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Words: “The World Of The Individual Person…”

Recently, Pew Research asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life.  Instead of presenting group responses, they highlighted the wonderful responses and stories from the world of the individual person.  It reminded me that: Everything of value and meaning… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles,… Continue Reading →

Book Review: TRUE PLACES by Sonia Yoerg

For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, TRUE PLACES has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and… Continue Reading →

Universal Well-Being And Planetary Considerations

What will it take for us to let go of our endless debates and finger-pointings over global warming or global climate change?  When will we begin to truly recognize that the heart of our human existence and survival is the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

I was fascinated by WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING when I first learned about author Delia Owens’s background studying wildlife in Africa, and her awards as a nature writer. I was in the mood for a book lush in setting and… Continue Reading →

Words: “After Us, There Will Be Others…”

You know you are hanging out with the right kind of friends, when, on a day you most need it, you are gifted with a beautiful starfish and the words “You make a difference every day!” The original Starfish Story… Continue Reading →

Then The Giant Wasps Came

The odds were running high against the young Kohlrabi plants from the start.  They were an impulse buy spurred on by my childhood memories of eating them raw and fresh peeled from my grandmother’s garden.  I love Kohlrabi’s sweet cabbagey… Continue Reading →

Walking In Nature — A Basic Tool For Creative Multitasking

Author Julia Cameron points out that one of the most valuable tools for creativity is one of the simplest — walking. When she wrote THE ARTIST’S WAY she didn’t address exercise until week 12 in the program. In IT’S NEVER… Continue Reading →

Forget Their Shoes — Ask and Listen!

The often quoted standard procedure for gaining empathy and understanding is to imagine ourselves in another person’s shoes. But recent research by Tal Eyal, Mary Steffel, & Nicholas Epley (2018) suggests that stepping into another’s shoes and taking their perspective… Continue Reading →

Words: “The Field Of All Possibilities…”

When all the stars align in our favor, we tend to feel a sense of self-satisfaction that the universe has fallen into place for us.  But instead, maybe we should feel a sense of humbling recognition that among the field… Continue Reading →

Only Human? So What Does That Take?

There are days when it feels like being human should be easier than it is. We are “Only Human” so what does that take… Can we recognize our fallibility without making an excuse?  Can we allow others to be humble without… Continue Reading →

Topi’s Camping Adventure

What did you do this summer? That seems to be the universal question of greeting as summer winds down and we begin to migrate back to our normal routine of work, school, and fall social occasions. Of course, how you… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli

Wow. I could probably stop there, honestly, because that’s about all you need to know. But… I can’t do that because I loved this book too much not to talk about it. THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli is an intense portrayal… Continue Reading →

Would Your Ideal Americans be — Honest, Kind, Strong, and Responsible?

These days, it is kind of hard not to believe the great American divide is all around us. As proof we are bombarded daily with endless examples of a society divided by class, race, gender, politics, finances… And not to… Continue Reading →

Here’s To Your Liberty And Mine

While your liberty and mine can take many different forms, may we ever embrace and strive towards an ideal of liberty where all people have the right, the power, and the ability to choose… “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to… Continue Reading →

Book Review: PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY by Jessica McCann

In Jessica McCann’s PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY you get a front-row view of the horrors of the American Dust Bowl. Your skin will sting with torrents of dust, your eyes will burn from the grit, your heart will race. Yes, you will… Continue Reading →

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE WEIGHT OF INK by Rachel Kadish

THE WEIGHT OF INK by Rachel Kadish is one of those books that, when you close its covers upon reading the final pages, you know you’ve read something special. It is also the kind of book that, days later, sinks… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “Nature Brings Solace In All Troubles”

Within her diary, first published as THE SECRET ANNEX and later published as THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, Anne Frank expresses her belief in the healing power of nature — “amidst the simple beauty of nature…will always be comfort… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE SHAPE OF IDEAS by Grant Snider

First, a confession: I’ve long been a fan and a follower of Grant Snider’s “Incidental Comics.”  Seeing one of his comic strips pop-up in my Twitter feed is like a gift of sunshine to brighten my day.   My eyes… Continue Reading →

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