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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