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Common Threads

Through my years of working to help people realize the power that they have over their lives, I am repeatedly surprised and saddened to see their frustration at being “victimized” by the world around them. But magic and lessons happen every day. I see the magic in all of our everyday lives and share the lessons. I hope you enjoy my tales and share them.

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Say Yes

What do you think would happen if you said “yes” when you really want to say “no”? It actually might…

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When Waves Come Crashing on Islands, Beware of the Relationship Tsunami

“He never talks.” “She never shuts up.” “I feel alone in my marriage.” “I need more space. You’re smothering me.”…

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Collateral Damage of Feminism: The Mass Suppression of Men

I have felt for a long time that there needs to be a “menimism” movement. In fact, I first wrote…

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You Don’t Have to Do Anything

“I have to do laundry.” “I have to give a presentation at work.” “I have to get the oil changed…

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Meet Jim the Tile Guy

I was a few minutes late to greet the contractor who had come over to discuss putting safety grab bars…

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How to Have a Happy Retirement

At my five- and 10-year college reunions, we talked about jobs…apartments…boyfriends/girlfriends…and weddings. My 15- and 20-year reunions were all about…

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The Motivational Power of Jealousy

Jealous much? Yes! We all are at one time or another…and that’s a good thing. Now here’s another question—“Are you…

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Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Last year, when we were cleaning out and downsizing my mom’s life, we sold a piece of art that my…

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Lean Into Those Last-Minute Life Changes

On those days when nothing goes as planned, you can be powerful...or you can puddle. How to power through it.

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Accidental Dehydration—It’s Far More Common Than You Think

A few nights ago, when I woke up at 3:30 in the morning for that usual middle-of-the-night trip to the…

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The Coffee Table That Traveled Through Time  

In 1985, I moved to Colorado Springs to join my then boyfriend now husband, Ron. We lived in the 700-square-foot…

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What I Would Do Over—If I Could

In spite of the many mistakes I have made throughout my life, I don’t live with regrets. Those mistakes—and the…

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

I just returned from my 40th college reunion where we all shared stories of the successes and challenges in our…

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Encouraging Words During Discouraging Times

Words of inspiration for these very challenging times from wise sages of the ages.

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Give Yourself a Big Hooray!

If you ask me, “What’s the best advice you have ever received in business?” I’d say that it’s tough to…

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Please Don’t Let the Music Die

Music soothes…music heals…music inspires…music is simply magical. And yet, based on several conversations I’ve had this week, I fear that…

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How to Lead in 6 Easy Steps

We are in a very sad state. It seems that each day brings another report about increased drug and alcohol…

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Grace and Humility Beat Bitterness Every Time

Mikaela Shiffrin, arguably the best female skier in competition today and likely to become the greatest female skier of all…

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The Price of Deliciousness

So sad…my guilty pleasure just became more guilt and less pleasure. Why is that? I looked at the ingredients list.…

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The Power of Apology

Why is it you rarely hear about the power of apology—the simple yet seemingly impossible act of saying “I’m sorry”?…