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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 […]

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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 […]

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: […]

“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 […]

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.  It is disturbing […]

Do You Hate House Work?

I formalized an approach to house making last year. An approach I’d inadvertently applied (willy nilly) for many years.  I created a set of cards (that I offered in a bundle) titled THREE MINUTES, Seven Minutes and ELEVEN MINUTES.  Those […]

Remember and Do What Matters

Remember and Do What Matters Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99 February 1  – 22, 2015 You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You really do! In the MUCH of daily living, it’s […]

What ARE You Waiting For?

There are many practical reasons to wait.  Wait for a more auspicious time. For better funding. Ha! for ANY funding! For broader education or more deepened networked connections.  The temptation is to wait until all of those elements align.  Perfectly.  […]

Grace In Contrasts: Rest and Restoration

It’s a short walk between Rest and Restoration. At 4 AM this morning I knew I was not going to be going back to sleep. My first appointment in the day was three hours and fifteen minutes away. I had […]

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar…sometimes it has to ask for help.

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

Everyone comes to a time in their work or life when they would benefit from help.  This is my time. I am asking for your support and sharing of this significant Kickstarter Campaign.

Your Vote Matters

IF YOU ARE TEMPTED to think casting a vote doesn’t matter…think on this:  Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, was the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi (1965).  She said in I DREAM A […]

Do You Dread Your Monday?

Maybe this is the week you ask a little of your employer. Or a lot! Mondays come with a sense of dread for a lot of people. Numbers of people haul their hips to a job they hate, and do […]

A LIFELONG Leadership Story

Taken from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE, Conari Press, 2007, Mary Anne Radmacher From early in my childhood I heard my father recount a story which typified his management and leadership style. The building in which he was a graveyard-shift […]

REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS

Upset About the Hobby Lobby / Supreme Court Decision

Or, are you celebratory of the decision?  In any event, people often inquire what can one person do about such large matters? I offer a sixty word summary first and then in 1051 words I explore more deeply.  My perspective […]

Is There Such A Thing as an Ordinary Day?

I found myself looking about the tasks of my day and I casually assessed, “Well, this is just an ordinary day.” I immediately countered that observation.  June 25, 2014.  Unrepeatable.  Never to be seen again. These seconds,as they sweep past, […]

What Can You Do to Stop Gun Violence?

Pay attention to what the Brady Bill people are doing on June 21: ASK the question.  Share with your neighbors, family and school.  And then, ask the question and DO something about the answer.  

Mass Shootings

   

Seattle Pacific University

When the sirens went off we were always startled, we wee ones,  just first, second and third graders  in our wing of the old school (it was old even then, decades ago). I knew I didn’t fully grasp the nature […]

Listen To Music In Between Times

There are times that are neither THERE, yet, Or HERE,  quite.  They are the in between things that feel a little unsettling. Without prayer, there are hymns. Minus promise, there is melody. Without enthusiasm, the march moves feet forward. In […]

What is Mary Anne Radmacher doing these days?

What To Do on the Second Day of the New Year?

2014

Still I Pray…

COURAGE DOESN’T ALWAYS ROAR book review

Kayla, following the model for an effective review, asked me minimal questions and submitted her first book review.  Kayla, who processes the grief of losing her sister when she was a youngster, has turned to conventional poetry to understand her […]

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Gratitude for You.

Childhood Stories

I recognize that I can tell the stories of my childhood in ways that give wings to these days. It’s my story. I can tell it any way I want. My friend, Frankie Kiehl, told me repeatedly as she lay […]

Living the Dream

http://startsomethingnj.risingtidecapital.org/vote_public_social_health.html#vote   That’s where you’ll go to vote for the FOOD FOR THE SOUL TRAIN project of Amy Tingle Williamson and Maya Stein.  These two wordsmiths and artists have a vintage trailer fully equipped with their inspiration to draw out […]

Put RADMACHER on your November Calendar if you are

near Seattle, WA;  Centralia, WA or Portland, OR…..Here’s how…   Write in Radmacher on your November Calendar Womanhood Success Summit                    Give Wings to Your Dreams November 8 – 9, 2013, Friday/Saturday at the Embassy Suites SeaTac (Tukwila, Washington) This one-day […]

Operating at 100% is NOT Always the Best Choice

Perhaps this is near someone you know…

Grief, Heart Real Estate and One Day at a Time

Yes, I grasped when the doctor assessed, “Your brother has the fastest growing cancer that we have identified to date.”  I understand the word  fast.  And fastest.  I am familiar with cancer around the edges of it.  To take those […]

Whatcha Pourin’ Today?

