The Day I Tried Being Amish (Well, Almost...)

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"It is what it is."  How often have you said it?  I know I do on a regular basis.  But is it true?...more

How Do You Stay Positive?

 How do you stay positive when you are having a bad day?  What do you do if you are feeling a little blue?  Maybe the weather changes your mood, or a situation arises and all of a sudden you are upset.  What if it is something serious, that you can not avoid and it will stay with you for a while?  Well, I am going to tell you how I do it.  It is not an exact science, but it works for me.  Maybe it will help other people to cope with negativity in a new light....more

Is That Her?

One of these days after the smoke clears and the fog lifts, she's going to show up. For some of you, she'll appear suddenly. For others, she'll make a gradual appearance. Still for others, she'll appear and reappear a couple of times (maybe more) before she finally comes and stands under the light. I'm not talking about an apparition, a ghost or some figment of your imagination. I'm talking about the woman who has been beaten down, sometimes to the point that she's unrecognizable. She stops taking care of herself....more

Your life is a reflection of the path that you've taken so choose the path you want in life!

Finally I think that I understand how all that we do, each and every action, comes back to us,  basically our life is the reflection of those actions. We choice a path in life, how we live our life, that is what comes right back to us. I've learned that our reactions are as equally important as our actions. How you react to a situation also has energy to impact your life. Specifically if react with anger or hate that sends out that message to the universe bring more of the same back to you. Exactly what you don't want or need....more

Should You Befriend The Mother Of Someone Who Tried To Destroy You?

When she made the appointment for aesthetic services, her name sounded vaguely familiar.  I assumed I would recognize her when she arrived.  I didn't, but my co-worker did and summoned me into the reception area with urgency."Do you realize who that is?"  she asked staring wildly.  The look was a definite indication that my client was not welcome there."No....why?""That's Roger's mother!"...more

Make Room In Your Writing Practice

I have a friend who recently moved from Boston back to Los Angeles.  Just after New Year's over scoops of Ethiopian stews wrapped in hand torn pieces of injera, she told me that it took her about a year to prepare the logistics of the move, including getting rid of her stuff. Her eyes lit up when she shared how she felt lighter and marveled at how gratifying it was to give things away. The first word that popped into my mind was "purses."...more
Stephanie DelTorchio We all have that one never uttered thing, right?  Like something that ...more

How Running a Business is Like Running a Family

Many successful businesses say that operating a business is much like running a family. It’s been said that if you are able to establish a successful and happy family, then the likelihood of running a thriving and profitable business is also greater.There are some mentionable parallels between the two. When running a business, you have to deal with different documents, from business utility bills, permits and licensure to contracts and agreements. In the same way, today’s parents find themselves being buried under piles of bills, late notices and school papers....more


hiraeth(n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past...more

I Am The Lost & Found

"Where is my coat?" my husband yells up from the bottom of the stairs. I didn't quite hear him as I was just getting out of the shower."What did you say?" I yell back."What did you do with my coat?" he asked as if I purposely hid it in a secret location at the exact moment he needs to leave for work....more
I'm the lost and found, too! Only I never actually put anyone's stuff away, they just come to me ...more