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September 12, 2020

When I went to school in the 1980s we learned how to Stop, Drop, and Roll. To those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it is a technique taught to young children about how to survive in a fire. 

In this "back to school" season remember: going to...

August 13, 2020

Recently my friend Rebecca shared that she "lost it" when she realized there wasn't enough flour in the pantry to make cookies with her daughter. She immediately felt tightness climb across her shoulders, and she left the kitchen so her child wouldn't see how frustrate...

June 16, 2020

Everyone agrees it's so easy to be around Julie. What makes her like that?

It comes down to the 7-38-55 rule of personal communication, a theory developed in the early 1970s by Albert Mehrabian, a non-verbal communication thinker. Using the results of two studies...

April 17, 2020

This Is Your Life;
These Are The Terms;
What's The Invitation?


I heard these words about a decade ago from Ian Cron, and they have never ceased to help me. On any day, at any time, in any mood, under any condition. Even during COVID-19.

This is Your Life
Wha...

March 15, 2020

I walked into the master bathroom of our Spring Break rental and found:

• the above sign and
• an empty toilet paper holder.   

Did I feel frustrated? No, in this instance I laughed.

Psychology Today defines Frustration Tolerance as "th...

February 26, 2020

(Don't) Show Me the Love!

Good/Bad news: WE ARE WHAT WE THINK

Is that a good thing?
Well, it depends on the thought.

When we are TRIGGERED by something, like the above visual cue, a THOUGHT comes into our head. That thought creates in us a FEELING. That feeling,...

February 13, 2020

Lest we yearn for the nostalgia of the past, Dale Carnegie wrote: "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" in 1944. 

I love this book because:


• book covers don't look like this anymore
• it smells like a used book store
• "millions have overcome the worry habit" after...

December 12, 2019

Santa's got a list and he's checking it twice.

The rest of us have three lists and we're checking them twice... an hour.
Yes, lists are all important, but what's on your list, is even more so.

I have a daily list, a weekly list, and a three-month...

November 15, 2019

Amazing grace, saving grace, saying grace.
Good grace, bad grace, there but for grace...

What exactly is grace? And how do we give it, and receive it? 

The simple Christian definition of grace (the way I’m considering it) is: “unmerited divine assistan...

October 15, 2019

If you like drama, it’s a great time to be alive. Opinions are freely shared--asked for or not. Things once unspoken are now spoken. Divisiveness is real and, as we are seeing, what works for the marketplace does not always work for the soul. 

Drama...

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