Sunday Inspiration: Don’t let that happen

“What if you wake up some day and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools or oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy. Or you were so strung out on perfectionism…

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Imagination and Empathy

This week at Chautauqua Institution we heard four wonderful lectures on empathy, all different and thought provoking. Did you know that animals experience empathy? Did you know that Virtual Reality can help us understand what other people experience? Have you thought about the way that setting boundaries in difficult relationships might help you empathize safely?…

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Sunday Inspiration: Good Humor

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” -Grenville Kleiser I haven’t laughed so hard since the beginning of the pandemic. This…

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The Guest House: An Unexpected Research Gift

I spent much of July acquainting you with The House Guests, my latest novel. Months ago, as I did research , I came across this powerful poem by Rumi because of the similar title. Today I want to share it with you. Does “The Guest House” relate directly to “The House Guests?” I think it…

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Sunday Inspiration: Perception is the key

  “Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given only a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude a key component to joy.” -Amy Weatherly   I must confess that as…

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Sunday Inspiration: Did I offer peace today?

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. -Henri Nouwen Can you imagine asking these questions at the end of every day — and…

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Sunday Inspiration: Be Soft

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. -Iain Thomas Tomorrow is my birthday — not…

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Thank You For Your Reviews and Support

When I was finishing edits for The House Guests, I realized it was also time to write acknowledgements to include at the end. I usually do just a page of thank yous, concentrating on the book my contacts helped with. But this time I wanted to recognize, if not all, most of the people who’ve…

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