stories Do You Repeat?

What Is the Speed of JOY?

Can You?

No Regret

Everything Is Possible

Take Good Care of Yourself

The True Fast

It’s Time

Do You Desire to Inspire?

Get your hands on this book. Quick.  Soon as you can!.  

What Matters Most?

The Courage to Try Again…

A Reminder

Live With Intention

YOU Are A Masterpiece

The Courtesy of a Response Requested

Choose Your Orbit


Opportunity = Noticing

Honoring Veterans

“No one can ever write a full account of the wars that were never fought, the losses that were never suffered, the tears that were never shed because the men and women of the United States Military risked their lives […]


What ARE Your Rules?

Where Are Yours?

Pick Your Playground!

A Reminder and a Gift

Eleven Affirmations Toward Emotional Freedom

Today ! I am prepared to be accountable to my goals, to my nutritional and health needs, to the awareness of my breathing. I love and approve of myself. I forgive myself for that which I’ve done (and would rather […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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. […]

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 – 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? […]


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 […]


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 […]

The DO in DOne…

This is the January page from my 2012 Datebook/planner.  It is available for sale at and at Conventional wisdom dictates that if we take small steps toward a large dream or project…those small steps of DOing will eventually […]

Standing Out…

5 Ways To Stay Connected to Far Away Friends

12 Things to Remember When A Friend’s in Crisis

Family as Friend…

Appreciate Your Friends


“Because I Said So.”

Three Ways to be Sure of Your Path

The Answer is Yes

Six Ways To Walk Your Word

Seven Ways To Remain Calm

25 Ways LEARNING Contributes To a Meaningful Life

I was still a tot when I asked my mother the first question she couldn’t answer.  She sent me to the Library where I discovered the wonder of independent study and learning. Years after, when the President of a regional […]

What Did You Want to Be/Do When You Grew Up?

What Did YOU Want to be/do When You Grew Up? Anyone in the United States that gets a glimpse of a television or hears snippets of radio or cable audio casts knows that Beyonce is a talented singer.  The more […]

7 Ways to Show Respect to a Kid

No Such Thing as “Just A Kid.” Or  Seven Things to Do to Honor a Kid as a Growing Human I pegged the kid at eleven.  Eleven years old.  He was offering an alternative purchasing option to his mother as […]

10 Things That Make an AWESOME day

  Regardless of the story that might surround it, when these ten elements are present in large part or in total on any given day – the day can’t help but be awesome.   Enthusiasm  Begin each day as if […]

5 Meaningful Alternatives to the Question, “What Do you Do for A Living?”

  You know exactly what I mean.  You are at an orientation, a conference, a coffee shop.  You’ve met someone who seems interesting and interested in talking.  What’s one of the first questions?  “What do you do for a living?”  […]

Our Way of Being

Perspective: Fresh Eyes

Forgiveness Begins Within

Daily Forgiveness

Remember to Pray…

It’s Friday – Consider a New View of “week end”

Geo Caching As A Metaphor

Geo caching is a little over a decade old and it’s lit sparks of inspiration all over the world.  In its short life geo caching has gathered over 5 million participants world wide. I have always played with metaphor as […]

An Artful Grace for Wednesday

Our thinking should have a vigorous fragrance, like a wheat field on a summer’s night.  – Friedrich Nietzsche – The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.  […]

“Because I Said So!”

World Youth officially ended two days ago.  Did it escape your notice?  Perhaps if you are not closely associated with the Catholic community you didn’t even know there WAS a World Youth Day. (And besides, it’s a bit misleading…because the […]

Sing it out, “Monday, Monday…”

In Honor of Bill Clinton’s Birthday…

I intended to provide an unexpected kindness on this day – the celebration of William Jefferson Clinton’s 65th birthday.  Random kindness where there is a real need.  The only thing more “clinton-esque” would be purposeful informed kindness where there is […]

Rise UP!

