Happy Birthday, Awful Gardner

True story. Life didn’t come cheap for Hezekiah Orville “Awful” Gardner. He came into this world sometime in 1825 (no record survives as to the exact date)...

What Do You Do When You Have Lost Something of Value?

It’s frustrating to lose something important, isn’t it? “I just can’t find it anywhere,” I said as I looked at my husband while turning my den upside down....

Scarlet Morning Sky

Morning clouds painted in scarlet Slowly streaking from east to west, A few gray clouds are swirling too Songs of birds serenading in sky. Morning ocean...

Are You Hopeful When In Transition?

The company was closing its doors in our city. Boom! I was in transition. Twenty-two years! Down the drain or so I thought. It was a great job with good pay...

Why It’s Okay To Be A Terrible Traveler

I seize every opportunity to hop on a plane, train, boat or car and go somewhere, whether it’s a cruise, a hike, a beach, a mountain, a city, a desert or...

A Hustler’s Burden

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian Kurian. And I am a bonafide hustler. Why I Am The Way I Am Often times I have moments where I sit back and...

Christians Are Meant to Dedicate Their Lives (Particularly Their Work) to Christ

With Excerpts from The Bible… As Christians, we are firstly followers of Christ. Our Lord is meant to be the biggest element of our life. We are to keep...

One Day, You Will Be Forgotten

This is a morbid sentiment, but ultimately, it is true. There is no getting away from the fact that one day we will die. The further time advances past this...

The Joy of Ferragosto and Life with Intention

It’s mid-August. In Italy, the country is on holiday. It’s planned. It’s anticipated, and it’s savored. The pinnacle of the month-long kick-back is August...

Bang, Pow, Zoom; A Poem

Sinister expressions, dark foreboding clothes, that’s how you spot a bad guy, everybody knows. Tattered black cloaks, their intentions plain, to cause...

How to deal with judgment

Sounds like clickbait? Well, it’s not. Dealing with the judgment of others can be a really simple expression of human understanding and compassion. It can be...

Your Medium To-Do List for Days you have Nothing to Write or Say

We all have days on Medium when we don’t want to write. So here is a bunch of things you can do here instead: Finish all of your drafts. Only once they’re...

Do Prayers Really Work?

I was brought up praying All my life I’ve been told to pray. I was educated in Catholic schools and there we prayed several times during the day. As students...

Your Days Are Numbered

“Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency?” ― Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War...

Ocean Horizons

Calm waves lap along sandy shore below Arriving from distant ocean destinations, Gazing out across expanse of sandy shore Far out to where the sky meets ocean...

The Adverb is Not Your Friend

A writer friend of mine is slaving over a novel. He asked that I read the first page to see if it grabbed my attention. It did — but the wrong way. I counted...

Why Being in Your 60’s is the Ultimate Startup

Here you are, sailing along in your sixties. Maybe retirement is on the horizon. Perhaps it is not even a consideration, yet. But somewhere in the back of...

Ocean Meditation

White capped waves roll into shore Nine white sea gulls soar in flight, Light fog obscures distant horizons Pier slightly visible through the fog. Mind like...

Do You Do It For Love, Money or Applause?

The reasons we write, I mean… And Why Should We Care? We slip on our dancing shoes. We step into the spotlight and strut our stuff. We take it all off — bare...

A Wondrous Window-View -  what do you see?

“We live on a minor planet of a very average star located within the outer limits of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies.” – Stephen Hawkins. Imagine...

Why You Should Stop Being So Worried

Is Your Burden Actually Too Heavy For You? Are you stressed out all the time? Is your life being disrupted on all sides by circumstances you can’t change? Are...

Meet My Frenemies | Perpetual anxiety and Melancholy.

I’ll be the first to admit I have a warped sense of humor. Either you get it, or you don’t. Either you like me…or you don’t. I’m one of those complex types,...

8 Things You Gotta Know About Writing A Book

You know you want to write a book. You’ve started writing a few times and then you stopped writing. I totally get it. I’ve been there and it sucks. If you’re...

Don’t Get Sad Before You Have To

A Mantra To Keep The Anxiety Monster At Bay Yup, another grey sky low humidity day here, and so the Anxiety Monster is just bubbling beneath the surface, and...

Dear Internet, Please Stop Pushing Me so Hard to Get Up Early

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin As I heard my Fitbit alarm buzz me awake at 6:15 am, I knew that...

How To Write When You’re Exhausted and Don’t Feel Like Writing

You know you want to write, but your energy levels are low. Not just low, they’re at rock bottom. You just want to back to sleep. Or maybe you just want to...

Blogging in an Evening Gown

Blogging on a WordPress site feels so formal. I have to put on a fancy dress to write. While on a Blogger blog, I just throw on a pair of jeans. Excuse me as...

Bipolar Confessions from a wife, mother, and friend

I struggle with type 2 bipolar disorder. Bipolar has transformed my life into a monumental challenge, and I feel guilty when it affects my family and friends....

