How to Be Amazed: See the Wond...

Apr 18, 2012 by

Wonder is all around us. When we were children, we saw it everywhere we looked. Everything was new, fresh, amazing. We grabbed the...

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When to listen to fear (and wh...

Feb 29, 2012 by

If fear tells you not to step onto a pond that has just frozen over, it is a good idea to listen to fear. But if fear tells you not...

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Forget about resolutions. Inst...

Jan 18, 2012 by

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. It seems to me that besides being notoriously hard to keep — there’s a lot of negative...

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The Meal. The Moment. The Memo...

Dec 16, 2011 by

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Be Amazed: No Moment is Ever T...

Nov 24, 2011 by

(There is a) statement from the book of Ecclesiastes “There is nothing new under the sun.” And I disagree with that...

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How To Be Courageous: What I l...

Aug 20, 2011 by

My parents collected coffee mugs.  Lots of them.  For decades, everywhere they went in the world, from Topeka, Kansas to the Topkapi...

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How to be Appreciative: Apprec...

Jul 30, 2011 by

Kids are naturally like miniature lawyers. They are always on the lookout for a good loophole. So (for example) if you were to ask a...

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Be Different: Because in being...

Jun 29, 2011 by

I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you....

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How To Be Devoted: Wishing won...

May 25, 2011 by

I wish . . . I wish I could play the cello. I wish I could do calligraphy. I wish I could rock climb. I wish I could grow an organic...

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A Mother’s Message of Lo...

May 4, 2011 by

Sunday is Mother’s Day. My mother passed away fourteen years ago, in September of 1996. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic...

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How To Be Real: Be Present to ...

Apr 13, 2011 by

I have a bad habit of knitting my brow when I am lost in thought. One day, a few years ago, I was sitting and watching my son playing...

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How To Be Beautiful: Let your ...

Mar 23, 2011 by

It’s very easy to get hung up on certain societal standards of beauty. Images on TV and in magazines drive us to go stare at...

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How To Be Organized: Set your ...

Mar 9, 2011 by

When you wake up in the morning and every blessed to-do on your to-do list is crying out “Pay attention to me first!” how...

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How to Be Compassionate: Forgi...

Feb 23, 2011 by

                It’s really so easy to get down on ourselves. One slip-up and...

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How To Be Happy: Forget your t...

Jan 26, 2011 by

Remember the Judy Garland song that goes, “Forget your troubles! C’mon get happy!”? It’s a great tune if you want to get up and...

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How To Be Curious: Do you know...

Jan 18, 2011 by

                  A couple of weeks ago, my children and I were visiting my brother and...

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How To Be Wise: Want wisdom? J...

Jan 18, 2011 by

                    In the moments before harsh words escape your mouth. In the...

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How To Be Honest: I’m ha...

Dec 16, 2010 by

No one, but NO ONE is immune to pain, suffering, and difficulty in life. Even if you are feeling happy, hopeful, and trouble free, it...

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How to Be Aware: Take note of ...

Dec 8, 2010 by

“So, how was your day?” It’s a question my husband James and I have asked of one another every evening for...

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What Are You Waiting For?

Nov 23, 2010 by

At our home we have at least two bookshelves full of children’s picture books. Our children have outgrown them, but I have a...

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How To Be Understanding: Comfo...

Oct 21, 2010 by

We all have the experience with being afflicted by the ravages of consuming emotions: Guilt. Envy. Bitterness. Worry. Despair. These...

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How to Be Wise: Time is like m...

Oct 13, 2010 by

Time is like currency. It’s a precious commodity in limited supply. So we need to be careful how we spend it. The meter is...

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How To Be Compassionate: Use Y...

Oct 6, 2010 by

I wish I knew What it’s like to be A splinter, a bee. A song, a sea. A tree, a shoe. A bird that’s new. I wish I knew...

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How To Be Realistic: Don’...

Sep 29, 2010 by

Sometimes when we lose perspective, we are encouraged by friends and family to look at the “big picture”. And of course...

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