Speak Gently to Yourself

Remembering Yourself Back to What Matters

Or perhaps it is remembering yourself FORWARD to what matters! Remember and Do What Matters Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99 September 1 – 22 You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You […]

For Your Friends Near Eugene, Oregon

Design Your Life Camp

When was the last time you received gifts that you truly wanted and were exceptionally useful? This Christmas (yes, my circle of neighbor girls and I are ALREADY talking about the Holidays because we are “planners.”)we are giving each other […]

An Overheard Prayer

In my office, answering mail, adding to the list for the day, I hear my neighbor and his father under my second story window. “Do you have everything you need for the tests, Dad?” I couldn’t hear his answer. “Is […]

Here’s a Site I Recommend To You…

http://thousandshadesofgray.com/2013/06/08/self-compassion-saturday-mary-anne-radmacher/      

Fill Your Cup

REMEMBER. Do What Matters.

Begins June 1.   REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS. Jane K, an author, wrote after she REMEMBERed, “I am a firecracker in Maryanne’s classes. She lights the fuse and the explosion that follows against a night sky is full of color […]

An Exit Too Soon? Can You Stay The Course for One More Exit?

Taking an exit too soon. When we were first together, my husband  did all the driving. We were moving to areas that neither of us were familiar.  We did not have a GPS and with my directional dyslexia, me co-piloting […]

What Did You Love Doing When You Were A Child?

I loved singing. I sang sungs I’d been taught. I sang songs that sprang from my heart and experience that I hadn’t learned anywhere but in my own soul. And that was a very long time ago.  Now, decades later…I have the […]

My Social Media Compass Points

I’ve engaged in research and conversation. I’ve contemplated my work and my words and their place at the social media table.  These measures/questions the result of my reflection: Mary Anne Radmacher’s Social Media Compass Points Does it inspire, encourage, assist […]

In Honor of Commander Hadfield and two peers hurling back to earth from space

Did you know that the International Space Station is circling our globe, repeatedly?  It’s amazing science.  I honor their accomplishments with poetry: For the Starman, Chris Hadfield how does this earth footed being comprehend the impulse to sit among the […]

Remember and Do What Matters on line process for June

Every One Can Be Celebrated on Mother’s Day

Contribute Good

What Shall You Do?

The Top of Your Hill…

What’s Your Why?

What Do You Teach Others About You

Now or Then?

You’re At Home – Happy Earth Day!

What’s Up, Cupcake?

“Again”

there is blood on the ground. there is more blood on the ground. the mothers are weeping.   again. the fathers are grieving. steeling those sobs which will only come when they feel safe to weep.           again. there is […]

“Just Americans”

Is There a BIG MUCH in YOUR LIFE?

Watch Carefully

WRITE (Right) To Make A Difference

REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS. 22 Days and three Action Blocks to help you remember yourself back to doing what matters.  Combining three of my most impacting processes  produces stellar results for participants.  Moderate feedback, two real time consults (google, […]

What Do You Give Up for Poetry in Your Life?

Standing and Praying for Boston

Boston Marathon Grief

I don’t have to know the who, how or why to grieve the harm done at the Boston Marathon. I weep.  I hurt.  I ache for the pain of the Sandy Hook parents who were there to run 26 miles […]

What Is Possible?

Mary Anne’s Next on line Guided Process

Begins May 1.   REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS is divided into three action blocks. On line with one, maybe two Skype calls or google hangouts.  The first week follows a model called Radmacher Focus Phrase™. Prose writers…you can do this […]

What Do I Like About YOU?

Poetry…

Listen to Mary Anne with the “Introverted Entrepreneur.”

click here:  http://theintrovertentrepreneur.com/2013/04/10/quiet-courage-a-conversation-with-mary-anne-radmacher/

Poetry.

“Some Ideas”

This piece is available for a short period of time as a signed and numbered edition.  You may contact me if you would like more information.  It’s a piece in which I collected many of my attitude “reset” ideas. And […]

What Does Flexibility Have to do with Play?

What Do You Demand Of Your Own Life?

OWN YOUR LIFE Because You Know…

 

Own Your Life

Why Do You Seek Him Here?

Why do you look for him here?  He is not here.  He is risen.   New Testament Luke 24 I’m rooted in the construct of Christianity.  Absolutely.  My parents used it as reprieve and auto baby-sitter.  I didn’t have to walk […]

Just Start Laughing Now…

Do What You Love

Love Needs No Defense. Love Is Defense Enough.