How To Make Friends

Enjoy these quotes from my book on friendship: US! Celebrating the Power of Friendship Stand often in the company of dreamers…They tickle your common sense and believe you can achieve things which appear impossible.  mary anne radmacher Smiles are wordless […]

I’ll Take That CUP of CAN’T without the T…

It was my second Saturday that I sat with the small group of knitters.  Once my good friend learned that my passionate interest in knitting was going to “stick” she invited me to be a part of this long-standing group […]

a fresh look at my author site

Thanks for the attention you pay to me, here.  And I hope you’ll find some fresh inspiration at my author site: I’ve put into practice the “what if i pretended this was easy?” question and have grown increasingly comfortable […]

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar…

I used to write at a local coffee establishment. “The Beanery.” They were mad for coffee and the bulk of the baristas were passionate about all things coffee. There was a way to tell: their passion translated into the perfect […]

Weather Backwards?

I listened to my friend as she railed.  Complained. Yes – whined.  And expressed anger at the utter unfairness of it all.  What was she talking about?  The Weather.   It’s backwards!  It’s all wrong!  It’s not fair! Across the world […]

Oh the Sea –

Wild and inviting, is She.   “By the Sea…an easy home is found.”  mar

Compassion and Kindness.

Compassion. Kindness. Both are qualities that increase in capacity by exercise.  The more you demonstrate these qualities the stronger their expression becomes in your life The Practiced Pause.  This is a tool I use  and teach on.  It only takes […]

Magic In YOUR Day

MAGIC: every crevice of our day is stuffed with mystery, unknown capacities and magic that is not fully understood.  mary anne radmacher  

Your PERSONAL Dow Jones Average

What’s Your PERSONAL “Dow Jones” Average? I remember the arguments with CFO, Gene Rager, as vividly as if they were yesterday.  He posited that labor was the only thing worth anything: of any monetary value whatsoever.  Every attempt I made […]

FROM my newest line, “God asked me…

to tell you this.”  You can see and order all these new pieces on my author site:  

Overcoming Obstacles

“How do you DO it?” she demanded. Her tone was a mix of incredulity and anger.  I didn’t know what to say.  I remained silent, anticipating she would tip her hand a bit further with the opportunity.  Indeed, she did. […]

August’s Wake Up Call…

August is the gentle nudge at your shoulder in case you have been sleeping through your 2011 years of dreams and visions and aspirations. “Wake up! C’mon,wake up,” is the voice of August stirring you in to a certain realization.  […]


The country road crew has an ambitious project before them.  So much road repair and only a small window of perfect weather in which to do it. These are hard working professionals.  Their equipment is top notch. They have decades […]

“God Wanted Me To Tell You This…”

Are You Listening?

“What SHE Said…”

Perfectly expressed by my fellow writer, Ellen Lambert (who blogs at EllenOutLoud at  I woke up hearing the words, “Children don’t like it when their parents fight.”  Ellen captures this sentiment perfectly. I grew up in a family where […]

Can There Be Peace in Your Home?

What to do?  What to do after hearing the President plead for cooperation and putting the needs of the country first?  What to do after watching a dysfunctional Obama/Boehner face off in prime time?  How to answer your growing anxiety […]


See this picture?  I am certain it is apparent to you that it should be vertical rather than horizontal.  It is apparent to me, too.  I’ve edited.  Flipped.  Turned. Saved. Rinsed. Repeated.  And the demonstration piece meant as a visual […]

Maybe We Need to Remember…

Everything we learned in Kindergarten!   I remember my kindergarten room was all about cooperation, community and acceptance.  Sharing. Doing things independently and then learning how to do them together.  “Hands are for making things, not for hitting.”   “That’s okay […]

Wednesday Encouragement

If you need this message, particularly, print it out.  It’s a gift from me to you.