Why The ‘Good Old Days’ are Dead

And the Future is Better than the Past “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis Watching my daughter interact with...

Why Clickbait Headlines Never Win and Content is Always King

One of the best things about getting the chop from my job at a Christian charity for micro-sleeping while working a few years ago has been the freedom to try...

Author Spotlight: Jim Woods

Jim WoodsJim is an author, freelance writer, book marketer and writing coach.

For a long time, he ignored that he was creative. Jim didn’t realize that he was a writer or that he had a story to tell. Jim settled for the status quo, and it took a nervous breakdown for him to come to terms with the fact that he is a writer.

Now Jim is in love with writing and the power of stories. But early on in his writing career, he didn’t know how or what to do to be successful. He felt alone and overwhelmed. He needed someone to be his writing coach or writing mentor. This is where his website comes in.

 

Learn more about Jim on his website JimWoodsWrites.com.

Join @jimwoodswrites  for #PubChat on Wednesday, August 15th at 8 pm Central.

Happy Birthday, Awful Gardner

True story. Life didn’t come cheap for Hezekiah Orville “Awful” Gardner. He came into this world sometime in 1825 (no record survives as to the exact date) and died seventy years later locked away in an Insane Asylum. In between, he certainly earned his nickname — and...

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What Do You Do When You Have Lost Something of Value?

It’s frustrating to lose something important, isn’t it? “I just can’t find it anywhere,” I said as I looked at my husband while turning my den upside down. These past two days I have been on a hunt, a hunt for my personal binder that contains my income and expenses....

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Scarlet Morning Sky

Morning clouds painted in scarlet Slowly streaking from east to west, A few gray clouds are swirling too Songs of birds serenading in sky. Morning ocean reflects growing light As white capped waves break ashore, Clouds of gray turn slowly scarlet As those clouds float...

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Are You Hopeful When In Transition?

The company was closing its doors in our city. Boom! I was in transition. Twenty-two years! Down the drain or so I thought. It was a great job with good pay and outstanding benefits. Not the type of work I wanted to be doing though. The company made the decision. For...

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Why It’s Okay To Be A Terrible Traveler

I seize every opportunity to hop on a plane, train, boat or car and go somewhere, whether it’s a cruise, a hike, a beach, a mountain, a city, a desert or Disneyland. I’ve floated over Egypt in a hot air balloon, dipped into a fjord in an Alaskan biplane, canopied...

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A Hustler’s Burden

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian Kurian. And I am a bonafide hustler. Why I Am The Way I Am Often times I have moments where I sit back and reflect on my life. I think about why I am the way I am. I wonder why I have such a hard time unplugging...

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One Day, You Will Be Forgotten

This is a morbid sentiment, but ultimately, it is true. There is no getting away from the fact that one day we will die. The further time advances past this point, the more we will be forgotten. Life goes on. It waits for nobody. No matter how famous you are, how many...

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The Joy of Ferragosto and Life with Intention

It’s mid-August. In Italy, the country is on holiday. It’s planned. It’s anticipated, and it’s savored. The pinnacle of the month-long kick-back is August 15th, the public holiday of Ferragosto. Being Italian, it conveniently coincides with the important Catholic...

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Bang, Pow, Zoom; A Poem

Sinister expressions, dark foreboding clothes, that’s how you spot a bad guy, everybody knows. Tattered black cloaks, their intentions plain, to cause suffering and heartache, destruction and pain. winning smile, perfect hair, neat as a pin, that how you find a good...

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How to deal with judgment

Sounds like clickbait? Well, it’s not. Dealing with the judgment of others can be a really simple expression of human understanding and compassion. It can be the opportunity to reassess your own sense of self — self-respect, self-compassion, self-love — and mirror...

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Do Prayers Really Work?

I was brought up praying All my life I’ve been told to pray. I was educated in Catholic schools and there we prayed several times during the day. As students we were usually told what to pray for and I admit most, if not all of us, paid no attention to how or why we...

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How to Exchange Insecurity for Creativity

I admire people who have been writers all their lives! I have written privately in my prayer journals over the years. And, I’ve not entrusted my writing to the public until the last few years. But we all need to learn how to exchange insecurity for creativity....

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The Oxy’s and Negative Press

I’m tired of the Oxy’s getting negative press. You know, the medication that gets abused by people that don’t need to be taking it. Some of us wouldn’t get through the day without them. Some of us go to responsible doctors who monitor our medications closely and who...

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How to Get Unstuck in 3 Questions and 2 Steps

Judith MacNutt, wife of Francis MacNutt, tells a great story about a circus elephant she saw back-stage. The massive animal stayed in its circle, held by a chain around its foot staked at the center of the circle. The huge creature easily could have ripped that chain...

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How Complaining Got Me Nowhere Until I Changed

I used to complain about my life. I used to hate my job. I used to live in a perpetual cycle of moving home. Something would always happen and I would have to move out. It was my story for many years while living a carefree single life in London. I lived everywhere in...

