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I just returned from a fun-filled family weekend. We celebrated Thanksgiving at my home with several people. Then some of us drove to Naples Friday morning. The Sawgrass expressway, in my opinion, is one of the most boring roads in the United States. I felt as if it would never end. So I sang to the tune of whatever songs blared from the speakers. I’d planned to write this week about close cousin love. Or so I thought. My inspiration shifted due to an unexpected conversation at dinner Friday night.  Can you believe we had room in our bellies or even the … Read More

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Living A Life of Gratitude

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Gratitude. One simple word that’s abundant with multidimensional meaning. Oxford’s Dictionary defines gratitude as “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” I’ve read numerous interpretations of this word from other sources including books, articles, and on social media. Is defining the word most important? No. For me, identifying and thinking about gratitude is a start. It is the beginning of awareness, which is the first step toward any type of evolution, growth or change. The next thread is putting it into practice. It is living in the present. It is consciously weaving gratitude … Read More

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Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year? Jonathan D. Larson wrote these powerful, poignant lyrics. Each word resonated with me the moment I read them. “Seasons of Love,” which became a fan favorite from the 1996 musical, Rent, still stirs my soul. This song became especially personal for me the day of our engagement party. Dear friends creatively modified the song to describe our love and relationship. They surprised us with a heartfelt, humorous performance. I remember my fiance … Read More

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Life on the Field: You Don’t Lose or Win — You Learn

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Life is filled with contrast. Like a black and white photo, dark shadows sometimes block the light. The result is a complex image with depth and dimension. Similarly, joy and sorrow coexist in our daily lives. But the suffering can also deepen our perspective for happy, uplifting times.  A recent example is this week’s World Series. The Astros beat the Dodgers,  and the win infused Houston with invigorated energy. I was thinking about this and reflecting on “Houston, Harvey, and Heroes,” which is the blog I posted on September 3. My mind wandered and wondered. I realized we can find … Read More

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