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The Evolution of Community

Community is not just where you live, it’s how you live with other people.” -Tommy Rueff, Happen, Inc. Spring has merged into summer and, unlike our gardens, my blog has been dormant. I have been waiting for some inspiration to hit me. For a few weeks I have been considering the different communities I “belong” to,…

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Counting Your Blessings

I have recently been reminded how lucky I am. It is pretty easy for me to say that – I have food on the table, a roof over my head, a healthy family and good friends … and many, many blessings. Yet, sometimes, I feel sorry for myself when things don’t go the way I…

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Solving Problems

My mom just arrived for a visit. She is one of the best problem solvers I know. If something is broken, my mom can fix it! She is not only very talented at “tinkering” with things, she is also smart about asking for help and knowing where to find answers. On top of that, she…

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Being Productive

Technology and our constant connection to digital devices can certainly lead to many distractions and “time suck.” Overcoming the urge to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email frequently is one step toward becoming more productive. I love technology, and am as guilty as anyone of being overly connected. However, instead of disdaining this activity and…

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Great Expectations

“You might not need eyes to see!” Last week’s episode of This American Life, entitled “Batman,” is about how expectations affect the way people live their lives. It focuses on the story of Daniel Kish, who is blind, but can navigate the world around him by clicking with his tongue, or “echolocation,” like bats do. He has,…

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Asking for Help

The sermon at church yesterday focused on the 3 Wise Men … and how even they had to ask for directions when they lost track of the North Star (insert joke about the husband not stopping to ask for directions here). Surely, if Wise Men can ask for help, we can too. Why is asking for…

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Jumping In

The ball just dropped in Times Square. There’s no time like the present to jump in and begin a new challenge. How many times have you put something off because you are not “ready?” I recall mornings when I rose early to swim in the open water, training for a triathlon. I was never a strong…

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