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Adios for a While

On this last, beautiful day of 2011, I’m saying goodbye to you, my dear readers, for a while. There’s a book to be written. There are personal assessments to be done. And in order for them to be done to the best of my ability, I need to disappear—sink into that thoughtful quiet space of […]

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Have You Ever Experienced a Pivotal Moment in Your Life?

From my podcast of the same name. Today we’re talking about pivotal or defining moments in our lives.  Singular or plural.  Have you ever experienced one?  If so, was it painful or exhilarating?  How did it change you? Maybe you’ve never labeled your aha moments as such—pivotal—but we all have moments where our vision has […]

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What Do You Mean, I Can Plan My Future?

From my podcast of the same name. It’s hard to take responsibility for where you’ve ended up.  Do you have to?  On the other hand, is it really possible to affect your life tomorrow? What do you imagine yourself doing five years, ten years from now?  What would your dream life look like?  And why […]

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Everything Keeps Happening

I don’t want to miss all of life’s intricacies. I want everything.  The pain, the sorrow, the happiness, the joy.  I accept it all. But I’m continually having to slow myself down.  To notice.  Pay attention.  See.  Hear.  Hold.  Touch. Especially now.  Always now. Mary Oliver says it superbly in “Both Worlds.”  It’s my gift—or […]

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Ode to Joy

From Immortal Beloved, the movie.  If you haven’t seen it, you must.  This is my favorite clip.  Perfect for this time of year.  Or any time of year. To think that Beethoven was deaf when he composed such exquisite music!  I can’t get over that. [Post image: Gary Oldman as Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal […]

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