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Mark Twain was a keen observer of human nature – making him a great storyteller, a folksy philosopher, and a moralist for modern times. As we launch into Spring with our intentions for new growth and new possibilities, I’m reminded of […]

Like many companies over the past ten years, the company that I worked for in Los Angeles was downsizing – offering generous buy-out packages as an incentive for employees to leave the company.  What a great deal!  I had been […]

For many years, I was not a fan of affirmations. Somehow, affirmations seemed a bit like whistling in the dark – trying to stave off the demons and monsters in my head (notably fear and worry) with false statements I […]

A wise Buddhist master once told me, “When you are considering someone to be your guru or teacher, first go for a ride with him in his car. That will tell you much about whether or not he is the […]

On May 17, 1900, Chicago publisher George M. Hill Company published L. Frank Baum’s children’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” I’m certain that neither Baum nor his publisher had even an inkling that their book would still be in […]

For many years, I had a poster of Mother Teresa that read, “Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.” The holy woman from Calcutta was – and still is – someone whose life and work I admire […]

I watched an episode of Cesar Milan’s “Dog Whisperer” TV show a few weeks ago and was fascinated by the dynamic between man and dog. It looked like Milan had taken on Mission Impossible with this particular mutt – a […]

“In the beginning was the Word,” according to the Bible. God’s words created the universe; He spoke us into being. Words created our world – literally. Words have power – to uplift or to tear down – to inspire or […]

One day I was complaining about something to my friend Sam Beasley. I can’t even remember what it was I was complaining about – all I remember is Sam’s reply: “Your life is your prayer. Whatever you’ve got going on […]

In honor of International Women’s Day, I’m inviting women around the world to adopt this “Women’s Declaration of Interdependence” … We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all women are created equal, but each is blessed with different gifts […]