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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Question of the Day: “What is Kintsugi and why is it important for reflection?”

Kintsugi is the┬áJapanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold, but truly I think it is a metaphor for embracing all flaws and imperfections. Let me explain and simplify with the literal definition of a very complex process of both art and science: Kintsugi is the ancient art of repairing broken pottery…

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Advice to 30 Somethings from a Forty Something

After the past seven years, I am feeling pretty schooled in the ways of the world. In addition, this past COVID year and recent changes in my life have caused me to feel as if I have advice to give. You may be thinking what my qualifications are for giving you advice. Here is my…

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Question of the Day: “When will I stop being so mean to myself?”

The World’s reaction to Simone Biles deciding to pull out of the Olympics really has me thinking. Society’s really come a long way in the last few years. Yes, there are some negative voices out there judging her decisions, but the overwhelming support from athletes, journalists, famous people, and the average US citizen has surprised…

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Question of the Day: “What is normal?”

Normal. We throw this word around to describe typical things, the ordinary, the usual, the suspected. It’s a label, really. An arbitrary term subjectively applied to people and situations, and it seems more about people’s opinions than fact. Defining “normal” is difficult, though it is used most often to explain why someone feels comfortable or…

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Balance: My Word of the Day

Balance is a noun. It is the idea of staying upright and straight when it seems as if everything around you is anything but. It is the state of maintaining equilibrium, an equal amount of this and that. But maintaining balance when things around me are out of place and skewed seems impossible. I know…

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Question of the Day: “Is strong the new pretty?”

With everything going on in the news about women being attacked, women voicing their feelings of being unsafe, and even additional discussion of male harassment and violence against women, I feel like this is an interesting time for women in general. I must say, as a woman, I am surprised at the level of shock…

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Chaucer, My Father, and the Me Too Movement

My favorite of Chaucer’s tales was the The Wife of Bath’s Tale. During the Middle Ages, women were not valued or respected. Women were treated as property. They were not able to own property or be educated. Instead, women were fated to live lives of servitude to their husbands. Knowing history as I do, I…

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Moving & Literary Throwbacks: “A Prayer for St. Paddy’s Day”

Yes, the next book in line is a prayer book. Personally, I love good prayer. When I was little, I memorized all of the Catholic prayers they recited at church. I still go through them when I am struggling. But I have also moved on to other prayer creators. One of my favorites is Tosha…

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Moving & Literary Throwbacks: “We are sliding through to fiction”

So what do you think of the new house? Not bad for someone who left her ex with two boys, a few boxes and a dream of a something better someday. Part of me wants to investigate this idea further. The thought that my ramblings about how far I have come might inspire someone, but…

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