Does Travel Change You?

Own Your Life – No Regret.

Stock Your Own Pharmacy

A Bird Flies…

Wish for Well-being

Hit The Road!

Remember and Do What Matters

Remember and Do What Matters Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99 March 25 through April 14 You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You really do! In the MUCH of daily living, it’s easy […]

What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

A Traditional Irish Blessing dancing on the page with color and my lettering.

Womanhood Weekend with mary anne radmacher/Dr. Deanna Davis

Dr. Deanna Davis and I are busily planning an array of Womanhood Weekend deliciousness for you! (April 26 – 27 – 28, in Seattle, WA)  In the meantime, we wanted to invite you to join us for one (or all!) […]

Appreciate Your Friends

They THINK It’s the Higgs Boson

Failure Can Be A Gift…

If You Would….

Do You Breathe Easily By The Sea?

What Do You Do When You Watch Your Friend “Learning?”

My friend, Caren, was watching me as I learned a new platform upon which to build my website.  She checked in through out the day, she helped with editing text and making lay out suggestions.  All she did throughout the […]

What’s Your “Diploma?”

What Matters To You?

Do Practice Wellness.

Playing…

Inspired Leadership…

Play Is Powerful.

This Time…OPEN Your Eyes…

Listen Hard.

What Are The Edges in Your Life?

Lead or Follow A Leader

What Matters To You Most?

Life Begins When You Do

Do You Make Glorious Mistakes?

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad…

Does Luck Help?

The Biggest Problem With Success?

The Problem With Success…

Do You Feel Like An Imposter?

ONE BILLION RISING.

Are You Having Problems With Success?

What Are You Excited About?

Where Are YOUR Rights?

Do You Have ANY Idea of What You Want?

What’s Next On Your List? Do You HAVE A List?

When Was The Last Time You Walked Down The Street Naked?

Not literally, of course.  Laws and civility discourage such things.  Metaphorically my friend, Eileen, did just that last week.  Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s words in a commencement address he delivered, she shared a poem that was impacting and deeply personal.  […]

You say MISTAKE as if it’s a Bad Thing…

Most of the key lessons of my life have risen from what appeared, at the time, to be a dreadful mistake. Or, more accurately said, what appeared, in the immediate looking back, to be a mistake.  Or A “Failure.”  My […]

What’s LOVE Got to Do With It?

It’s timelessly been said that if you love the labor of your hands – you’ll never “work” a day in your life.  I believe that work and the concept of work has been maligned.  Work and play are natural partners.  […]

How Does Hope Fly?

Do You Have A Career or a List of Aspirations?

Neil Gaiman addressed the graduating class of the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia on May 17, 2012.  His words are exceptionally relevant to me in my life and career (after 35 artful years).  Perhaps they are even more relevant […]

Do You Have ANY Idea What You Are To DO?

What Is Restricting You?

Paying Good Words Forward

Neil Gaiman, a man known to me through his novel, AMERICAN GODS.  I’ve not followed his work.  Until recently.  Michelle Fairchild, a “cosmic cowgirl,” forwarded a commencement address that Gaiman delivered to The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, on […]

You Deserve A Love Letter

You Have Everything You Need

Do You Feel Like A Victim?

Value Diversity

One Person (YOU) Makes a Difference

Find Your Voice and then Raise It

WHAT Are You Paying Attention To?

Richard Bianco, Inaugural Poem

You Decide Who Gets to Be Called “Family”

Is Love A Verb In Your House?

Honor Your Labor

MOVING WITH CHANGE

ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

Possibilities Whisper

Are You Willing?

LOVE FINDS A WAY

A Question of Perspective

PLAY WITH ABANDON

LEAN FORWARD

LIVE WITH INTENTION

 

What’s Pinned to YOUR Bulletin Board?

If THIS were my Last Day

This is the first “working” day of 2013.  I have looked back.  I have looked forward.  I have set my intentions and established my goals/intentions/visions.   In that process, I discovered this essay that was a reflection on what I’ve learned […]

One Approach to Stop Losing Things….