The Tone of a Dragonfly is a Purposeful…

Calm. Yesterday, after a full creative day at my bench, I took on the task of five off-island errands.  Which meant organizing myself for a ferry trip and getting to five establishments before their night time close.  Since I started […]

Virginia Woolf Said, “No need to sparkle…

no need to shine.”  The dragonfly disagrees. The iridescent sparkle of the dragonfly is disarming to many of its predators. The conclusion is easily drawn!  Particularly in business, women are encouraged to flail themselves into the competitive fray of business […]

The Reflective Mirror of a Dragonfly’s Wings

Today I am going to imagine what those highly efficient and beautiful wings might reflect to me if I were able to “read” their iridescent shine.  Imagine with me…. A message for you from the dragonfly… You cannot become perfect. Because […]

Lessons FLY Past You at 45 MPH

In THIS case, the lesson that might be flying past you is a Dragonfly. The dragonfly is capable of reaching speeds upwards of 45 miles per hour. Yes, that little thing.  That prehistoric, perfectly aerodynamic shiney, little thing.  And it […]

My Case for the Dragonfly

Over the coming few days I’m going to make a case for the dragonfly as a model for modern behavior. I am utterly taken with all the lessons the dragonfly holds for me and I hope you will find some […]

Share with Your Washington State Friends!

I will be in the historic barn with other working artists demonstrating a wide variety of art techniques.   Share the opportunity for a fun day with your friends in Washington State!  It’s lovely on Whidbey Island this time of […]

A Blessing for you on Monday

before you:  promise. behind you: presence. beneath you: integrity. around you: source. within you: joy. may what you see be what you wish.  may what you know serve you well.  may what you sing bring kindness to others. may all […]

Hail, Atlantis!

I can date my life by where I was in various Shuttle launches.  The wonder with which they were greeted in my childhood has chilled somewhat for the generation that has seen so many technological advances.  I hear many people […]

Experiment Turns Into Experience

  My experiment using Carmen Torbus’s book, THE ARTIST UNIQUE, has turned into a wonderful experience.   I used her book, internet resources, and the advice of friends to explore this entirely new medium.  I invited a good friend of […]

Questions for the “Self-Taught Artist” Carmen Torbus

Today I’ll share the rest of my interview with Carmen Torbus, author/editor of THE ARTIST UNIQUE.    I am providing another perspective through the view and questions of my friend and fellow artist, Christine Mason Miller.  Her interview with Carmen […]

Hammered Copper, Paul Revere and July 4

I marveled aloud as I worked on my party favor for our Independence Day gathering.  I am quite fond of learning details of the lives of our founders…and I pondered that I was using essentially the same tools and methods […]

One Day Everything Shifted…

All through high school I wrote in my journal, “I want to be an artist.” I kept writing it through my first several jobs after high school  Somewhere in the midst of becoming the Director of Public Relations at a […]

The LEARNING Part of the Curve

I’ve addressed the unseen nature of the “curve.”  Now I’ll share about the learning part.  What Jenn did with her content on polymer clay and what Carmen did by offering it in a beautiful book was to get me curious.  […]

How Do You HONOR the Learning Curve?

There is a period of time for everyone that is called the learning curve.  Curve.  You can’t see around the edge of a curve, but you do know something is there.  Something just waiting for you to round that bend. […]

LOOK What I Made! Ugly Lumps! Yay.

These are pictures of Carmen Torbus! She’s the author of the book I’m writing about this week. Carmen Torbus is a self-taught mixed media artist and workshop leader from Port St. Lucie, FL.  Self proclaimed bliss follower, big dreamer and […]

Are You Lucky Enough To Have A Friend Like This?

You are one lucky soul if you have just one friend like this. A friend to whom you would answer, “YES,” without reservation, before you even know what the question is.   If you do indeed have such a friend […]


Carmen Torbus, in her book, THE ARTIST UNIQUE, encourages everyone with the impulse to create to REACH.  Reach beyond their comfort zone. Reach beyond what they know or think they know…and explore what MIGHT BE.  That is an impulse that […]

THE ARTIST UNIQUE by Carmen Torbus

Carmen Torbus.  A name familiar to me through industry peers.  In the last year Carmen and I have become more familiar with each other as friends on Facebook.  Her just-released first book was a real celebration.  I was intrigued on […]


Summer Solstice

Calendar and our awareness of the clicks of the seconds on a timepiece are all structures which we have built.  They are agreements we have made with the larger “other” of our communities so that trains can pass and have […]