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Liquid Demons

She wept. My shoulder drenched. The mucus coagulating. Slowly. Freely. Like an exorcist I patted. Granting the demons freedom. Her shoulders buoyant with fury. Boiling. Truly. My sister who never cried. The one who scorned weakness. Turned to me, me…the family...

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I Can’t Stop Writing Even When I Stop

After a few months of writing something every single day (that is writing every day, but not necessarily posting every day), I sort of mailed it in last week. I had a rough week in my personal life (it’s not anything I’m going to air out here), and writing took a back...

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Your Days Are Numbered

“Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency?” ― Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War One day you are 18 years old, with a hard body, full head of hair, sitting by the pool, kickin it with friends,...

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Ocean Horizons

Calm waves lap along sandy shore below Arriving from distant ocean destinations, Gazing out across expanse of sandy shore Far out to where the sky meets ocean vista. Wondering what might lie at horizon’s end Knowing much to be seen beyond horizons, Distant sun begins...

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The Adverb is Not Your Friend

A writer friend of mine is slaving over a novel. He asked that I read the first page to see if it grabbed my attention. It did — but the wrong way. I counted 17 adverbs. On the first page. I found myself focusing on the adverbs — not the story. Then I had to tell him...

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Why Being in Your 60’s is the Ultimate Startup

Here you are, sailing along in your sixties. Maybe retirement is on the horizon. Perhaps it is not even a consideration, yet. But somewhere in the back of your mind might lurk the scary question: What’s next? Well, my friends, what’s next is the Ultimate Startup. One...

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Ocean Meditation

White capped waves roll into shore Nine white sea gulls soar in flight, Light fog obscures distant horizons Pier slightly visible through the fog. Mind like the sea of breaking waves Thoughts emanate from distant shores, Some thoughts like giant surfing waves Others...

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Lean Hard

She was in pain. Our Golden Retriever, Precious, had torn her cranial cruciate ligament. Surgery was unavoidable. The procedure went better than expected, but her sad, brown eyes spoke volumes — the operation had taken a great deal out of her. A bright pink cast...

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

How a Former Muslim’s Story Changed My Life College is a place where people go to lose their faith. At least, that tends to be the case among Christian teens: According to multiple sources, roughly 70% of formerly Christian college students graduate with a diploma…and...

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On Fearing and Hope

I can remember only a handful of times when a book made me cry. I’d be reading away, minding my own business when, without warning, the author grabs hold of my heart-strings and just yanks. I teared up at the end of A Prayer for Owen Meany. I was choked up a few times...

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3 Tips to Starting Out as a Freelance Writer

If you are reading this and you are a Cubicle Cowboy or Pavement Pounder, I have some good news for you. And, if you have always dreamt of earning some money while exploring your passion for writing, I have some good news for you, too! There is a light at the end of...

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Why are you so happy?

I can vividly remember the first time I was asked this question. As I was trekking to Everest Base camp in Nepal at the time. Basking by the glow of a blazing fire in a cozy tea house while a blizzard raged outside. Surrounded by great company which consisted of...

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No Time for Critics

Temperature down around 10, blowing winds, snow on the ground … not precisely when most people think to go out for a run. But there I was all bundled up against the elements out there doing my thing, getting some time away from the noise and the constant calls and...

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Here is Wisdom

listen Almighty, hear my soul Peace alludes this mortal realm Shall the flame of mortal love be stilled To only in thy presence dwell? My son, here is wisdom My doctrine shall drop as the rain My speech shall distil as the dew As the small rain upon the tender herb...

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Mindful Presence

Sitting comfortably in the open air Amidst the bright sun and gentle breeze, No thoughts, just concentrated awareness Fully absorbing this present moment. Now there is no past or future Intruding upon this special pleasure, No distracting thoughts causing ripples But...

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4 Tools I Use to Boost Productivity

How I take care of business and boost my mental health Iam disorganized. I am lazy. I am low on energy. I am all these things; but, I am aware of these things, and unlike many with the same traits, I put effort towards battling these weaknesses. Last month I wrote...

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Do You Do It For Love, Money or Applause?

The reasons we write, I mean… And Why Should We Care? We slip on our dancing shoes. We step into the spotlight and strut our stuff. We take it all off — bare our souls to the world. Why? Some days we share the easy stuff — the how-to-do-something-better stuff, or the...

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A Wondrous Window-View -  what do you see?

“We live on a minor planet of a very average star located within the outer limits of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies.” – Stephen Hawkins. Imagine looking out of the window of our planet and seeing through the eyes of Mr. Hawkins. Dear fellow readers and...

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Why You Should Stop Being So Worried

Is Your Burden Actually Too Heavy For You? Are you stressed out all the time? Is your life being disrupted on all sides by circumstances you can’t change? Are you stuck in situations that are driving you crazy? If so, you might want to consider some advice from Peter....

