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THE RAFT…

THE RAFT…   Okay, who wakes up at about 3 AM?  And that’s pretty much it for the night, right? Next thing you know it’s 7 o’clock and you haven’t even dozed off in between.    Well, you’re not alone. In fact, research shows that millions of us are “sleep-deprived.” And we suffer from the… read more

BE A GOOD PERSON…

BE A GOOD PERSON…   A psychologist and dear friend of mine commented recently, “You know, It’s hard to be a good person in today’s world. It seems like they’re a dying breed.”   She’s probably right. It is hard. And it’s increasingly “easy” to make excuses for taking the low road rather than the high one. To… read more

“WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS…”

“WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS…” Do those words sound familiar? They should. Guess who says them…over and over and over. (And over…)    Yup, you guessed it! It’s our forty-fifth president of the United States!    And he says them when he’s talking about everything Syria to Senegal to Stormy Daniels…   “We’ll have to wait… read more

HEY, LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING, WILL YOU?

HEY, LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING, WILL YOU?   Did you ever see a tightrope walker, a trapeze artist or a mountain climber look in any direction other than where they were headed?    Never, right?  That’s because they know that’s the surest, fastest way to lose their balance, their footing and their forward momentum (and… read more

REACH IN…REACH OUT

REACH IN…REACH OUT   I’ve had some pretty interesting conversations lately with people who want to “do more” for friends of theirs who are having a tough time and could use a lift – or who are just plain feeling bad about themselves for myriad reasons. It could be a problem with a relationship (or… read more

WHO ARE YOU TODAY?

WHO ARE YOU TODAY?   I woke up a few mornings ago and after rolling around for awhile under the covers to try to protect myself from our  adorable, new puppy’s incredibly sharp, blood-drawing, epithet-producing baby teeth, (seriously, she’s just turned four months old and has already won the hearts of every person she’s met but you… read more

YOU CAN GET USED TO ANYTHING

YOU CAN GET USED TO ANYTHING   …and that’s the problem   That is the problem…    I’ll never forget my first “real” job, (apart from lifeguarding…) I couldn’t have been more excited. I burst into work the first day with all the energy and optimism my dad (the original “motivator” in our family) had pumped… read more

RIGHT NOW, ISN’T THIS GOOD…?

RIGHT NOW, ISN’T THIS GOOD…? Whenever I told my mom about an especially wonderful moment – with my daughters, in my work, in my life – she’d say, “Wrap your arms around it, darling!”    She meant for me to “get it” about how good it was, to hold onto it – so I could… read more

BELIEVING IS SEEING…

BELIEVING IS SEEING…   I know, I know, it’s supposed to be the other way around. But it isn’t.    The fact is, the greater your expectations, the greater your experiences. Seriously, it’s as simple as that.    The University of London did a study on “the power of positive expectations” and found that those people… read more

IS ANYBODY LISTENING?

IS ANYBODY LISTENING?  Seriously! Everybody’s talking. Everybody’s saying what they think – whether they know anything about the “subject” or not.    Hey, expressing our points of view is a good thing. But not when they’re not “enlightened” by some sort of knowledge based on information that’s based on “facts”    Okay, “facts” are in short supply; they… read more