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  • YOUR GREATEST ASSIGNMENT

    Loving yourself is your greatest assignment in life.  At the end of the day, it’s not about them, it’s about you believing you’re worthy of being loved and seen for who you really are.

    Loving yourself is a quiet thing.  You don’t need blaring trumpets or a billboard to announce it to the world.  Instead, when you’ve learned how to love yourself, you will feel the quiet inward turning of your consciousness toward you, to your value, to the unrepeatable beauty that you are. 

  • The Auntie Blessing

    When life gets too busy, our peripheral relationships often fall to the wayside.  Acquaintances go first and then friends who aren’t part of everyday life.  After that, family relationships begin to suffer: cousins, sisters-in-law and eventually uncles and aunts.  Sadly, we don’t always have time to spend cultivating these relationships, so they begin to fade. 

  • How can I live life with passion?

    In a devotional recorded in A Fifth Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul (© 1998), an encounter at the airport is shared by Michael Hargrave.  He tells of a man who is met by his family after his flight. 

    He hugs and kisses each as if he has been gone a long time, but with great passion he gives his wife the longest kiss Mr. Hargrave had ever witnessed, and then stares longingly into her eyes and then mouths the words, “I love you.”

  • New reporter joins Oldham Era

    If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that print journalism is dead, then paying my rent would be much easier.

    As a young person who chose to get a degree in photojournalism I’ve been called everything from brave to silly. However, after spending time with a few community newspapers I have gleefully discovered that people still want ink-stained fingers to accompany their coffee.

  • Let's be clear

    When we are clear, the world is clear to us.  When we have clarity of mind and heart, we know what to choose, where to go and whom to travel with.  When your body is clear – of chemical toxins, negative emotional residue, excess weight and mental chatter – your soul can proceed in the direction of goodness, truth and beauty.  When your body and mind and heart are all clear, you can move steadfastly in the direction of loving yourself.

  • PREPARING FOR A THANKSGIVING FEAST

    The history of Thanksgiving Day starts with much suffering (starvation and sickness) by the early New England Pilgrams. 

    Then they finally had a bountiful harvest assisted by helpful Indians.  The grateful Pilgrams declared a three-day feast to thank God; which they celebrated with their Indian friends. 

    Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks for all of our blessings not just food.  Even though it has its roots with religious Pilgrams, it is also celebrated in a secular manner as well.  It is a great American  holiday.

  • Go outside, Go Home, Go Away

    Take care of yourself.  It’s something most of us don’t do very well.  Do you?  Admit it – it’s last on your list of things to do that never get done.  But now you’ve noticed how depleted you feel mentally and physically.

  • Smells good enough to eat

    While my best friend was designing her “signature scent” in a fancy parfumerie in Covent Garden, I was next door at the cookie shop, deciding between Double Chocolate Chunk and Raspberry Macadamia.  Actually, I knew I would choose Double Chocolate Chunk, but I took my time because designing a signature scent takes forever. 

    Finally, she emerged smelling nearly as delicious as the cookie I was wolfing down.  Holding up a small vial, she explained, “They store the formula, so, I can purchase more in the future!” 

  • Freedom of speech can be offensive

    There is a reason that freedom of speech is the first amendment to the United States Constitution.  It is because we are really the only country that has such unfettered freedom. 

    As is so frequently and eloquently pointed out by my friend Saddique Malik in various articles in the  Courier Journal concerning Muslim fundamentalism – “free debate is a death-knell for fundamentalism.” … “it’s the freedom, stupid”

  • Laughter is the best medicine

    What human act am I describing?  Our body performs “rhythmic, vocalized, expiratory and involuntary actions.”

    Fifteen facial muscles contract and there is electrical stimulation of the zygomatic major muscle. That’s the muscle that extends from each cheekbone to the corners of the mouth. This raises the corners of the mouth. Currents of varying intensity produce a wide range of facial responses.