February is Black History Month…

  On February 11, 1790, the Society of Friends petitioned the United States House of Representatives to abolish the slave trade. It would be 73 years later, on January 1, 1863, before the Emancipation Proclamation would be signed by President … Continue reading

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  The word ‘grace’ has many meanings. It can refer to a smooth and elegant way of moving. Some people are truly grace in motion. I am not.  I’m more the ‘thank goodness I didn’t trip this time!’ person in … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929 – 1968

  Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929 – 1968 Of all the speeches and letters, editorials and interviews that Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote and shared with us during his lifetime, none is more meaningful for me than his 1963 ‘Letter … Continue reading

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And the Word of the Year is…

  Every year a number of dictionaries publish their “Word of the Year.”  The 2017 list is interesting. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is youthquake. The noun… is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from … Continue reading

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It’s that time.  It’s a new year.

365 days of opportunity.  8,760 hours for each of us to use as we choose.

There will be frustrating events.  Challenges and disappointments.

There will happy surprises…times of celebration.

Birthdays and holidays.

Day-to-day, repetitions of chores and habitual tasks.

Seasons that go by.  Current events that grab our attention if just for a moment.

The activity can sweep us up and carry us through the days with such a blurring of days that all of a sudden we’re listening to Christmas carols and Auld Lang Syne again.

What happened to all of that anticipated time?

As I wrap up 2017, my mind keeps returning to the quote, “I would rather fail at something I love then regret not doing anything.”  It’s been a topsy-turvy year.  Many changes.  Unexpected turbulence.  But I have no regrets.  I did my best.

But there was also much to celebrate.  Family times and events that created great memories and will bring joy into the future.  Blessings.

Each year arrives as a blank slate. As we age, they seem to slip by more quickly. Still the 365 days of choice and opportunity belong to each of us.  Days to live as we believe. Days to choose happiness. Days to create memories. Days to cherish even the difficulties and sadness that will undoubtedly visit our lives.

Days to live…consciously.   Intentionally.

Happy New Year!!

May every day be truly yours to embrace and make your own.


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Christmas Comes

  Christmas Comes by American poet, Clay Harrison Christmas comes on catlike feet, silently at night while the anxious world is dreaming and everything turns white. Christmas comes like a baby’s cry heard long ago, the night a new star … Continue reading

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Everything we experience in life is necessary.

Life isn’t about a single moment of great accomplishment. Those moments are truly fleeting. It’s about all of the day-by-day struggles; the trials and challenges that slowly get you there—the small, inconsequential things you do on the easy days and the deep breaths you take as you forge ahead on the other days.

It’s easy to wish you had learned a lesson with less difficulty. Personally, I think we learn the most when we’re the most uncomfortable. So when things are too easy, they may not serve us well.

What does serve you well is giving yourself credit for the effort you invest in your life. The intentional way you tackle each day.

Remember that time you thought you couldn’t handle the challenge handed to you and you couldn’t make it through? You did, and you’ll do it again. Whether it’s a professional setback, a personal loss, a health crisis or a family conundrum, you took a deep breath—maybe shed a few tears—dug deep and got through.

You didn’t let challenges get the best of you.

You deserve to appreciate how far you have come. You have been through a lot; and you have learned a lot about you and about life. And you have proved you are resilient. You have strength. You are a survivor!

Every moment and experience is part of the puzzle that is your life.

Life is hard work. Even if you are committed to living in the moment—one day at a time—the cumulative days use a great deal of energy. The seemingly insignificant happenings add up and are embedded in our memory. From your first overnight stay at a friend’s house in elementary school to that job you had in high school. The evenings you spent socializing with friends you never see anymore and the hours you spent waiting for your teenagers to come home from their own social events.

Life is about how we choose to live on a day-to-day basis. It all matters in the end—every step, every decision, every risk taken and every goal achieved.

All of the day’s simple events add up to something. The laughter and tears; the hugs and the rejections. We are each sculpted by these fleeting events and our lives emerge from them.

It seems then that it’s best to embrace each moment. Experience it fully even when it feels uncomfortable—when it’s disappointing. Because in the end—

It all adds up.

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Right-sizing tradition…

  Christmas is almost here! With two weeks to go, families are very busy. Children have holiday activities; community events fill the calendar; office parties, friend gatherings, shopping and more keep us on the run! Often, running through all of … Continue reading

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  Transparency (behavior), as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in other social contexts, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. … Continue reading

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Not My Job.

  Not My Job. I’m not proud of it, but I have said it before. When we get rushed, tired, burned out, or frustrated, it’s hard not to say it. In fact, I think we all have probably seen this … Continue reading

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