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Meet My Frenemies | Perpetual anxiety and Melancholy.

I’ll be the first to admit I have a warped sense of humor. Either you get it, or you don’t. Either you like me…or you don’t. I’m one of those complex types, or so I’ve heard. It’s this humor that has carried me through many a dark period throughout my oft angst-filled...

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8 Things You Gotta Know About Writing A Book

You know you want to write a book. You’ve started writing a few times and then you stopped writing. I totally get it. I’ve been there and it sucks. If you’re completely honest, you know you’re a bit stuck. There are a lot of steps in the book writing process — at...

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Anxious in the Summertime?

You’re Not Alone. Science Says So. It’s pouring rain right now. Normally I love a good rainy day because it feels cozy and inspires tea and books and binge-watching innocuous TV. But in the summertime, rain is often accompanied by long stretches of humidity and a low,...

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What Does it Mean to Trust God?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. — Proverbs 3:5 Have you ever been told to “trust God?” People who believe in God like to say this a lot, to themselves...

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An Exciting Way to Challenge Your Creativity

Are you ready to push the limits? The last month has been one of change — in my thinking, in my reading, in my writing and most of all in my decision to try to spend more time with my creative side. After running and organizing a small Vacation Bible School this...

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The League of Young ‘Old Men’

Some summers ago, my parents and I were visiting my brother who lives in a semi-rural part of UK (I call it semi-rural because of his internet speed, which is a paltry 20mbps as his internet line is not yet fully fibre optic). His home is actually one of those...

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6 Activities To Keep Life Simple

As the population continues to grow, the more than a trend for less is developing. This sort of trend is a minimalistic lifestyle. That isn’t to say this movement is bad, in fact, it’s still a good move as we move away from less material things and focus more on the...

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Pretty in the Inside

“Vanity is a sin.” My father was teasing me. He busted me at age 16, posing in front of the mirror at different angles checking myself out. I giggled in response but walked away a second later, embarrassed to have been caught thinking I was pretty. I suppose I came by...

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I Challenge to You To Do Something Positively Easy Today

Do you fully realize just how shitty some people’s lives are? Do you know that some people are barely making it through life and that it takes every ounce of energy they have just to keep moving? Do you get it that some people are broken and filled with regret day...

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Short Story: The Dolphins and the Moons of Time

Bartolome swam across the coral and nudged Whitefinn playfully. But Whitefinn didn’t react as he usually did with his childlike smile, summersault out of the water or race off after a fishing boat. Whitefinn’s mouth remained closed and his small eyes barely gave...

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4 More Wonderful Myth Busters on Creativity

Remember these words: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10,NIV).” I want you to know that some of the things you have been told about being artist are NOT true....

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Celebrations

Joyful celebrations felt in my heart Seeing bright flowers of varied colors, Cool summer breeze caressing my face Calmness now in just sitting and being. Small things often bring great pleasure Grateful for them coming into my life, Interesting people passing my way...

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Don’t Get Sad Before You Have To

A Mantra To Keep The Anxiety Monster At Bay Yup, another grey sky low humidity day here, and so the Anxiety Monster is just bubbling beneath the surface, and I’m daring it to rear its ugly head. Anxious In The Summertime? You’re Not Alone. Science Says So.medium.com...

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Blogging in an Evening Gown

Blogging on a WordPress site feels so formal. I have to put on a fancy dress to write. While on a Blogger blog, I just throw on a pair of jeans. Excuse me as I readjust my push-up bra. Better, but my Spanx is so constricting, I can hardly think or breathe although my...

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Bipolar Confessions from a wife, mother, and friend

I struggle with type 2 bipolar disorder. Bipolar has transformed my life into a monumental challenge, and I feel guilty when it affects my family and friends. Fatigue Smiling, interacting, being part of the family unit or social circle… all can be exhausting. Between...

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Start Fire To your Own Initiative

I am a procrastinator — a waster of time. I am sucked in by games on my phone, posts on Facebook, and the television. BUT I am a writer looking for inspiration in what I read and what I see and what I do. “An open calendar with short notes scribbled next to the dates”...

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The Importance Of Being Self-Aware

Take an inventory of yourself and figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. I will be honest with you my dear friends. I am absolutely terrible at a lot of things. No seriously. Here is a list of all the things that I am bad at: Algebra. Repairing things that...

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Meditation

Meditation. Yoga. Zen. Centering. It’s in magazines and fitness classes and elementary school phys. ed. We know we need slow down. But. When the same magazine suggests we need to redecorate, dress better, shop more, and be a super parent, we feel less contemplative by...

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At 65+: How to Unlock The Genuine Value of Lawn Mowing

I might as well start with a confession. I’m on the other side of 65 and until this summer had never mowed a lawn. Never. In. My. Life. Not in my youth in suburban Chicago. Not in my New Jersey-centered suburban life nor at the revered second home. I hardly thought...

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Is Youth Really Wasted On The Young?

