How High Can You Jump?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Vision & Purpose | 0 comments

How High Can You Jump?

How high can you jump? That’s not a question we usually ask ourselves, but I found out just that, how high I could jump, when I was twelve. My Aunt Janice offered to pay my cousin and me to paint her barn. We jumped at the opportunity, so to speak, because Stephen and I were in desperate need of the essentials: hamburgers, candy and movie tickets. And this seemed like an easy path to all three. There were six horses in the barn. Galvanized piping created individual outdoor corrals for each horse’s stall. We got the idea to slide a...

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Living Into the American Idea

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Positive Thoughts, Vision & Purpose | 0 comments

Living Into the American Idea

As we prepare to celebrate Independence day, I was reflecting on the fact that the United States is the only nation in the world that was built solely upon an idea. I know it is often easy to question American idealism – as we as a nation are still striving to live into the ideals spelled out by our founding Fathers. Much has come out of that idea, and much of it was, and still is, very messy. But at the very core of each of us – not just in the U.S., but throughout the world – is the underlying belief that we are created as an...

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Enjoy LIfe – It Expires!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Happiness, Positive Thoughts | 0 comments

Enjoy LIfe – It Expires!

This has been around the email circuit before..but worth repeating….. The Power of Perception In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes: A middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule. About 4 minutes...

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Happiness Revealed

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Happiness, Positive Thoughts, Spirituality | 0 comments

Happiness Revealed

A friend forwarded me a link to a YouTube video along with these eight words… “The best 10 minutes I spent all week!!” After the week I’ve just had, I was thinking I could sure use a great 10 minutes, so I decided to check it out. It was a short TED talk clip by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg who specializes in time-lapse nature photography. He shared a portion of one of his latest projects titled “Happiness Revealed.” The incredibly moving excerpt below is narrated by an elderly man featured in...

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The Wisdom of Mandela

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Happiness, Positive Thoughts, Vision & Purpose | 1 comment

The Wisdom of Mandela

The world said good-bye this week to an amazing man. Nelson Mandela’s memorial was more a celebration of a life supremely lived than a period of mourning. His life was a remarkable journey. People all over the world have been reflecting on the impact, the legacy, and the wisdom he left us. We thought it would be fitting to share some of his most famous quotes. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can...

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Health & Wellbeing, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

  A healthy, high protein, grain-free and gluten-free treat! It smells heavenly when it’s baking! It also makes the perfect holiday dessert served with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve with apple or pear slices and warm spice tea!       Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. creamy almond butter 1/2 c. mashed cooked sweet potatoes 1/4 c. blackstrap molasses 1/4 c. maple syrup 2 large organic eggs 1 t. baking soda 1/2 t. sea salt 1 T. cinnamon 1 to 2 t. ground ginger 1/4 t. nutmeg Preparation: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease...

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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Health & Wellbeing, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse

This mousse is so light, so airy, so decadent, and so HEALTHY! The secret ingredient is pumpkin! This guilt-free goodie helps to energize, combat stress and lower heart disease. Plus it’s super high in fiber, helping to curb cravings and balance blood sugar levels.       Ingredients: 2 c. cooked, pureed pumpkin 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 c. maple syrup 1/2 c. coconut butter (make sure it’s heated to the point of liquid) 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. vanilla 1/4 t. sea salt or a pinch more pinch of cayenne...

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7 Tips for Stress-Free Holidays

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Happiness, Health & Wellbeing, Positive Thoughts | 0 comments

7 Tips for Stress-Free Holidays

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are a time many people look forward to, as they bring opportunities to spend time with friends and family to eat, drink and socialize. But with the fun, the holidays can also bring extra burdens, such as the financial stress of shopping and traveling, or extra responsibilities of entertaining, cleaning and decorating. If you are far away from your loved ones, you might feel some loneliness. Or if your family is close by, you might feel extra pressure to spend time with them. Below are 7 strategies...

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Forgive and Forget?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Happiness, Relationships, Spirituality | 0 comments

Forgive and Forget?

A while back I gave a talk about the necessity of forgiveness if we are to live emotionally happy and spiritually healthy lives.  I said something that seemed to surprise some people and I was asked to clarify what I meant when I said, “It is not possible to forgive and forget.”  A spirited discussion followed the services, with some agreeing and some arguing that true forgiveness means you must also forget. I told a story about a time I interviewed Dr. Wayne Dyer on my radio show “Vision for a Better World.”  The...

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Does God Care If We Cuss?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Spirituality | 0 comments

Does God Care If We Cuss?

Back in the fall of 2008 when Sarah Palin condemned the critics of the National Day of Prayer she boldly exclaimed, “What in hell scares people about talking about America’s foundation of faith?” For me, hearing “what the hell” in the same sentence as the word “faith” pushed a button that took me way back to my childhood. I could hear my Grandma Pearl admonishing me as she so often did: “The Bible says, ‘Don’t cuss.'” Grandma Pearl was a petite, powerful and very pious woman....

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