Following the Path of the Dinosaurs: A Childhood Saved from Extinction

Hi There,Thanks for letting me share a few of my blog posts with the community.  I'm excited to share news about the book I have been writing...it has moved from my blog and into print on Amazon in paperback, with e-book coming next week. I hope you'll check it out http://www.amazon.com/Following-Path-Dinosaurs-Childhood-Extinction/dp/1512243795/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432920938&sr=8-1&keywords=mary+ralles Or you can catch up on my #oldschooljournaling at www.followdinopath.com  ...more

It's Always the Small Things

 We have always heard that it is the small things in life that mean the most. We all agree it is true. What we don't agree on is what is a small thing. Looking at the abstract big picture, and putting in the perspective of "worse case scenario", we will choose: watching a butterfly, seeing the sun rise, catching a rainbow, listening to a child laugh; yes, we all agree on the "aaah" things that are small.  But what about the other small things, are we really looking at them as we should. ...more

The 3 Books That Will Change Your Life

For a while now I've been talking about sharing some of my favorite books on here.  It probably goes without saying given that I am a freelance journalist and I write a blog, but just in case - I love reading.  I love the books that grab my soul, and don't let go - the kind that I'm never able to forget. Eventually, I'd like to delve into more book reviews, but for today, I want to share my all-time favorite books* - the ones that I've never forgotten, and probably never will.  The ones that, for better or worse, have most certainly changed me....more

Steve Job made me cry

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When a Book Changes Your Life

Little Fish in a BIG Pond

Let me start off saying that this is an incredible place and I am so glad I found it. I have recently started blogging and it has completely changed my life. Let me explain. I just turned 40 and realized that I am changing daily. It's as though a whole new world is opening up right in front of my eyes. I got married right out of high school and started having kids (5 total). Now that my kids are getting older and I find that I can actually have a life of my own. I have time to do whatever I want and it's really kind of exciting and intimidating all at the same time. ...more