Wisdom is not always the answer “Youth is wasted on the young“— George Bernard Shaw This saying is regularly espoused from the mouths of those who have lived a well-lived life. For we have travelled many roads and made many a wrong turn. And for reasons unbeknownst,...

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Freshness

Freshness felt after falling rain Lightness in breathing new air, Lush growth in flowers and plants A new crispness in nature’s arriving. Fertility permeates our good Earth, New sprouts and blooms being born, This freshness felt deep within Igniting feelings of new...

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Losing My Marbles

Or What’s Left of Them. If you’re familiar with some of my stories, you’ll know that I’m painfully absent-minded at times. Lately, more so than I care to admit. I’m not sure quite why, but if I had to hazard an educated guess, I’d say I have sooo much shit in my head...

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Now that I’ve Quit My Job, What’s Next?

A little over a year and a half ago I retired rather abruptly from a job I loved. I had planned on hanging in there a while longer. I was a director at a nonprofit that did a lot of good for a lot of people. We helped the homeless, single moms, working poor and a host...

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A Surefire Idea to Instantly Improve Your Writing

Years ago, when my children asked me to review their papers for school, I always responded with the same question: Did you already edit it? In the beginning, they always insisted they had. And then I proceeded to circle simple typos and grammatical errors that I know...

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Aug 6th-Aug 9th

I thought I’d be used to it after 15 years, the angry stares that hold a little longer on those days. Even though those old enough to have lived it are almost gone TV keeps it alive for the young. I want to say, “The decision was Trueman’s 35 years before I was born....

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Whitewash

The room was whitewashed - the fresh coating of plaster smelled eerily familiar. The paint had wiped away any scratches or smudges that had adorned the walls previously. Had they left nothing behind, though, in the house they had spent so many decades living in? The...

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Why Motivation Matters And Where to Find It

Motivation is described as interactions of both conscious and unconscious influences. It is the intensity of our desires or needs, It is influenced by the reward or value of our goals, It is dependant on the expectation we lay on ourselves and from our friends,...

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It’s Time To Leave A true story

Over the span of twenty-plus years, a component of my business was to represent lenders in the sale and disposition of foreclosed real estate. Many of these were family homes. I am an empathetic guy; I have been the underdog in my own lifetime and again, and being a...

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Meeting Prince Charles — A Memoir

The funeral service at Scots’ Church in Melbourne, Australia for former Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies had just ended. My wife and I were now at a reception and luncheon for members of the official diplomatic delegations to the State Funeral. It was May 19, 1978. We...

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Samson’s Great Weaknesses

My life should have been so different. I know this is not the life my parents had envisioned. From the time I was a young boy, they told me stories about the angel announcing my birth. I was to be set apart from others, I was to be different. Born to lead. That may...

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This is What Happens When You Empower a Genius

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincen van Gogh Heis considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. In just under 9 years he produced some 800 works of art. And in 2015, his...

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My Daughter

Thoughts today of my grown daughter The lovely young woman she has become, Remembering holding her right after birth Tender feelings in that first embrace. Watching her grow as a little girl Enjoying her freedom with abandon, Reading her stories at many bedtimes Her...

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Killing Me Softly

Living with the effects of Fibromyalgia. I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I had read about it online, wondering what exactly the symptoms are. My mother was diagnosed a couple years ago as well. When an acquaintance saw that I was always rubbing my...

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2 Corinthians 1:4 | Morning Verses with Mike

*** In this video I mention a movement. Please go to www.FightWithMichelle.com to see the story. Pray, Share, Donate. *** 2 Corinthians 1:4 “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same...

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Rethinking Weakness

Let’s change the way we think about being weak “We will become weak, just as we will become strong” I had these words running through my mind today, and it made me think about how we think about weakness. Strength is a very important part of our lives. Whether it’s...

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Theodore and Libra

It is true. I have no need to worry about where my next meal is gonna come but I’d been thinking about seeking the kind of adoration that comes from being an-only-feline in the house. Now before you go calling me ungrateful, an infidel or worse let me just tell you...

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If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say nothin’ at all.” That’s a quote by Thumper in the movie, Bambi. However, we have all at one time or another heard some variation of this quote many times in our lifetimes. One of the first times I remember hearing it...

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Art, Yoga, and how I became a “Yoguy”

As I write this, I’m holding a copy of the new book I just released (ok, so it’s next to me because I can’t type while holding it…). The book is called “The Art of Yoga” and is the second book I’ve self-published this year! It features my yoga art portraits alongside...

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This is Why Searching for Your Passion is Unreliable

“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela “Should I be a professional baseball player or a movie star?” I once asked my younger brother. I made the inquiry as casually...

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Are You After Numbers or Results?

Are you doing what you do for numbers or for results? Being an endurance runner sometimes it is easy to confuse pace with results. For instance, last year when I attempted my first 100-mile race I had my watch set where the predominant number was pace. In so doing I...

