You Know It’s Mercury Retrograde When…

You Know It’s Mercury Retrograde When…

My cleaning lady was here on Friday. Love her. She is one of the kindest, most honest people I have ever met. If I try to leave her a little extra for her hard work, she’ll rebuff it. It’s her job, she’ll say. And then she’ll bring ME Portuguese pastries. That in...

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A Fabulous Story

A Fabulous Story

Imagine if life had a formula. If you wanted to be a doctor, you did this, this, and this and voila! You are a doctor. Or a lawyer. Or cowboy. Or movie star. Whatever. If there was a formula, you would know what to expect and would achieve your results 100% of the...

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Tweaking Your Life

Tweaking Your Life

I can read a room. It’s a skill I have honed over a lifetime of being a daughter, a big sister, a teenager, a teacher, a salesperson, a networker and a speaker. It has served me well and I am quite proud of my ability to anticipate and read non-verbal cues. Well, this...

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I Didn’t Know I Couldn’t Do It

I Didn’t Know I Couldn’t Do It

I’m an explorer. I love to go where no one has been before. This can be dangerous, but maybe that is part of the appeal. More so, it is an adventure full of possibilities. It feeds my soul. The thing about exploring is that it comes from the heart. Sure, you need a...

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Finding the Gift

Finding the Gift

I knew they were there, so it wasn’t a total shock to find the stack of journals in a box of assorted memories. What was a surprise was what I found inside: I found me.  As much as I have sworn off moving ever again, it really has been an interesting and...

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How Long is Forever?

How Long is Forever?

Last November I had a brilliant idea: When my lease was up in April, I’d move to a house with a yard to accommodate my active pup and give me a little breathing space. How hard would it be to find a cute little house in this area?  Answer: 5 months. 10 lost...

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Brilliant Ideas

Brilliant Ideas

When I was a secretary at an IBM plant, I had an idea. This was back in the days of dictating machines and these new-fangled word processors. And while I was loving this new corporate adventure, I was not enthusiastic about being a secretary. My typing skills were...

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All of Me

All of Me

After I had my 2nd son, a rather chunky baby, my wrist said “That’s enough!” It was barely hanging on from the years of being a secretary, with those new-fangled word processors. The first step in helping my carpal tunnel was to wear a brace. While this helped...

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I Didn’t Recognize Myself

I Didn’t Recognize Myself

I didn’t recognize myself. I was staring in the mirror, like I do most days, yet something was different. Who was this old woman staring back at me? It was shocking and extremely disconcerting, as if there had been some alien transformation overnight – or possibly...

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The Sprout

The Sprout

One of the blessings of moving to a new environment is its newness and exploration opportunities. You can see and hear things you’ll probably overlook in a few weeks. It is all so intriguing and full of possibilities. And hopefully not too much frustration! This is...

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