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Three Things That Help Squelch Negative Self-Talk!

“Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.”~ Ann Bradford   My dear friend and mentor Pat McGill always starts her day by spending time in what author Matthew Kelly calls "the classroom of silence." I love starting off every morning the same way and when I don't, the difference is really noticeable. However, all too often our prayer life starts...

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Calm. The Very Best Superpower.

(A 3-minute read)“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön   Have you ever watched time-lapse photography of clouds? An entire day, captured in mere minutes. It's fascinating to watch clouds come and go. See how they thicken and grow dark? Just as quickly, they become pale and thin to nothing. Their shadows glide quickly over the face of the earth below,...

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Drive Out Disappointment and Discouragement

  “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”~ Henry David Thoreau   This may come as a real shock to some of you, but sometimes I'm hopelessly at a loss for words. Yes, even me. Betty, who must always be mindful to curb her excessive wordiness. Let's get real. We're all human beings, not machines. That means even the strongest among...

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...

A Legacy is Created One Day at a Time

“A jug fills drop by drop” ~Buddha Everyone should be lucky enough to have a good send-off when they die. I’ve noticed that elderly people often become virtual “funeral connoisseurs.” They've attended so many they begin to discuss the subtle nuances of each occasion. A meaningful funeral might actually be one of the best indicators of a life well lived. Wakes are even more telling. What will...