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Declare a Do-Over

January brings a lot of chatter about goals, resolutions, plans, and fresh starts.  February’s coming to an end, and maybe we’re not feeling quite so “fresh” about those starts.  Poet Rainer Maria Rilke says:  “And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never […]

A friend and I recently chatted about the difference between peacekeepers and peacemakers.  It’s an important distinction. Peacekeepers are those who maintain the status quo.  The image of United Nations forces in blue, wearing body armor and holding rifles, comes to mind.  There’s an irony there.  They’ll use force if they have to, just to […]

Enough, Already!

What is enough for today? What can you remove from your to do list? What benefit could come from one task not being agonized over, or “guilted into doing”  today? Will the world end if you don’t get 15 things done? What is Enough today? What are you avoiding by constantly doing? What’s with all […]

Fear and Love

My friend Karen posted this on Facebook recently:  “Fear knocked on the door.  Love answered.  No one was there.”  Although I’m not a big Bible reader, I remember a passage similar to Karen’s post about perfect love casting out all fear. When I’m afraid, I do three things: focus on my breathing, noticing each long […]

Imagine That

I stumbled upon this Native American saying somewhere recently, and it’s stuck with me: “No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves.” Imagine if… we each thought of ourselves as a branch on the tree of life?  How would we act if we remembered that we are an interconnected system, dependent upon […]

Love Always Wins

February had a lot of us thinking about love. Some of it was that “hearts and flowers” stuff, prompted by the serious marketing of card and candy manufacturers. I’m not talking about romance, though. I’m talking about the love that happens in relationships – grown-up, real relationships. Starting with the relationship you have with yourself. […]

Peaceful Finances

You may recall that I’ve decided my 2011 Word of the Year is “Peace.” Each month, I’m focusing on one aspect of the Life Wheel (see my home page for a free download), diving deeply into the topic at hand to learn more, then apply what I learn to create more peace in my life […]

More or Less

I’m notoriously bad when it comes to cooking starches.  I find it really hard to believe that rice will increase in size so much that the little bit I put into the water will be enough to feed me.  Same goes for pasta.  I’m constantly throwing in “just a little bit more to be safe” […]

I’ve been on another clearing jag, probably the result of the programs I’ve been teaching about living spaces.  I want my home to accurately reflect my essential self, to be clutter-free, and to be filled only with what I truly love, need and use. That’s how I stumbled upon a ruler I’ve had since the […]

Oprah Winfrey has “aha moments.”  I have “Duh Moments.”  The Duh Moment occurs when you slap yourself upside the head and say “duh,” because you’re either reminded of something you already knew, or it’s painfully obvious to the average person and you’re just late to the party.   The past month’s Duh Moments were a […]