Here is my 2013 Day One Answer to the question I find myself asking at least once a day.  The question? The question always begins with, “Now, WHERE did I put my___________(fill in appropriate item in blank).” I’ve cleared a […]

2013 SunRise Wishes

May YES come to you easily in 2013. May HOPE AND VISION adorn the skies of your days.  May your mountain peaks show you Your Capacity to imagine, to know Grace and to Experience JOY. In your daily paths may […]

The Nation Weeps With You

Hanukkah Blessing

Let Your Light So Shine…

Santa’s Everywhere…

Spirit of the Season – Remembering Those We Miss

I wish you’d been with me the day I saw Santa I know she looked like a postal clerk to people zipping by. I was sure you’d know what I knew the instant I saw her try to brighten an […]

Forward as One

Remember.

In Memory of Amanda Todd

Do you know a young lady who is considering ending her life?  This is a love letter to her – She is a princess and can be reminded of her value and worth. This features the telephone number of the […]

JUST FOR TODAY

Signs of the Season

I am happy to return after a wonderful, creative sabbatical.  If you would like to see what I have been creating while I have not been writing here….please visit: appliedinsight.net    There will you see all that I have been busily […]

Are You Trying to Get Everything Done Today?

How Do You Study?

What’s Your Speed?

When’s Your “Someday” Coming?

What Do You Hear When You Turn the Volume Down?

Imagine…

In Which Place Do You Live?

What Is Your Responsibility?

What Is Your Compassionate Purpose?

Do You Remember to Celebrate Your Accomplishments?

Is There Room In Your Heart

Thinking of My Truest Friends..

I saw this quote in an email this morning: The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756 – 1791   It brought to mind my circle of dearest friends.  A few […]

“The Thing About Life…”

The astonishing folks at Studio 2911 have inspired me again. I’ll share today’s motivating piece with you –

Admit it…You Know!

Be Like A Butterfly – Transform!

Today’s post is one of many new posters in mary anne radmacher’s Illuminations series available at:   appliedinsight.net  

Philippians 4:8’s Suggestions for Thoughts…

Live With Intention

live with intention.   walk to the edge. listen hard.  practice wellness.  play with abandon. laugh. choose with no regret. continue to learn. appreciate your friends. do what you love. live (love) as if this is all there is.  – mary […]

Are you searching for the right questions?

No man is his craft’s master the first day.   – Proverb – Show him rather the simple man-made things that race after race have fashioned, and that live still, in our sight and near to our hands.  Tell him of […]

He who loves well is consumed in the flames of his love.  – Michelangelo – Pains of love be sweeter far Than all other pleasures are. – Dryden – But to see her was to love her, Love but her, […]

In Your Own Best Company

A people, it appears, may be progressive for a certain length of time, and then stop.  When does it stop?  When it ceases to possess individuality.  – J.S. Mill – Rugged individualism. – Herbert Hoover – What another would have […]

The Root of Compassion is Your Compass

The dew of compassion is a tear.  – Byron – Compassion is the basis of all morality. – Schopenhauer – There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.         […]

When Will You Get Your “Diploma?”

For life is sweet, but after life is death, This is the end of every man’s disire.  – Swinburne – In the day, in the night, to all, to each, Sooner or later, delicate death. – Walt Whitman – We […]

What would YOUR last 500 words be if you knew today was your “last day?”

You can see how I answered that question…   Today I am the featured “Inspirational Luminary” on InspireMeToday.com, sharing my writings with the world. If my traffic and comments “break records”, InspireMeToday.com will share my content with millions of additional […]

Anticipating A Special Release

On April 2nd, 2012 I will be the featured Inspirational Luminary on InspireMeToday.com, sharing my writings with the world. This FREE website is one to bookmark! Inspire Me Today features the ‘Brilliance’ of a new Luminary every day. You can […]

Beloved Books

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Bacon – Worthy books are not companions – they are solitudes: We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.   […]

Get Your Shine On!

Above all things, reverence yourself.  – Pythagoras – Every one stamps his own value on himself.  The price we challenge ourselves is given us. Man is made great or little by his own will. – Schiller – Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, […]

Love Letter to All “Know-it-all’s”

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.  – Nicholas Murray Butler He knew what’s what, and that’s as high As metaphysic wit can fly.  – Samuel Butler – It is better to know nothing […]

Dance Into Your Day

On with the Dance! let joy be unconfined.  – Byron – And the dancing has begun now, And the danceres whirl round gaily in the waltz’s giddy mazes, and the ground beneath them trembles.  – Heine, Book of Songs – […]

What Have You Learned Today?

_________________________________________________________ I’ll be watching the day to observe what I learn.  What I learn says more about me than what I know.  Isn’t that a fascinating measure?   Information is power.  – Arthur Sylvester The greater our knowledge increases, the […]

Blank Page

every day every moment a blank page upon which we write. mary anne radmacher

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

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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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