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Is It All About Attitude?- Jane and Lew’s Story

On a scale of 1-10, where do you rate your attitude most days?  How would friends describe you? Upbeat and positive?  Or are you the Eyore of your crowd? If you've been reading my stories for a while, you'll recognize this one.  It was among my first and continues to...

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Where Do You Start When You Don’t Know Where To Start?

I’ve been wanting to write Sandy’s story for a long time. But her story is so powerful, so unimaginable, so tragic, and in a strange way uplifting, that I struggled to find exactly the right words to convey what she’s experienced.   Sandy's spirit is unbelievably...

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Do You Lead By Example?

I know one of the best ways to teach young kids anything is by example.  And honestly, I wish I'd done it more as a young parent.   When parents demonstrate good behavior with their kids, there's a double dip of benefits:  our own actions are improved because those...

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Are You Stuck In Neutral?

Are you on the edge of a new Chapter yet afraid to take the leap to get started?  Is there something you want to begin but find yourself procrastinating to put the wheels in motion?   You're not the only one who ever feels that way.  It happens to the best of us....

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Cowboy Boots and Pecan Rolls

It's less than a week before Christmas and along with everyone else I'm in a rush to mail packages, pick up wrapping paper, get to the bank, the cleaners, the post office, and the grocery store. As I pull into a parking spot I hear the ring of the Salvation Army bell...

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A New Chapter and A New Life – Tonya’s Story

Often new Chapters begin with a change in lifestyle.  Marriage.  Children.  A career move.  An empty nest.  Divorce.  Health concerns.  A conscious decision to just do something different. That's what I always thought as I talked to people about their various...

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Is the Universe Sending You a Message?

Do you ever feel as if there is just too much going on in your world and find you are being pulled in multiple directions? In the middle of that tug of war, do you get the  feeling none of those directions are the single direction you intended to follow? It’s not...

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My Book!

I’ve been busy lately. I had a goal of one day writing a book. A little book. Certainly not a novel.  I knew I'd never write something like War and Peace.  My brain isn't wired to write something like Hop On Pop either.   I wanted to write a collection of stories that...

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What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What To Do?

How do you react when someone close to you loses their partner? What do you say when you don’t know what to say? Do you write a note? Make a phone call?  Visit them personally? What do you do in the weeks and months afterward? Have you considered what it must be like...

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Are You Too Generous?

What do you do when people take advantage of your generosity? Is there a polite way to extricate yourself from an offer when it’s been stretched beyond your intent? Is there anyone who enjoys being taken advantage of? Do you remember a time when you found yourself...

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Is Honesty Really The Best Policy?

Several years ago a very good friend of mine fell in love with a woman who had more baggage than a jumbo jet at Christmas time. Love is a crazy, crazy thing and in spite of all of the issues my friend was head over heels nuts about this girl. "What do you think of...

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