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June 22, 2020
Intelligent AND Empathetic … Intelligent OR Empathetic

“A rare quality – intelligence and empathy.” ~ Professor T from Amazon Prime When the character spoke these words, it was as if lightning hit me. I hit pause, found a piece of paper and wrote down the quote. The quote has sat on my counter for several days. The words and their implication rolling […]

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June 8, 2020
Disappointed [fill in the blank]

I don’t have many triggers* but the word ‘disappointment’ makes my heart pound with anxiety. My father told me several times I was a disappointment. He told me he could never be proud or brag about me because whenever he did, I turned around an embarrassed him. So, being a disappointment is a deep wound […]

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May 25, 2020
Missing GOD, God, god

Recently I wrote a blog on spirituality versus religion. The concept of spirituality has been swirling in my mind ever since. As most of you know, I was raised on the Baptist version of God and can no longer accept aspects of that belief system. But I do miss some aspects of that version of […]

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May 11, 2020
Doubt and Failure

“Doubt is the motor for failure.” ~ Professor T available on Amazon Prime I’ve heard many cutesy quotes about doubt and about failure. But for some reason, this particular quote struck a chord and it keeps rolling in my mind. I decided to look at the ways I doubt and evaluate if these doubts are […]

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April 27, 2020
What Is Forgiveness?

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about Grudge Holding. A great friend [let’s call her Amy], who is always so supportive, responded to me via email. With her permission, I wanted to share some sections. “I think holding grudges is tied to my tendency to not forgive, and sometimes I wish I could […]

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April 13, 2020
What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

I have a new therapist. I like her. She's more aggressive and less focused on my past and more on my future. Yesterday, without any preamble and within a context I didn't understand, she asked: What Is your spiritual practice? The question elicited an immediate bodily reaction. My spine stiffened, my heart raced, and I […]

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March 30, 2020
Annoyance or Abiding Insult: Grudge Part 2

Recently I wrote a blog where I admitted to holding a grudge for two people in my life. Yesterday, while listening to Golden In Death by JD Robb, one of the characters said: “What’s a momentary annoyance for one is a deep abiding insult to another.” I’m left wondering if the two people I begrudge […]

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March 29, 2020
This One Will Take Me A While

I've 'needed' to work through this book for a long time. I kept putting it off because it kind of scared me. Well, I'm putting on my big girl panties and doing the damn work.

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March 29, 2020
I Love Ian Taggart's Witty Remarks

Okay, these books are raunchy! But they are worth it just to hear what Ian Taggart has to say. This one is about Brody and Stephanie.

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March 29, 2020
Because the Controversy is Ridiculous

People are complaining about this book -- to the point of threatening the author -- because she dared to write about a Hispanic's difficulties with immigration. It's FICTION. If authors can't write outside their own life experiences, then I guess I can only write female WASP fiction! How boring that would be. This is not […]

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