“One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover
creative solitude.”

Carl Sandburg

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Reflections

 

“One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.”

Carl Sandburg

 ________

Reflections

The Present Has No Stories

The Present Has No Stories

We are all wired to create stories. Stories are the way humans make sense of their lives. The ability to craft stories separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Most of the time we don’t even realize we’re creating a story. The guy that cut me off in traffic...

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When the Kaleidoscope Shatters

When the Kaleidoscope Shatters

I often talk and write about the fact that we all perceive the world, ourselves, and ourselves in the world through many unique lenses, most of which we are unaware. These lenses may have been formed by: The part of the world we grew up in Our family of origin Our...

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She Let Go

She Let Go

“She Let Go” Attributed to Safir Rose and Ernest Holmes   I'm taking an online class, and the instructors start each session with a poem. I posted this one entitled She Let Go on my Facebook page and was amazed at the responses I received, almost all from women....

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If you don’t see it, it will manage you

If you don’t see it, it will manage you

I just finished reading the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Louise Penny. It’s entitled The Madness of Crowds. This is Penny’s 17th installment in the adventures of Inspector Gamache. Readers have fallen in love with the inhabitants of the fictional...

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How You See Changes What You See

How You See Changes What You See

As a man is, so he sees. --William Blake, 1799* I think you can switch this quotation to read, “As a man sees, so he is.” Of course, if I were writing this, I would replace man with person. I often use the phrase, “How we see changes what we see.” It’s a cornerstone...

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Butterflies are Lucky

Butterflies are Lucky

My husband passed away a few months ago after a long illness. On the outside, I don’t seem much different. Friends are telling me I look more rested now; I’m getting out more. I’m back at work. But on an interior level, I feel as though I’m going through a...

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Tough Old Broads

Tough Old Broads

"If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it." -- Bette Davis   The other night I had dinner with two long-time friends that I hadn’t seen for a while and we were catching up. To anyone listening to us, you’d think we’d be horribly...

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Infinite Possibilities

Infinite Possibilities

“Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.” --Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz   I had cataract surgery on my right eye yesterday. I’ll have my left eye done in a couple of weeks. They replaced my cloudy lens with a multi-focal lens that also corrects my...

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Gloriousness and Wretchedness

Gloriousness and Wretchedness

I have been reading Pema Chodron’s book, Start Where You Are, and the above quote jumped off the page at me. What followed was a beautiful description of gloriousness and wretchedness and the necessity of both in our lives. “Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us,...

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Do you ever read a book and find yourself highlighting interesting lines on almost every page? That was me as I was reading “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” by Lori Gottlieb. The book was recommended to me by another coach. She said the author was very good at...

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day

Happy Administrative Professionals Day

Sometimes not often enough We reflect upon the good things And those thoughts always center around those we love And I think about those people who mean so much to me And for so many years have made me so very happy And I count the times I have forgotten to say "thank...

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House vs. Home

House vs. Home

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort” Jane Austen We have a vacation home in the mountains of Colorado and my daughter has been living there during the pandemic. Well, the fires got a little too close, so she packed up and moved to our home in...

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