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Betty Streff

Maybe the Grasshopper Had it Right, Aesop Old Boy

(Read in less than :04)"Don't neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today."~Aesop   Most of us grew up on fables. The Fox and Grapes, The Crow and the Pitcher, and dozens more. I'll give him this, Aesop was prolific, he wrote nearly 700 of these tales. He's probably the most familiar of all fable tellers. I admit he...

Silence. Do You Hear What It’s Telling You?

(Read in less than :04)"Everything that's created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness."~ Wayne Dyer   Last month I mentioned that my friend Mary Jane gave me a book. I read it very slowly, in sweet, tiny bites and I savored each page....

messy mistake

Mistakes. Turn Your Mess Into a Message

 (Read in less than :03)Your best teacher is your last mistake." Ralph Nader   I'm chewing on last weekend's event like a junk yard dog with a ham bone. It was quite an experience and I keep noodling on how to incorporate what I learned into my daily life. I've made lots of mistakes and at times I've let them define me. But who hasn't made mistakes? I...

Growing Pains? Good For You!

(Read in less than :03)"Do not claim you want to grow and then run away the minute you feel growing pains."#bossbabe   Growing pains. Remember how your legs ached when you began to shoot up and get taller? I can still recall that deep ache in my own young bones. Our youngest suffered terribly with growing pains. Sobbing, she would crawl to my bedside in the wee hours...

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Looking for Remarkable in All The Wrong Places?

"Be genuine. Be remarkable. Be worth connecting with.~Seth Godin   Sometimes, we just get lucky don't we? A close parking spot on a rainy day, no line at the car wash, or cracking open an egg and finding it's a double yolker! This week, I scored big time in my reading. Joshua Becker is one of my favorite writers and I eat up his blog Becoming Minimalist. It's...

September thoughts

September is the New January. Give It a Try!

(Read in about :03)"Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~T.S. Eliot   September has burst upon us. Beautiful, glorious, blue-skyed month that she is. Full of promise and new starts. Vacations are sweet memories, school is well into the first quarter, and Labor Day, the second bookend of summer, has come and gone. Routines, so wonky all summer, have gotten more normal and the wheels of our everyday activities are humming along smoothly...

Readers Become Writers Who Want Readers. Right?

(Read in just over :03)“I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.” ~ John Cheever   Long before a person even thinks about becoming a writer, they're almost always a reader. And more than a casual reader. No, more like a book junkie. Like me, I've always been happiest with my nose in a book. I have to wonder why there isn’t...

Dark Mood Ahead. Detour on the Road to Joy

  (Read in just over :03) "The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low."~ Richard Carlson   Before you go getting the wrong idea about me, you need to know something. This is not just a little rah-rah-feel-good blog. You won't get sugar shock reading my sweet posts. No sir, I'm not always feelin' it. Somedays I just don't...

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Abundance. Life ROI. Lessons from the Farm

(Read in just over :03)“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”~ Steve Maraboli   I'm tellin' you something. If you live on a farm for 34 years it will change you. It sure changed me. Maybe it's corny but nothing grows more abundantly on a farm than metaphors for life. Living...