A Monday Gift for You

THIS Friday Night…

The swirl of attention for the sixteen minutes of fame generated over the internet sensation “last Friday night” has me amused and a little puzzled.  That our internet culture elevates  a run-away “youtube hit” featuring drug and alcohol induced memory-fog, […]

Quotes on Friendship – And a Gift for You to Share…

The following quotes on friendship are taken from my brand new book:   US! CELEBRATING THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It’s available signed and personalized at my author site: maryanneradmacher.NET   Stand often in the company of dreamers…they tickle your common sense […]

Calls for Resignation

It’s in every news cast.  The latest on Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal sext scandal. Sext.  A new word delivered to us via advances in technology.  The merging of sex and text.  The phenomenon began in the younger demographic of our […]

Secretary Gates Wishes the Army Happy 236th birthday

And so do I.  Like Secretary Gates I also want to honor the families who serve their country by staying at home and standing by their family member’s decision to serve in the Military.  Those families serve our country and […]

The Day I Flew with the Birds…

My friend, Ellen, writes a Blog at Braveheart Women’s web site called ELLENOUTLOUD. This morning she wrote about almost going parasailing.  I relived the time that I did. I was a guest of two dear friends.  We were enjoying lunch […]

Nesting in Home

For those feeling overwhelmed, or taken with the idea of experiencing a short sabbatical I can suggest an awesome destination for restoration and rejuvenation: home.  Not “home” with the HONEY-DO list and laundry and dishes, and dust under the sofa… […]


Sabbatical.  It’s tossed around a lot.  What IS it?  What does it mean? If you are Tawana -it might mean ducking out of the heat of the politics of Botswana. If you are Eastern Oregon Pastor, Marc Mullins, it might […]

Visiting Washington In MID JULY?

Please share this with friends who might be visiting Washington State the later portion of July. I will be among several artists and craftspeople demonstrating their art methodologies.  Come chat, see and enjoy. loganberry festival

A Colorful Response to Physical Overwhelm

Borrowed from my friends at this is poster 27043 and it reads, it’s not a mess. it’s a physical manifestation of a wonderfully complex ability to assess & compartmentalize information.   I was visiting a store owner in St. […]

A Loving Letter to Those Feeling Overwhelmed

My friend wrote me today that she has simply been crying, in a state of being overwhelmed.  So many people I know are telling me they feel close to the “end of their rope.”  For that reason I’ve decided to […]

Someone rendered my words like this…

Have You Something Nice to Say?

Last week I did something for the first time.  I entered the “comment stream” of a review on Amazon. I went on Amazon to check the status of a book several peers in the design industry had recommended  and found […]

Planning Ahead for Restoration and Retreat

I returned a week ago from teaching at Dr. Deanna Davis’s  banner event, WOMANHOOD WEEKEND.  Even though I was faculty and there to teach, I came away over flowing with energy and ideas and new insights.  Dr. Davis reminded us […]

The First DAY of JUNE (and the rest of your life)

It’s June First.  I use the first of every month to create a journal in which I will record the observations and experiences of my life…all month long.  The first of anything is special.  It’s fresh.  It presents new possibilities.  […]

“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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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  

“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 […]


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 […]


That’s the title of my book released exclusively through 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 […]


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 […]

WORDS MATTER: Words. Our world’s are built upon the words we choose to use. History is encompassed in Word. The world was created by Word. Lies are perpetrated and wisdom is shared with Words. The impulse to create inhabits the mystical […]

Have You Had Enough? Raise Your Voice.

Have you seen the bumper sticker that declares, “If you’re not outraged, you are not paying attention?” I’m lucky enough to be associated with many poets. Glenis Redmond among them. She woke me up this morning with her history lesson […]

President Bullied Into Producing Birth Certificate

Here’s how I know I just had an “AHA” moment while on my errands. Alone, in the car, I exclaimed aloud, “Ah-ha! So THAT’s how ordinarily wonderful and typically kind people tolerate bullying at so many levels.” I drove past […]

Storms In Arkanasa

I’ve checked in with my friends in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tales of “just missed” danger, lightning strikes and power failures have me exceptionally thankful for the blue skies outside my windown. My friends are safe. Many others are not. Harm […]