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The Christian Myth of God, Hate, & Divorce

Several years ago my wife and I were having a particularly difficult time in our young marriage. In hindsight, I can see my part of our problems. But in that season, everything was her fault as far as my mind was concerned. I was in my mid-twenties, miserable with my...

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Your Life Is Teaching You To Be Content If You Let It

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  — Apostle Paul My wife and I had a plan when we were first...

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We Should Focus on Outliers More

What’s an Outlier? In my article on education, I mentioned how some students, often the systemically disobedient, tend to be some of the most intelligent. These individuals, outliers from the normal distribution in more ways than one, can be some of the greatest...

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Leave Room

I knew it was too heavy. I had packed my suitcase with everything from clothes and shoes to toiletry items. Not to mention my pillow. The additional things I bought while we were in Florida did nothing to help the situation. The airport scale told the story: my...

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Are You Ready For the REAL New Year

That’s Sept 4th This Year, In Case You’re Wondering, And Yes You Need to Set Some Goals My Mom and I never liked summer all that much. Oh sure, there were those days where I lay on my back and breathed in fresh cut grass, or where I went blueberry picking in the field...

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This is What Made Me Like Exercising

A true story from a girl who used to hate working out After many many conversations and persuasions from my friend to get me to join a gym and get fit, I decided to prove him wrong. I’m someone who loathed exercising and seeing so many complications using gym...

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Why We Need Our Comfort Zone

A lesson I learned the hard way I’ve been doing a lot of new things this year. New things take us outside of our comfort zone. This can be fun and exciting. It can also be scary. When something is new there are unknowns. We’re comfortable with what we know. Unknowns...

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Character

Streams of light run through the soul Illuminating truths in every moment, Truths that inspire our daily acts While forming strong character within. Beings adhering to these truths Become great souls for all to see, They act with love and dignity Using their gifts for...

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So Sick of Being Sick

Here comes another Mom rant… Today, I told my husband over the phone that I wished I could curl up in a hole and die. I am on day 4 of this sucker. It might be the flu. I’m sure as hell not wasting a doctor’s trip, dragging 4 kids and myself out of our quarantine. Why...

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Discovery

My heart abounds in freedom And the joy of being alive, Sharing presence with all here As the moments quickly pass by. People wandering in their worlds Possessing character all their own, Quite varied in what dwells within Always interesting discoveries to make....

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How You Will Boost Your Creative Self

How you and I can be the creative people God made us to be It was time. It was time to start painting again. For some reason, I have not picked up a paintbrush or pencil, except for my Bible journalling, for a long time. Yesterday I decided to express myself with my...

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Minds

Raindrops falling in unusual abundance Glistening brightly in an overcast light, Watering earth to quench its thirst Allowing nature continuing its course. Water is critical for nurturing growth In plants, trees, flowers and all of life, Just as tiny raindrops...

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The Myth of the “Other”

As Old as Humanity Itself There’s a notion in the human mind of the “other.” Maybe it’s inherent, maybe it’s a result of the cultures we have been raised in, but either way, this concept persists in our thinking. Somehow we struggle to find some sense of personal...

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Write and publish when you have something to say

That’s a trick headline Never in the history of the world has there been a time in which it has been easier to write and publish than right now. God bless Tim Berners-Lee and all the folks at CERN for starting the internet down the road to its present format. Most...

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Make the Impossible Possible

Breathe! That’s what I kept telling myself as I was chugging up yet another steep incline. I know I’m supposed to breathe, it most certainly will make the steep ascent much easier, but for some reason on these steep parts of mountain trails, I tend to start holding my...

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UNFORGETTABLE LAST DAY WITH MOM

If you currently struggle with or have ever suffered from drug addiction of any kind, or alcoholism, or both, I dedicate this memory of mine to you. I applaud you for taking the steps necessary, or are in the process of doing so, and for realizing how change is...

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Why Are Your Beautiful Relationships Going Wrong?

What You Don’t Know That You Don’t Know Are you having trouble connecting with your partner? Are the times of conflict increasing and the times of joy decreasing? Are you wondering if your relationship is going to last? Relationships are meant to be an area that...

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This is What Happens When You Don’t Quit

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” — C.S. Lewis On January 22, 1989, you could hear a pin drop in my house. Friends and family were huddled around our bulky Sony television set like a campfire. The San Francisco 49ers were playing the Cincinnati...

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When Just Plain Like is Not Enough

We Need to Love More Even When We Don’t Like It You know what I love about Facebook? Yes, the connecting and sharing is great. I get joy from reaching out to my followers on Walking Deeper and I love the interaction there. My personal page is also a great way to...

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Do Millennials Really Need to Stop Whining?

“Millennials can be very hardworking, but it’s easier to tell the story of the ones who are entitled.” -Kathryn Minshew I feel like I know next to nothing about my own generation. The two-edged sword that is the Internet has allowed us to form in our minds what it...

