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Reading the West

A trip to England in the early 1990s demonstrated to me that I was a Westerner to the bone. It was so wet and so green—and where was the bright, hot sun? Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah…these places are my places. After that vacation, I began to seek out western writers. They offered a […]

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Soundtrack for a Revolution Documentary Review

Although this 2009 documentary was created featuring the music of the Civil Rights Movement within the United States, what remains with me, haunts me really, are the images. Our family was among the first in our small town to have a television. I remember watching I Love Lucy, the Ed Sullivan Show, The Gary Moore […]

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Southern Sisters Mystery Series Review

I’ve just finished reading the Southern Sisters mystery series, written by Anne George. Although not great literature, each book is filled with personality and charm. They are just the thing for a cold winter’s day or a beach vacation. I especially appreciated that the two sisters, Patricia Anne (called “Mouse”) and Mary Alice (called “Sister”), […]

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How We Choose What We Eat

There are so many things to think about other than taste and time involved when we choose our food. Some questions we might ask are: How far did this food travel to arrive at my table? According to Good Housekeeping’s The Daily Green, our food travels an average of 2000 miles via planes, trains, trucks […]

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Mindfulness: It’s More than Just a Trendy Word

A fun new Google tool graphs the incidence of words or phrases in all the books Google has scanned. I discovered this Ngram Viewer while looking for a way to find out if the use of the word “mindfulness” is an actual trend, or if it just seems that way to me. (You can experiment […]

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Investigating the Ability to Change

Driven by events in both my working and personal life, I’ve become curious about a person’s ability to adapt to change. Why are people so varied on the “change continuum?” We might view the reactions to change something like this:     In my search for understanding, I discovered the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II (AAQ-II)[1] […]

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Who is the Artist?

Art enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton My youngest sister doesn’t think she’s an artist because she can’t draw very well. She once drew a duck with four legs (which, I’m sorry to say, we often tease her about). That is not a lack of artistic talent, […]

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Starting a new Job

A New Job At 61

It is the 10th day of my new job. I call the first two weeks “the stupid weeks.” You don’t know where anything is, remember who anyone is or understand how anything works. You have to be ON all the time, sensitive to nuance, to personality, to interactions. It is so important to make a […]

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Hope for the Future

Many people talk about our changing world, but one of the most influential of those speakers is Don Tapscott. Among a host of other books, Tapscott is the author of Paradigm Shift (1993), Growing Up Digital (2000), and his most recent, Radical Openness, based on his 2012 Ted talk. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfqwHT3u1-8&feature=youtu.be) Tapscott, who has a lovely, […]

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Mystery Novels Without Blood and Gore

Ed. Note: I like mysteries, but am not interested in reading about psychopaths on a rampage.  I asked my friend Christa, who is a regular contributor to this blog, for her suggestions. Since, I’m sure I’m not the only one looking for a intriguing, but harmless mystery, I thought I’d share them with you. You […]

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