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Self-deprecation: “Just Say No!”

self-deprecation: criticism of oneself; belittling, disparaging or undervaluing oneself; being excessively modest. I hesitated to write this post when my Muse first started inspiring me with concepts and even exact wording. I knew it would be self-revealing. But then I decided that we’re all basically in the same boat: life. Our individual boats may be…

“Greatness” and “Humility”

I started a blog post several weeks ago about humility but my writing stumbled to a halt when I googled its definition: a low or modest view of one’s importance and having a low opinion of oneself. “Low” didn’t feel right to me. Humility feels so much richer to me than just “less than.” So…

A Different Kind of To Do List

I recently decided that rather than referring to our national and global situation as “challenging,” I’m going to start labelling it as “powerful.” Like the proverbial Phoenix triumphantly rising out of the fire and ashes, we can harness the power of the fire and ashes of the current chaos to envision and create something different,…

A Way to Measure a Year (and Your Life)

Well this blog post ended up being NOTHING like I originally thought . . . I initially happened to read a brief essay1 about how healing emotional issues usually involves “coming full circle”: working through several sequential layers of the issue—like the layers of an onion—until finally you get to your authentic self. An interesting…

About “Truth” and What’s “True”

Recommended by a dear friend, I signed up for “Notes from the Universe”1—brief daily emails of thought-provoking wisdom and inspiration. The other day, the message was about truth: Nothing heals, helps, cures, mends, builds, clears, stabilizes, fixes, balances, restores, corrects, inspires, enables, empowers, enlightens or tickles better than the truth. Ask for it by name. I…

“The Hill We Climb”

 The Hill We Climb A poem by Amanda Gorman As recited at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris January 20, 2021 (Watch 6-minute video here.) When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve…

Broken Hearts—Open Hearts

I’ve been in denial about all the lives lost due to COVID. It now surpasses 400,000 Americans, and over 2,000,000 people worldwide. So many beloved spouses and partners, grandparents, parents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, and coworkers that are just . . . gone. So many who died alone, surrounded and comforted not…

Using “Life Preservers”

Wow, and we thought 2020 was challenging! Apparently “It ain’t over yet.” I think it’s worth re-visiting what I said in a previous post: . . . in the “spiritual” websites I sometimes read, there seem to be two camps: the “doomsayers-but-someday” crowd vs. the “we’ve-turned-the-corner” adherents. . . . The “doomsayers” claim we’re heading…

A Turning Point and “Breathing Out”

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, I spent much of the afternoon with tears welling up in my eyes while I watched in horror as the U.S. Capitol was “breached.” I saw reports about our elected representatives hunkering down under their Chamber desks, donning gas masks, and “sheltering in place” as protestors rioters “desecrated and vandalized”…

2021: “Breathing in” and “Breathing out”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Finally, it’s 2021. We did it—we survived 2020. It was by no means easy, and it involved considerable loss of life and suffering, and a huge disruption of “normal” in our lives. But we somehow muddled through tweets and uncertainty, outrage and fear and, literally, concerns about life and death. So take…

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