Empty Nest

I’ve always considered myself so blessed to have a daughter who is so thoughtful, kind, smart and funny (like her momma, of course).  But I’m now discovering that there’s a downside to having the greatest kid in the world.   She really took to heart all the messages I sent her about being her own [...]

When Life Gives You Shingles, Make Lemonade.

    Okay. So maybe the saying is supposed to say something about lemons rather than shingles, but the lesson is the same. At least for me.   [As a quick side note, I just want to say that I’m glad to be posting on my blog once again after a long absence. I’m not [...]

Taking Care of You

  Too busy to take care of yourself?   Well, I’m just as neglectful as anyone else who has a family, job and other important responsibilities.  And the reward for putting everyone else’s needs before your own?  No, not martyrdom.  Not even a shiny medal.  Sometimes, not even a “thank you”.  The best way I can [...]

A Matter of Honor

photos by: Theresa Holder    “Perhaps, the most important thing we can do is honor whatever season we’re in and not fight it.”     I love this follow up comment from my recent post Seasons Change.  Fellow blog writer Sara  really gave the fighter in me something to think about here.    After reading Sara’s comment, [...]

Do The Thing Anyway

  “When you have fear and do the thing anyway, you are holding on to the hand of God.” (Edwene Gaines, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity)     Wouldn’t it be freeing to be completely fearless?  Never feel the fear of trying new things, taking on new challenges.  I think I’d settle for just [...]

Practicing Courage

  When was the last time you actively practiced courage?  Personally, I’m afraid that I can’t remember.   I mean, I try to be brave if the occasion requires it, but I actually don’t look to put myself into situations that will actively call for this.  Seriously, at my age, navigating the subway in Manhattan felt brave. [...]

Living Deeply

[ photo by Lynn Nagel; poem by Lori Havrilla]       Living Deeply   Shall we live deeply without drowning, without losing ourselves in the dark, merky waters of that which is our soul?   Shall we go to that place which calls to each of us when we take the time to close our [...]

Embracing One’s Aloneness

  Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.   (Tao Te Ching, 42nd verse)     Yes, I’m on a bit of a Tao roll, so bear with me.  I carry the pocket edition of the Tao Te Ching in [...]

Start With Baby Steps

  Photographer: Linda Nagel   “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. “ Lao-tsu, Tao Te Ching Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)       If you enjoy weaving dreams and setting goals and then find yourself not knowing where to start, join the club.    Taking the first [...]

Put me in time-out, please

  Did you ever flow through your day and think, “This is good. Life is good. I’m good.” – only to have one little miniscule everyday life event mess it all up? (Oh please let me not be the only one.)   Yesterday was that day for me. The morning (my special, intention-setting, alone time) [...]

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