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Weight Loss of the Heart

The weight loss showing on the numbers on the scale were nothing to the weight loss coming off my heart. Don’t get me wrong the physical difference was significant. However, compared to the emotional and spiritual difference there isn’t even a comparison. It took...

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The Secret Life of Rock Ponds

Flash fiction A gust carried the cry of the solitary fisherman to the children huddled below at the rock ponds. For a moment the two turned their faces as the wind swallowed the man’s warning. His dark figure waved at them from the far end of the pier, silhouetted...

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And This Door Too I Shall Kick Down

In order to be successful in life, you will have to learn how to create opportunities for yourself. Have you ever felt trapped? Have you ever felt that you keep having to face one closed door after another whenever you are trying to make a better life for yourself? It...

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3 Reasons Why Travel is More Important in Retirement

Travel can be anywhere; just as long as you go. Travel is important at any time in life. Travel gets you out of your shell, your culture, your background, your self-imposed confines. At a young age, travel exposes you to the world, whether across the state, across the...

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Do You Know How To Receive the Gifts of Devastating Loss

His Death Gave Me A Deepening Sense of the Purpose of Life The day he died we ate one of his favorite meals for dinner: pizza. My beloved and I were watching a favorite television program together later in the evening, around 9 p.m., on March 9, 2017. Suddenly he...

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The Rise and Fall of Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a form of yoga that is long overdue in a world where most people spend countless hours of their life stuck in chairs in their offices, in front of TVs/laptops, or even while commuting to work or travelling long distance. I must accept the blame for...

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Ask More Questions on Social Media to Improve Your Life

“So, I have to ask, what’s with all the questions on Facebook?” I was at a funeral, talking with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. It was about the third or fourth time I’d been asked this question in the last few months. I began by explaining that I didn’t have...

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How to Take Winning Steps Toward Realizing Your Dreams

So You Can Live Out those Dreams Hidden in Your Heart What dreams may come depends on what steps you take. We can put our hope in receiving a windfall or wait for opportunities to drop in our lap, but I would venture to say neither is likely. When they do happen it’s...

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How Can We Help Beyond Our Capacity

Helping Others in Their Darkest Moments Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash How can I help you? We might ask that question and receive any number of responses. Most times the answer is either “No thanks, I’m good” or “Yes please, how much time do you have? Even when the...

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Are You Distracted?

How often do you have a phone in your hands when you’re driving? I didn’t realize it had become a habit for me until the “Hands Free Law” went into effect in our state at the beginning of the month. The new law “prohibits motorists from holding phones and other...

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Obsessed About How to go Viral

Are You Desperately Trying to Figure Out How They Do it? Nothing succeeds like success, but sometimes, as creatives, we fall into the big internet trap. Trying to suss out how “they” do it so we can do it, too. We spend most of our time reading articles on the...

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1 Kings 17:24 | Morning Verses With Mike

1 Kings 17:24 (NLT) Then the woman told Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God and that the Lord truly speaks through you.” No one knows exactly who wrote the book of Kings. It is the story of Solomon’s rule and the downhill slide afterward....

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How to Write (or Pursue Dreams) When Distractions Arise

My four main distractions are incredibly cute Writing with little a little one around does not really make for a conducive writing atmosphere. Trying to write with four little boys running around does not make it any easier. Distractions are around every single...

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On Distracted Minds and Callous Hearts

The first sign that my mind is distracted and my heart is turning callous is I stop reading my Bible consistently. After that, it’s a domino effect in other areas of my life. I find I’m less patient. Less kind. Less loving. Less hopeful. Less everything. I really...

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Golden Rules For Start Up Entrepreneurs

A Must Have Guide 1. Marry Your Company And The Employees! 💑 Working harmoniously with your employees and co-founders is like getting married to them! Understanding and compromising are two important traits that can help your business run smoothly. 2. Have a ‘KISS’...

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Are You a Traveller Or A Tourist When You Go Away?

“All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost.” — JRR Tolkien When I returned from my first prolonged period of travels — sixteen months backpacking around Latin America — I called myself a ‘Traveller’, without really thinking about the...

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Becoming a Better Writer Through Reading

My11th grade English teacher was in over her head. While she qualified for her job as a high school English teacher she somehow got this raw deal where she only taught two classes a day, each in a different room because she didn’t have a classroom of her own. She was...

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Forgetting My Best Friend

Imagine the wisest friend you have in the world, somebody who only wanted the best for you and always knew the right thing to do in any situation. A friend loyal to you in every way who you can cry to and laugh with and be yourself. I am blessed with a friend just...

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You Can’t Heal a Broken Heart With Broccoli

Chocolate. ‘nuff said. I could probably just end this whole article right there with that word. Really. Chocolate heals broken hearts. Chocolate does lots of amazing things for us. I want to kiss the person who invented it. For real. I used to eat it every single damn...

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Peaceful Unity

Turbulence swirling all around us Arguments and acrimony everywhere, Conflicts about our common values What it means to be human beings. Different views about what is needed Conflicting rather than reconciling, No way for beings to find the truth Or live together in...

