2018: Paving a Path of Peace

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Before writing today’s piece, I decided to read what I published last New Year’s Eve. The words, intention, and energy of that post forced me to dig deep and reflect on the past 365 days. What a difference a year makes! Every Soul Has a Story emerged from its safe cocoon by the spring of 2018. As the weeks passed, my wings have expanded, and I fly more freely. The wind that once blew me off course has become a whoosh of inspiration. Trust, truth, passion, and presence lift me higher. I don’t proof each piece 30 times anymore before … Read More

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My Baking Wonderland

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The shiny, stainless steel cup scoops white flurries from the paper bag. A few sparkly, sneaky granules dust the counter. My hand becomes a snow plow; I clean as the blizzard continues. Flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt mingle in the mixing bowl. I am whipping up an edible winter wonderland while the weather outside is delightful! I pause before melting the butter, noticing as the sun smiles through the Florida palm trees. I bake throughout the year, not just during the holidays. I like to cook, but I much prefer the precision of baking. The perfectionist part of … Read More

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My Teen Worrier Became a Warrior

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I parked crookedly in a tiny spot. We walked and chatted animatedly. Then Zoe opened the door, signed in, and took silly Snapchat photos to distract herself. After an hour of waiting, we were both becoming impatient. I was impressed with Zoe’s calm demeanor. We just learned about her first cavities (that is intentionally plural) last week. I was shocked to hear she had SIX in her young 14-year-old mouth. Zoe asked the woman with blonde, braided hair if she could go into the office. She told me she needed the restroom. She came back to the waiting room grinning … Read More

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Gus: 2001-2018

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I feel that human children choose their parents. And often fur-babies do as well! My best friend, Becky, spotted the sweet, soft kitten, and it was love at first sight. Here is the story of two souls, one human and one feline, who will forever remain connected.  Becky got laid off from her first job in October 2001. The next month, she felt lonely and decided to search for a pet.  After visiting and meeting many kitties, Becky and her husband found Gus. Or as she said, “He found us! Gus was at a shelter in Denver, Colorado called The … Read More

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The Present of Presence

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The holiday season seems to start earlier each year. Am I imagining this or did you also hear jolly jingles in mid-October? Last week I wrote about the “Costco Coma and Target Trance.” I’m still being bombarded with emails with subject lines such as “doorbusters” and “all the deals you want/love/need.” I’ve repeatedly unsubscribed and yet my inbox continues to fill like a persistent cyberspace cesspool. A few days ago, I posted a December calendar on Facebook and Instagram. In each date box, there’s a suggestion for ways to be caring and thoughtful. For me, giving the gifts of love, … Read More

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Retail therapy and the Costco Coma

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Do you ever enter a store with the focused, frugal intention of only purchasing one item? However, tantalizing BOGO signs coax you toward aisles that seem animated. Shiny items shimmy on shelves as if saying “buy me—I’m the deal of the day!” I am asking these questions for a friend. She first noticed this phenomenon after becoming a first-time mother. A trip to Costco for paper towels and diapers became a way too long excursion. Free samples peppered every corner of the store. Suddenly the sparse shopping cart escalated to a mountain of “must have” items of madness! Somewhere between … Read More

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GIVING THANKS

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I wrote about gratitude last week, which I will post again tomorrow. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I hope you will pause to read about what being grateful truly means to me. I love the Thanksgiving holiday; it is truly one of my favorites! The aromatic fusion of sweet and savory is satiates my soul. My family gathers at our home each year. I especially look forward to our New York family’s annual visit. My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and their four delicious kids add such joyful energy to every holiday. I can’t wait to hear the giggling and chattering as the … Read More

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THANKFUL FOR IT ALL

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How do we live a life of gratitude? It is not always easy. To be honest, I think it’s more challenging than we choose to acknowledge. And being grateful is particularly difficult when we are experiencing detours, curveballs, and bumps in our journey. Yet that’s precisely when a grateful mindset is needed the most. One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown. Her words, research, and writing resonate deeply with me. I recently posted one of my favorite quotes: “WHAT SEPARATES PRIVILEGE FROM ENTITLEMENT IS GRATITUDE.” Brene’s statement, as always, is a true, powerful, and timely. As Thanksgiving approaches, I … Read More

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THE PITTSBURGH PATCH

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The Tree Of Life Synagogue’s roots reach far and deep. The tragic, devastating deaths of 11 innocent souls has seared the hearts of many. The shul shooting is not only a horrifying travesty for American Jews, but for all humans regardless of religious affiliation.  Today’s Every Soul Has A Story blog is about Stacey Elias, who is originally from New Jersey, has family in Pittsburgh, and lives in South Florida. She generously gifted and trusted me with her story. I am grateful for her open, honest heart, especially given the tugs and tears it has experienced. This story is also … Read More

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UNMASKED

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Ghoulish costumes and macabre masks will creatively cover Americans on Wednesday. Buckets and bags will overflow with tempting treats as kids celebrate Halloween. We carved pumpkins Sunday with Alec, Zoe, and our amazing aunt. I miss the younger years when the kids zipped like wind-up toys from house to house. I loved to watch Alec and Zoe dump candy on the carpet as they each eagerly counted their collection. I used to tease them and say, “You know Halloween is for adults, too. Don’t forget Daddy likes peanut butter cups, and I love Tootsie Rolls. Make sure to snag a … Read More

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