Love Your OWN Company—Alone Time is Not Lonely

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     “You talk so much that I’d save a ton of money if I could somehow use your mouth to power my building! I’ve never seen anything like it!”      My trainer has been telling me this for eight years. Forrest is both entertained and flabbergasted by my verbal output. I sing, tell jokes, and chat with others around me.       One day, just to prove a point, I didn’t utter a single word for an entire hour. He thought I was injured and was quite concerned. He said, “Don’t you ever do that again!”   … Read More

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A Flight To Remember

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Part 2–I cannot and did not make this up! July 24, 2018 We hoisted our heavy luggage into the overhead compartment. I hid my handbag behind my back. There was no chance I was shoving my NEW red, leather quilted treasure into a filthy space. Speaking of cleanliness, I promptly distributed Lysol wipes (love the portable packets!), and our routine wiping began. Then Zoe sat next to a 40ish year old, bearded, disheveled man. She raised her eyebrows at me with a “Do I really have to sit next to him?” expression. Minutes later I heard Zoe asking him questions, … Read More

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The Deafening Sound of Silence

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Silence can be deafening. How is that possible when the definition of silence is the absence of sound? Silence can also serve as a salve, a soothing quiet space for reflection and healing. Silence is a serum that soaks one’s soul with awareness. A moment of silence, such as at a memorial service, halts time to honor those who are gone. Then there’s the collective silence at the end of a performance just before an audience erupts with applause. Silence is also an impactful strategy when negotiating a purchase or brokering a deal. Emma Gonzalez used silence to poignantly, passionately reach people. … Read More

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CONNECTION

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As I wrote about in last week’s blog, “Sleepless in New York,” I visited the City for a brief trip. This whirlwind 24 hours culminated with seeing Hamilton on Broadway. The show exceeded all expectations, which I didn’t think possible given its nearly cult-like following. I sang, cried, laughed, repeat! And experiencing the epic fusion of history mixed with modern music in a spirited NYC theater was extraordinary. We saw the show with two close friends. Our night was beyond amazing. After hugs and a marathon catch up conversation, we settled into our cozy seats. My husband sat to my … Read More

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Sleepless In New York

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      Sleepless in New York. I realize this opening sentence may sound cliche, and perhaps it is, but it is the truth. After a brief stay in the City, I have concluded that I’ve either become increasingly sound sensitive or high maintenance regarding sleep than earlier in life.       As usual, my husband face planted the moment his head hit the pillow. I stared at his peaceful expression. I, on the other hand, struggled to slip into slumber. I pondered how he could tune out the cacophonous clamor occurring right outside our window.       … Read More

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