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Kundalini Confusion

I have no idea what to expect. Some Indian music plays in the background, a sitar, warbly singing, Mantras maybe. We sit in a circle on a large white couch. The Deeksha Givers ask us to close our eyes and relax or meditate. I’m in half lotus slowly counting my breath....

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5 Remarkable Ideas Only Great Writers Will Understand

Words have souls When you embark on your writer’s journey, the ticket seller doesn’t tell you anything about the cruise you’re going on. He just takes your money and points you in the direction of the gangplank. After that, you’re on your own. It’s up to you what kind...

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Being Able To Face The Person In The Mirror

It all starts with having the ability to love and respect yourself. You can go through your entire life answering other people’s questions falsely. You can spend your days giving people half-truths. Everyone can get fooled by your answers. But here is the thing… You...

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Lost My Job and Found My Financial Freedom

Birkenstocks & Speedos Part 2 Where we left off last time, Nicole and I were feverishly praying for God to deliver us into financial freedom while working with our written budget and doing our part to make it happen. There were months of very little progress. Then I...

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Stop ‘Should’ing on Me

— and I’ll stop ‘Should’ing on You “Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” — Yehuda Berg The world is full of people giving advice. Some solicited and some not. Sometimes the advice is...

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The Agoraphobic Survival Guide

How to Excel in a Life of Solitude I’m not a full time or an expert agoraphobic. It mainly depends on my mood for the day. During my most heightened stretches of anxiety and depression, I may not leave the house for a couple of weeks. When I say house, I mean my...

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Sunsets Are Just Sunrises Waiting to Happen

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV I was running on some country road in the middle of nowhere Wyoming and the sun began to set. As I was held spellbound by the incredible, dazzling colors of the sunset...

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Raising Kids Who Are Comfortable in Their Own Skin

It’s not as hard as you think Kids are born unique in some ways and shaped by their environment in others. Although there is more and more evidence that we can change our brains, and in some ways, even our personalities, there is still that thing deep down inside that...

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Desert Blooms

Cacti growing in the barren desert With colorful blooms sprouting forth, Verdant with roots firmly in the sand Amid rocky forms of imposing stature. There is calmness in this desert scene Not easily disturbed by other forces, Cacti enduring and adding color To browns...

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Say hello to the toxic fungi already living inside you

Fungi are persistent and adaptable; effective in all that they do. They can even mimic parts of your body and send out confusing signals to evade detection. Fungi is the plural of fungus and they take on many forms. Whether you realize it or not, dangerous fungi are...

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Writing From Flow & The Grind: You Need Both

“The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.” — Augusten Burroughs I have this post I’m...

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Honest Affection

We fight. Everyone does. Without occasional struggle there’s no story. But there’s enough days like the ones Mr. Reed sang about to keep us coming back. We’ll reap what we sow and smile broadly into the...

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Live Leadership Lessons from The Front with Joe Cala

This week my guest is Joe Cala! Joe has over 20 years in business and leadership, Joe is a source of spiritual inspiration and daily motivation in positivity & sales strategies! Joe connects with people he ignites their passion, processes, powerful truths and helps...

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Yes It’s True, but Also Unhelpful

A quick lesson from a situation which turned out better than I thought it would Having a child who is basically a miniature version of myself is a bit scary. I see so much of myself in the way our seven-year-old talks, walks, and questions. You hear about this...

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The Secret Life of Rock Ponds

Flash fiction A gust carried the cry of the solitary fisherman to the children huddled below at the rock ponds. For a moment the two turned their faces as the wind swallowed the man’s warning. His dark figure waved at them from the far end of the pier, silhouetted...

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3 Reasons Why Travel is More Important in Retirement

Travel can be anywhere; just as long as you go. Travel is important at any time in life. Travel gets you out of your shell, your culture, your background, your self-imposed confines. At a young age, travel exposes you to the world, whether across the state, across the...

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How to get the mentorship of your dreams

Getting a great mentorship can be tough regardless of your profession, but especially for an artist Sometimes being an artist is hard. Being creative and having the whole world in front of you it can be difficult to really know what direction to go, even knowing where...

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When Is NOT Speaking The Truth in Love Okay?

Several years ago I took a class called “Speaking The Truth in Love.” The premise of the class was that if you care enough about people and they are making wrong decisions, you need to let them know it. You need to be upfront, direct and truthful, for their own good....

Dealing With Bad News When You Have Anxiety

How You Can Help Yourself, And How You Can Help Others You know how life is just going along with good things and annoying things but overall things are fine but still, you wish you could have some time where nothing bad happens and you kind of whine and complain...

The Secret to Unbridled Creativity

How to schedule the Muse and make it do your bidding Every artist faces a creative drought sometimes. Maybe you call it writer’s block. That’s when you feel you’ve got no good ideas. No matter how hard you wrack your brain, they’re just stuck in there somewhere out of...

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