EARTH DAY – How Far We’ve Come

“REALLY?  One more thing to add to an already crammed day,” the busy mother asks as she reviews the suggested Earth Day events sent home with her daughter’s homework assignments. Go gentle into that busy day, dear souls!   Earth […]

HOLY WEEK – An Easter Prayer

  HOLY WEEK: CONTRASTS in Now, Then and Forever   Within seven days… you have  a penchant for saying so much with so little, the Strunk and White of Elemental Spirit, You teach brevity and economy of expression. In seven […]

Holy Wednesday

For some, today is simply Wednesday. If you celebrate Easter in its cultural capacity it’s less than five days left to feather the nests of traditional grass in the Easter baskets. And for those whose systems invite them to a […]


It takes courage to let go of weighty parts of your past. It takes courage to find your own voice.  It takes COURAGE to reinvent joys. from “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar” by mary anne radmacher


“I was just kidding.” “Don’t take it so seriously, I was just foolin’ around.” How many times do you hear those words?  How many times do you say those words? I am an advocate of many writing practices.  Every one […]

A Prayer in the Midst of Chaos and Political Divides

Dear God, As I hold in my hand this next, small, utterly unexpected miracle, I know whom to thank. Thank You. Thank you for all the ways that you bless my life, soul, heart, view and being. Thank you for […]

You May Be The One Voice To Make A Difference

Years ago I wrote, “What is a voice if it remains silent against leagues of tyranny?” Today, I heard from one of the deployed soldiers that my husband and I have “adopted.”  We send supportive packages and letters to him […]

Companion To Reality

You promise yourself. “THIS is the day. This is the day I am going to remain positive.” Or, “THIS is the day I am not going to complain.” And then, five minutes after you show up at work, you’re filling […]

Position Number #3

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO premiered in its first month as the number 2 best seller at Number two. Right out of the gate. In it’s second month it holds the #3 position. If I were an Olympic competitor […]

Life Lessons In Chocolate

That sounds good, doesn’t it? I recalled one of my former employees loved these little chocolate bites that were wrapped in colorful foil with sage advice printed on the inside. We could always tell when she’d devoured a sweet bite […]

crows, crowns and pointy hats

Sure to draw a chuckle from my friend and graphic designer was my emphatic promise upon delivering illustrations, “I promise! None of them will have crowns on their heads.” This, of course, was a sweet little industry joke we shared […]

Be prepared for the unexpected at library book sales.

All my friend, Shelley had to do was ask, “What’s your favorite read?” That did me in. I didn’t mean to take the turn to the Library. I didn’t know today was the library’s book sale. Succulent, luscious, seducing books […]

In the Midst of Libyan Unrest, Dancing with the Stars and

someone, again, suing Oprah for something…the news goes on. The days unfold. There is trouble in the world. Hey. There’s trouble in my world. Chatter. Noise. Conflict. Opportunities and fast paced moments fly so fast we miss catching them. Someone […]

Masaru Emoto’s prayer for the Fukushima Nuclear Plant,

Dr. Masaru Emoto is calling for a Water Ceremony for Japan ( which is really for the whole world)– this Thursday. See below. Day and Time: March 31st, 2011 (Thursday) 12:00 noon in each time zone Please say the following […]

Sweet Treatment for Yourself!

One of the significant advantages in guiding people through my Focus Phrase™ process is reading rich and tender work. Each person brings their unique voice to the process. And every once in awhile I get to celebrate that voice in […]

Your Personal Periodic Table

If there was a Periodic Table of YOUR ELEMENTS – what would your elements be?

Widen Our Hearts

Our heart widens for those in conflict and disaster in our world…to those wholeave their normal posts and travel to serve.  Our military angels offering aid,those NGO’s whose sole mission is to give water, food, wash clothes, tendanimals in in […]

Sing What You Know

Please let this image remind and inspire you to SING Your Own Song!  This will soon be available as a limited series through my author site: if you would like to have a copy of your own.

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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 ...

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The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA

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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 ...

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