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Who Would Maya be Now?

Today, sitting outside at a cafe on Grand Avenue, I met a two-month old baby, Stella,  her mother, and her grandmother. We chatted under the shade of a tree, while Stella followed her grandmother’s words with her blue gray eyes,… Continue Reading →

Words: “… If You Only Talk About The Problem”

“… If You Only Talk About The Problem” “Speaking to thousands and thousands of people has convinced me that, if you only talk about the problem, and not the path forward, it’s almost as if people literally, physiologically–can’t hear you.” ~~… Continue Reading →

The Art of The Virtual “Smudgy Hug”

Humans are social beings.  We crave human-to-human contact.  Even as machines and technology take over more and more aspects of our lives, we try our best to humanize them. Think of our phones.  We give them names, voices and mannerisms…. Continue Reading →

Invisible Desert Dwellers

Desert dwellers are accustomed to the monsoon season and the rain it ushers in, a glass of water raised to cracked, thirsty lips. We also know that with rain, the normally dry riverbed near our home begins to ebb and… Continue Reading →

Of Mice And Women

Back in the early 1970s when I was a young nurse at Cincinnati General Hospital I was rejected from participation in a clinical study because I was female. At that time, the Hospital had a floor dedicated to clinical research,… Continue Reading →

The Black Dog of Depression

As heartbreaking as it is to lose such notable creative talents as Robin Williams and Seymour Hoffman through depression, it is even more heartbreaking to know that, globally, 350 million people live with depression.  The sad truth is we all… Continue Reading →

Words: “… Poke Life …”

“The minute that you understand that you can poke life… that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna… Continue Reading →

Music: ENOUGH by The Mrs

It’s well proven that if you repeat something often enough people will accept that “something” as a truth, even if it is actually a complete lie. Every day, all day, and from every corner imaginable, we are bombarded by media… Continue Reading →

Words: “Anybody Can Be An Agent Of Change …”

“Anybody can be an agent of change… People think that if they can’t tackle all the world’s problems and make it all better overnight, there’s no purpose. I totally disbelieve that. I believe that every action really does contribute to… Continue Reading →

A COLD OR MORE SERIOUS? Viral, bacterial and when to seek treatment.

The other day, one of the usual participants at my Pilates class who had been out for a few weeks due to illness returned.  She said she was finally feeling better.  She had a major upper respiratory viral infection and… Continue Reading →

The Bots In The Band

No tin ears here.  And what they lack in heart, they make up for in precision. (Or at least their coders did.) These Hexrotor musicians, created by KMel Robotics, put a new spin on our ideas of what musicians look like and how they play… Continue Reading →

A Second Mother To Nature

Mother Nature has seen it all!  But sometimes we can’t help wondering if she needs a back up too.   Please welcome new contributing writer Melissa Crytzer Fry, who experienced all the anxiety of a hovering second mom as  she watched… Continue Reading →

“Happy Earth Day?” Thoughts From a Fledgling Phoebe

Happy Earth Day thoughts from a fledgling Say’s Phoebe Happy Earth Day? Seriously? One Day? You’re going with that? A “Happy” Earth Day, when everyday is Happy Human Day? Earth to humans — we are not planet Human! Earth is… Continue Reading →

About That Easter Bunny…

There are lots of things I love about Easter. It’s a time of renewal of both spirit and nature as the earth comes alive again with the promise of Spring. It’s the pinnacle of my family’s faith, this year to… Continue Reading →

Thanks, Mr. Bill!

Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team. It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s good to plan at least… Continue Reading →

Book: KRIS LONGKNIFE Series by Mike Shepherd

A few years ago one of my fourth-graders walked up to me during the last week of school and said, “Mrs. Lemonier, my grandpa’s a writer.” Aren’t we all, I rudely thought. “What does he write?”“Science Fiction!” Hmmm… She introduced me… Continue Reading →

Words: “… You Tend To Get Told …”

“…you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have… Continue Reading →

Hoffman, Heroin and Addiction

An excerpt of my guest appearance on The Jerry Doyle Show, as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and I discuss the shocking death of fellow actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  With a lot of fingers pointing at Hollywood, it’s worth repeating… Continue Reading →

Should CVS Dump Junk Food And Alcohol Next?

When CVS announced its plan to stop selling all tobacco products at it’s 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014 and walk away from 2 billion in tobacco related business, the media immediately began to speculate whether other major drug store… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “…There Is No Effort Without Error Or Shortcoming…”

 The Man in the Arena “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is… Continue Reading →

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