It Must be a Duck!

You know the saying, “if it walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, then it must BE a duck”? Many times, we just don’t want to admit it – that it IS a duck. “I’m sure she didn’t mean it that way.” “He’s just having a bad day.” “Probably something I ate – I’m sure it’s nothing.” Well, perhaps they DID mean it that way, a bad day had nothing to do with it, and your body is trying to tell you something important. It all comes down to trusting ourselves, our intuition, our bodies’ signals. At some level, we all know what’s right for own selves. That little voice that normally keeps us on...

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I HATE It When That Happens…

… You know… when NOTHING happens. When nothing goes my way and every new idea just seems to fizzle out. Blah. That’s where I’ve been the past few months – feeling fizzled out and blah. Ever felt like that yourself? What did YOU do? I wallowed a bit and then remembered, “Hey, this is not my usual M.O. What’s up with you, self? Let’s move on outta this blah place.” And then I asked, “OK, what now?” I made some choices and … Took a class to explore something new Said “no” when I might’ve in the past said “yes” Got reacquainted with my tennis racquet Called another batch of contractors Did some...

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…And ANOTHER Thing…

Not really. NOT one more thing! I am up to my ears in things like papers and books and spatulas, tee shirts and ballpoint pens! I’ve been purging and organizing this summer in preparation for home remodel projects, you see. “DO NOT bring one more THING into this house!” is my motto. “Ok, then you will ELIMINATE 3 others if you bring in a new one.” “Alright, if it’s REALLY cute, then bring it on in and add to the rest. What the heck?” You see how well this organizing project is working? “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” (Author/professor...

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I’m Eligible for AAR… WHAT?!

Have you received that letter? You know the one, with that big red and white logo, from that organization called… A-A-R-P. I opened it once and it actually was a very nice invitation asking me to join their group of … ahem … older people. So, I tossed it. Then it came again a few months later. And then again months after that. Seems it’s inevitable that this letter will show up in the mailbox. It’s as inevitable as, well, getting older. It happens to us all, this getting-older/aging/maturing phe-nom, and in the big scheme of things, who wouldn’t want to keep getting older, marching forward...

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What’s A Person to Do??

That’s been on my mind recently in light of current events. Maybe it’s been on yours too. Then, a famous quote came to mind from cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Encouraging. Hopeful. Empowering. We need more of those reminders. This got me to further thinking… what actions, truly, can one person take to affect change in our ever-changing, complicated world? So, I started a list to see what might resonate with me: Write letters to government officials Learn all I can about an issue...

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NUTs!!

They can certainly make us feel that way, those NUTs – a bit crazy and discombobulated, stressed out, anxious and just all around irritated. NOT the wal- and pea- nuts, nor the pecan, pistachio or kukui type. This is a different, yet all too common variety, these NUTs… Nagging Unfinished Tasks – NUTs that yes, make us feel a little… nuts ourselves.   Dr. Oz says they are “often very simple to fix but if you never get around to them, NUTs create a subtle underlying angst that can undermine your health.” Author Jack Canfield calls them “messes and incompletes” and says they “rob us of...

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