Blog 10 of 14 in my series, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year!: Taking Hold in Order to Let Go

In the movie, “The World According to Garp”, young child Garp climbs out onto a roof. He begins to slide down the roof and is soon hanging onto the gutter to keep from falling. The gutter begins to pull away from the roof, and the little boy clings to it to keep from falling. HisContinue reading “Blog 10 of 14 in my series, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year!: Taking Hold in Order to Let Go”

Blog 29: How a Trip to Nicaragua Revolutionized My Gift Giving

To be honest, my new perspective on gift giving began in 10th grade Earth Space Science as I received a gift-wrapped roll of LifeSavers candy from Kim for Christmas.  It wasn’t much of a gift, but it was wrapped nicely, and it was so nice to be included in her gift giving that year.  IContinue reading “Blog 29: How a Trip to Nicaragua Revolutionized My Gift Giving”

Blog #26: The Up-Side of Not Being Super Rich

I’m rich in many things, grateful beyond measure for my friends, family, a warm, safe place to live, the gift of a relationship with God, work that matters to me and sometimes helps others, opportunities to serve, and the privilege of a wonderful education. However, I am not one of the 1% who control soContinue reading “Blog #26: The Up-Side of Not Being Super Rich”

Blog #22: Giving Big, Hairy, Audacious Thanks

Tell the muscles in your face to create a smile.  Send the message to your nerves to move your lips, and as a side effect, as you fake that tooth-showing grin, your mood changes.  It doesn’t happen if you grimace instead of smile, but make yourself physically smile and there’s an emotional connection. Research showsContinue reading “Blog #22: Giving Big, Hairy, Audacious Thanks”

Blog #20: Redefining Productivity, First in a Three-Part Series

Our culture has an unhealthy definition of what it means to be productive. Education’s purpose is to create productive members of our economy. We measure an individual’s worth by his or her contribution to the Gross National Product: we can fall into the trap of defining a productive member of society as someone who hasContinue reading “Blog #20: Redefining Productivity, First in a Three-Part Series”

Blog #18: Sometimes You Need to Calm the Brain Down

Blog #18: Sometimes You Need to Calm the Brain Down A curious concatenation of circumstances combined that compelled me to craft in cross stitching on a fresh chart, rather than one of the projects I committed to complete by December 5th.  It was the healthy choice to make. My mind and spirit were tired afterContinue reading “Blog #18: Sometimes You Need to Calm the Brain Down”

Blog # 17: Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like a Banana

I attended college in Minnesota. Northfield, Minnesota to be exact. There are two colleges in Northfield: St. Olaf, famous for its music program, and Carleton. I went to Carleton, which I tell my friends from St. Olaf is the good college in Northfield.  They love it when I say that. LOL. Winters can be hardContinue reading “Blog # 17: Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like a Banana”