When It Rains, Find The Sunshine Within

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Rain. If you live in South Florida, that word evokes a familiar feeling. The sky has showered us with unrelenting raindrops this week. A friend sent me an image of Noah’s Ark with the hilarious title “taking reservations!” If you are a native, like me and my husband, the wet weather kicks off our summer season. If you are a new resident, you may be wondering why we are called the “Sunshine State!” Friends, family, and Facebook fanatics are whining incessantly like the dreary downpours and disruptive storms. I get it. I truly do. Driving is treacherous, plans may be … Read More

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Give With Love But Without Expectations

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I had a revelation today. The impetus for this “aha” moment initially agitated and infuriated me. When I got home, I pondered why a seemingly superficial situation sparked such an inwardly intense response. It’s intriguing because I am clearly shifting as I evolve. Five years ago, this would not have bothered me a bit. Before elaborating further, I will fully disclose that punctuality is not my forte. According to my husband, if you are on time you are already late. I am in awe of his extraordinary ability to arrive early to any destination; he rarely looks at his watch … Read More

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My Missing Piece Has Returned

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When Alec left on April 30th, a piece of me went with him. The unexpected torrent of tears shocked me. He’s been going to sleepaway camp for six years hundreds of miles away. I always miss my kids when they’re not with me, but this was vastly different. As we hugged at 5:30 am, my eyes filled with unexpected, intense emotions. He was leaving the country for a two-week school trip. Although my teens have seen me sad, I consciously never cry in front of them when we part. I don’t want them to ever feel guilt or apprehension about … Read More

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Flying With Broken Wings: A Journey Of Healing, Trust, and Release

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I sensed Saturday morning would be moving and unforgettable. But I did not expect the depth and raw intensity that occured in just a few hours. It felt as though we all entered a collective, invisible cocoon. Time seemed to stretch to support and elevate us all. The Coral Springs Museum of Art was transformed into a serene, healing space for Marjorie Stoneman Douglas teachers. Two extraordinary women, Lois Marino and Robyn Vegas, planned “A Time To Exhale.” Tina Salvesen, who created “The Knot Project,” also spoke about how we can take a soft cord and tie knots to represent … Read More

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