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In Others’ Words: True Success

In Others’ Words: True Success

There are many definitions of success, but this one by Dr. Kelly Flanagan tops my list: “… success is what happens when you make your true self your lived self.” We can accomplish so many things — academically, professionally, personally — but unless we are being true to ourselves, all our victories ring hollow. We can allow someone to place a ribbon around our neck o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

Our perspective affects our outlook on life. And author Robert Brault’s mindset makes me smile. We all know the traditional, here-they-come-again celebrations. Birthdays. Independence Day. Thanksgiving. Yom Kippur. Christmas. Weddings — and the subsequent anniversaries. Graduations. But what other special occasions can we celebrate besides the ones already prewritten on most calendars?... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

We all face criticism at some point in our lives. As an author, I invite criticism into my life — sometimes known by the kinder, gentler term of “feedback.” Every novel I write goes through several rounds of edits where my editors tell me what’s working and what’s not working. My Preferred Readers — a small, select group of women — also talk me through my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries. His poetic and profound words “Life tears our heart... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

  My husband and I have become the de facto sports photographers for our youngest daughter’s volleyball teams.  CJ plays volleyball year-round, which means I have thousands of volleyball photos of her and all of her teammates. On average, if her club plays three matches and a cross-over match during a tournament, I come home with a minimum of two thousand photos. I then cull the good ph... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Keep Holding On

In Others’ Words: Keep Holding On

] At one time, I believed courage meant the complete absence of fear. Of course, that kind of thinking disqualified me from ever being brave. Now I know that courage and fear often — if not always — go hand in hand. Being afraid doesn’t disqualify me or you from also being courageous. We can face a personal Goliath and hang on, all the while hiding our fear … or admitting i... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Live and Learn

In Others’ Words: Live and Learn

So often we think about all the things children need to learn — the things we need to teach children. We teach children to: do basic life functions: sleep through the night, feed themselves, dress themselves  talk (Use your nice words!)  read  interact with other children (Play nice, right?)   But children teach adults a lot too, don’t you think?  Things like: It’s fun to bu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: No guarantees

In Others’ Words: No guarantees

Sometimes in life, we want guarantees. If we invest in a friendship, we hope that friendship lasts. If we say to someone else, “Yes, I believe in you,” then we hope the other person will have our back, too — and stand by us, through thick and through thin. If we trust someone — with our hearts, with our dreams, with parts of our lives that others don’t see — tha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Reward of Listening

In Others’ Words: The Reward of Listening

I enjoy a good conversation, don’t you? The give and take. The exchange of ideas. The back and forth of opinions. I don’t even mind if things get a bit heated, so long as people are respectful of one another. I especially enjoy talking and laughing with people. That is the best of times. But sometimes when I’m with a group of friends or even if I’m in a large group of peopl... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are You Positive?

In Others’ Words: Are You Positive?

Did you know that you can google the words “positive thoughts” and find thousands upon thousands of encouraging, uplifting positive sayings? Try it. I did. And I found things like: Live well, Laugh often, Love much (A very familiar saying, yes? I see it on photo frames all the time.) Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Don’t worry. Be happy. (Okay, now I’m h... Read More »

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