Keep It Simple

January 19, 2018

In the last two days I have received four different emails inviting me to simplify my life. Each invitation addressed a different dimension of simplicity—eating more simply, decluttering my home, organizing my finances, and practicing mindfulness as the key to living simply. The timing of these emails tells me two things. First, it’s a new […]

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Artisans of the Common Good

January 12, 2018

  My columns for the last two weeks have focused on New Year’s resolutions. I hadn’t felt a need to write a third one on this topic until I read about a homily that Pope Francis gave on New Year’s Eve. A compelling column by David Brooks of the The New York Times brought Pope […]

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When It Comes to Wellness, Put Your Whole Self In

January 5, 2018

Children’s songs are some of my favorite music because there is a simplicity and silliness to many children’s songs that makes them infectious and fun to sing.  Just reading the words, “If you’re happy and you know it…”  probably has you singing along in your head right now, and perhaps even getting ready to clap […]

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The Why of Change

December 29, 2017

It’s the time of year when people make new year’s resolutions. Here, according to Time magazine, is a list of the ten most common resolutions that people have made in recent years:   1. Lose Weight and Get Fit 2. Quit Smoking 3. Learn Something New 4. Eat Healthier 5. Get Out of Debt and […]

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The Wonder of Changing the Way We See

December 22, 2017

Wonder is a movie that stays with you long after you see it. It is the story of Auggie Pullman (played by 11-year old Jacob Tremblay), a fifth grade boy who has a craniofacial difference due to having been born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. After years of being home schooled by […]

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Sharing the Light

December 15, 2017

I was reminded last night of an important lesson that candles have to teach us. I had the honor to co-facilitate a Living Compass Wellness Circle at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin over the last six weeks and last night was our closing session. Each person was invited to share what they had learned […]

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Seeing Someone We Know For The First Time

December 8, 2017

Our families can be both our greatest source of love and joy and our greatest source of frustration and worry. It seems that there is no time when this is more apparent than during the holiday season. Both our joys and our concerns with family members can be magnified as we may find ourselves interacting […]

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Stop and Wonder

December 1, 2017

I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say, “Hurry up and wonder.” The much more common phrase is, of course, “Stop and wonder” and is often heard in the form of a question, “Do you ever stop and wonder…?”  In order to make room for wonder it seems that have to slow down and […]

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Practicing Gratitude

November 17, 2017

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Brené Brown. This quote really speaks to me as we head into our country’s special day to pause and give thanks. First, it reminds me that happiness is found not only in the […]

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Who Do We Appreciate?

November 10, 2017

Every one of us knows someone who could use a little extra love and appreciation right now. For that matter, there isn’t a person reading (or writing) this who probably wouldn’t mind a little extra love and appreciation as well. We are hard-wired for connection, and while the nature of that connection shifts throughout the […]

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