Question of the Day: “What are we going to do with all of this dirt?”

During the fall months, my friend’s husband helped us establish our front flower beds. Very kindly he offered his services and also use of the gardening center for dirt and mulch. He was helping us because it was a brand new house and he wanted to assist us in making it a wonderful landscape. Fast…

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Self Help #101: “It Didn’t Start with You”

I have started a new book. It is called It Didn’t Start with You. At first I found the title intriguing because it reminded me of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” song, which was really popular growing up. I feel there is a part in all of us that wants to see where…

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Question of the Day: “Why am I in such a terrible, horrible mood?”

My day is being rocked by my inability to stay grounded. If last week was a unladen trip through establishing “joy” in my day and in my career, then today feels like a field filled with landmines. Everywhere I turn, I can only see things that irritate me. My students are driving me crazy, though…

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Question of the Day: “How do I bring joy to my classroom?”

In recent weeks, I came to a sudden realization. If I wanted to feel joy while I am teaching, I need to bring joy to my classroom. For many months, I have been unhappy at my job. My disconnect has disrupted my life in a way that was uncomfortable. Every time I wished for something…

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Today’s Thoughts on Myself as a “Fictional Character”

I recently saw a really awesome quote by Deepak Chopra. He wrote, “Once I realized that ‘deepak chopra’ was a fictional character, I stopped taking him so seriously.” The minute I read that I was struck by the truthfulness of it. If he can view himself as a facade, a creation, then perhaps I have…

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Question of the Day: “What do you do when you think your cat has COVID?”

It is time to share this story from the other day. I’ve wanted to write about this really tough experience, but I was too close to it to be able to write about it. Okay, here is what happened. Last Tuesday, I arrived home to my Oscar sitting strangely on the carpet in front of…

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Question of the Day: “Where do I go for a miracle?”

Miracles often show up in literature. Characters ask for them. Sometimes they are just divinely given to characters who may or may not be deserving. They are small or large acts of mercy bestowed by a benevolent god or an understanding universe. But where do they really come from? Where does one go or whom…

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Question of the Day: “How do I get nothing for Christmas?”

As I walked through the Target today, I could feel the new hum of the holiday as bare shelves are currently being stocked with decorations for the coming festivities. I love this time of year. The crispness in the air. The smell of cinnamon and cardamon. The anticipation of the joy that is to come.…

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Parenting #101: How to keep from killing your teenager

My beautiful, vibrant, kind fourteen-year old son is currently sitting beside me. He is working on missing Spanish assignments to remedy his D- before the end of the 1st Marking Period, which is today. So, no, really. How do I keep from killing my teenage son? My son Cole has never been particularly jazzed about…

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Question of the Day: “What can you take away from Don Miguel Ruiz’s four agreements?”

Today I am thinking heavily about the third agreement: “Don’t make assumptions.” Ruiz writes that we are living in a dream, and we turn this dream into a nightmare every time we assume what others are thinking or feeling about us. Oh, is this so true for me. My empathic abilities, which always enable me…

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