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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: Taking Two with Erma Bombeck

In Others’ Words: Taking Two with Erma Bombeck

Today would have been Erma Bombeck’s 90th birthday. I’ve always enjoyed her humorous — and truthful — view of life. So, I’m celebrating this wonderful writer today by posting not one, but two of her quotes. I’m keeping today’s post brief, after spending the past four days in Phoenix, cheering my youngest daughter’s volleyball team on while they compe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Courageous Boundaries

In Others’ Words: Courageous Boundaries

Your perspective of a boundary is determined by which side you’re on: the inside or the outside. And it goes without saying — but I’m saying it anyway — that your view of a boundary is also determined by whether you built the boundary (inside) or someone else did (outside). Oftentimes we think boundaries are constructed out of fear. We build walls — real ones or virtu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Playing It Safe

In Others’ Words: Playing It Safe

For too long I believed failure was only negative — something to be avoided at all costs. Now I’m more accepting of failure. It may take me down for awhile, but it doesn’t defeat me or define me. Don’t get me wrong: I like success just as much as anyone else. Bring it on! But I know  to achieve success, both personally and professionally, I have to take risks. I have to try... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Think Big or Think Small

In Others’ Words: Think Big or Think Small

    It’s Monday … the beginning of a new week. Are you planning on thinking at all this week? Looking ahead at my week, there’s going to be a whole lof of thinking going on. And I love the challenge put forth in “The Donald’s” quote: I might as well Think Big. Want to join me? At first read, Thinking Big conjures up the idea of Dreaming Big, Risking Bi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing to Trust Others

There comes a time when you have to decide: is this thing between you and another person a relationship or not? I’m not just talking about romantic “do I or don’t I love this person?” kind of relationships. This question comes up as friendships are formed too. And yes, the beginning of relationships make me nervous. Do I or don’t I? Am I all in — or am I playing... Read More »