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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 →

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 →

Music: Augustin Hadelich’s “Fantasy of the Cats”

We listen to music for a variety of reasons — to relax, to distract, to celebrate, to evoke a memory, to capture a moment, to alter our mood, to reflect our emotions, to enhance our brain functions… But, have you… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong

“…there is a bit of magic in this author’s ability to tell a deeply affecting story with interspersed humor” I will be honest: I don’t know how to feel about this book. Prior to picking up GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel… Continue Reading →

The Myth Behind Fried Green Tomatoes

When I first moved to the south about twelve years ago, I saw fried green tomatoes on just about every menu here. While living in the north, I had not been very aware of this dish.  As a home cook… Continue Reading →

Music: FURTHER by Black Lab

The only thing better than finding a song that speaks to a pivotal moment in our lives, is finding a band that continues to reconnect as we journey through life. I didn’t know it at the time, but I first became… Continue Reading →

So Tell Me Again… Who Is Them?

In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “We are different so that we can know our need of one another.“ And yet, lately (and particularly as I watch the ever-widening political divide), it feels as if we have forgotten how very much we… Continue Reading →

Book Review: DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg

“stellar writing… unique story structure… uncannily genuine” I have to admit, when I picked up DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg, I had reservations based on the theme, which felt like it had been done a million times … “Character… Continue Reading →

Martin Molin and the Musical Marble Machine

There is something so utterly fascinating about mechanical music machines.  I don’t know what captivates me the most — whether it is the complex timing involved, the thousands of little intricacies and artistries, or the idea that so much thought, imagination… Continue Reading →

Words: “… Meeting Physical Force With Soul Force”

In 1963  Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just share his dream of the future and his faith in the American peoples’ (and world’s) ability to come together for equality and justice.  He spoke not just of rights and achieving a moral outcome.  He… Continue Reading →

Words: “Ingredients For Your Cognitive Salad”

Some Jason Silva inspiration for your day. When asked “Can we harness the secrets of ‘Getting In The Zone?’ Can we ‘Hack Our Flow State?’”, Jason Silva says — Yes! “I have found that the best way is to take… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “It’s A Beautiful Glass”

Wanting to understand “What is it that makes us human?” filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand collected images and stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries about love, work, poverty, death, war… for his film HUMAN.  In this excerpt, John Halcyon Styn shares an inspirational story about… Continue Reading →

Caterpillars — Masters of Domination

Evolution does strange and wondrous things — like creating Caterpillars Masters of Domination! I’m proof of how little we know of nature’s complexity and how much we misidentify actions through our limited knowledge…  I always thought the most amazing thing about caterpillars, besides their… Continue Reading →

Words: “Do Worthwhile Work”

We all want ‘what we do’ to be valued. And we want to be valued for what we do … Since what we do actually builds platforms for future actions by ourselves and others… Wouldn’t it make sense that the choices we make every day… Continue Reading →

Book: THE ENCHANTED by Rene Denfeld

“Stunning … a darkly beautiful, moving book” THE ENCHANTED by Rene Denfeld in one word: stunning! Of course, I can’t stop at a one-word description for what is, without a doubt, my favorite read this year. This book also makes… Continue Reading →

The #HateWontWin Challenge

How do you continue a legacy of love in the face of a horrific tragedy? The #HateWontWin Challenge Build bonds of hope. Alana Simmons began to build hope for millions of people around the world when she told Dylann Roof, the… Continue Reading →

What’s Your Favorite Way To Celebrate The 4th Of July?

The semi-official/traditional Independence Day celebration includes food outdoors with family/friends, parades and fireworks.  But I often wonder if we still love our current ways to celebrate the 4th of July as much as the media does? If given the chance to start from scratch and create… Continue Reading →

Music: LAY DOWN by Melanie Safka

If we learn nothing else from history it should be: — Nothing is more valuable than love, more courageous than peace, or more precious than life.  Hate, fear and greed hold us hostage to forces that drain our spirit, steal our creativity,… Continue Reading →

To All The Dads

To all the Dads who share in our joys during the early years — cartoons, bike rides, water balloon fights, ice cream, joy rides, Halloween … To all the Dads who teach us practical things — how to swim, ride… Continue Reading →

Quotable You: “Your Mind, Do Investigate.”

We function in a world full of assumptions.  We literally start our day with them.  We assume if we open our eyes, we will see. We assume if we stand up, the ground will hold our weight.  We assume if we see a… Continue Reading →

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