Category Archives: inspiration

Send in the Clouds

My mother taught me to love clouds. “Look at that beautiful sunset!” she’d sigh. How many times did she marvel at the sky before I heard her words? No way to know. Because, like all kids, I could tell the … Continue reading

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Wading Barefoot

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy. Remember that? It’s the refrain of a song Pete Seeger wrote in 1967 and sang a few months later on the Smothers Brothers show. CBS, the network on which the show was broadcast, objected to the … Continue reading

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Always thank the pizza guy.

Writing makes you think about boundaries. How much to reveal. How much to hold back. Never mind writing. All it really takes to think about boundaries is living in the world with other people. Sometimes you want to talk to … Continue reading

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The Family Tree

Picture a kid, a girl kid bursting with energy. Screen door slamming behind her as she runs outside to climb the giant maple in the front yard. Branch by branch, pulling, straining ever higher, she reaches her favorite perch, perilously … Continue reading

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wonderful

I don’t usually talk about this, but thinking up scary things is one of my special talents. No matter what happens, I can always imagine something worse. I don’t have to try. Fear just comes naturally to me. You might … Continue reading

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Take your worries for a walk.

Sing your worries a song. Dance with them. Tell them a joke. Or bake them a pie. I love this idea. I mean, I totally love it. It’s the rarest of gifts: a brand new idea. At least  it is … Continue reading

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When I’m 64. And a half.

This past Sunday afternoon, my granddaughter’s best friend threw her a surprise 17th birthday party. It was great. You know how, a lot of times, the surprisee figures out the plan beforehand? Well, this time, Ms. Birthday didn’t have a … Continue reading

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the comfort zone

Don’t you love that phrase? Me, too. So reassuring to imagine that there’s a tangible place where you can feel comfortable. And comforted. The comfort zone. Where did that idea come from? About 30 seconds of online research taught me … Continue reading

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#showerthinking

“Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it that makes a difference.” –Nolan Bushnell I saw that quote online last night. I … Continue reading

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