Tag: featured

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reconnecting to what is real

“A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air— eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.” ― Andy Andrews One morning as I was driving my son to school, I suggested he put down his device and look out the window at … Read More reconnecting to what is real

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going the extra mile

“Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.“~Ralph Waldo Emerson We went out for dinner tonight which was such a special treat for us, and unfortunately, we were rushed because of other agendas of the staff. A magical meal (because every meal should be special…none of us will know when our chips are getting cashed in) was overrun by, … Read More going the extra mile

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the keys that unlock it all

“Hi, Judy, I read your book, ‘Go For It” when I was a kid…over 30 years later, I still think of your book and how you inspired me. This past year I ran for the U.S. Congress and while it didn’t work out the way I had hoped, I am ready to work to help kids the way you helped me–to be inspired to … Read More the keys that unlock it all

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dancing stars…

“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” –from Nietzsche’s Thus spoke Zarathustra This past weekend we celebrated my daughter’s graduation from high school and as often happens during life’s milestones, we look back and say, “where did the time go?” Because we were making a short video for her party, we … Read More dancing stars…

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it is all about relationships

“On that day they remembered that there were things more important than agreeing. They remembered the Village Square. And, for that moment as they remembered who they really were deep down, there was a chance to share with the whole world -many of whom were still having very bad problems with bossy kings, many of whom lived in places where people would sooner kill … Read More it is all about relationships

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hospitality: the art of healing

“Hospitality is an invitation to enter into the ancient art of the healer and bring people together despite our differences so we all can be nourished…There is something so visceral about knowing you are needed that warms the heart and keeps you safe in the larger sense.” -Elizabeth Moro Growing up in a family with 12 children, I learned that anything significant happened at … Read More hospitality: the art of healing

there is hope because we care

“The very fact that we have people seeking to change civility, that’s an expression of civility’s value. The true crisis of civility is if none of us cared. If we all stopped caring about what counts as appropriate behavior, then civility’s not in crisis, it’s dead.” –Keith Bybee, Author of How Civility Works Last year this segment on civility aired on CBS Sunday Morning, and it … Read More there is hope because we care

true connection

“I am a part of all that I have met.”  – Lord Tennyson  There is nothing more necessary in our world than genuine human connection, and to be loved, accepted, and contributing is a common thread we share. Nothing has changed this dynamic more than the devices we hold in our hands. We dialogue about the role mobile phones/devices have in our home frequently. … Read More true connection

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an epiphany

…Will to the best of my Ability, preserve,  protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God. -U.S. Presidential Oath of Office In my tradition, today is the day of the Epiphany, or “little Christmas.” Symbolically, it is the day in ancient times when great kings of old knelt before a little baby who was promised to be the ruler of the world…a better world. Dignitaries kneeling before a homeless baby…let the irony sink in. Epiphany literally means … Read More an epiphany

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coming to the table

No matter what message you are about to deliver  somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of  friendship, or making clear that you disapprove  of something, is the fact that the person sitting across  the table is a human being, so the goal  is to always establish common ground. -Madeleine Albright  The holidays are a special time to come together to the table. The wonderful traditions and memories flood my mind…the smells, the sounds, the comment made by a relative to another that exploded into a full-blown debate! Sometimes the table can become a contentious place…a little too much wine and things are said that may have been better … Read More coming to the table

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footsteps of the past

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always. – Mahatma Gandhi Every morning on my way to work, I pass through two cemeteries–one on each side of the road, and the … Read More footsteps of the past

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unwinding from the web

“Our impulse to broadcast our lives  makes us miss out on them.” -Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.   “…face-to-face communication, particularly dialog, has special neural features that other types of communication do not have and the neural synchronization between partners may underlie successful face-to-face communication.” -Journal of Neuroscience   Recently, I made a decision to curtail my use of social media based on a challenge from a professor whose course in which I had enrolled.  … Read More unwinding from the web