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Who Sets YOUR Priorities?

Who Sets YOUR Priorities?

The other day, my spouse and I were driving down a busy 4-lane road, and we were in a hurry to get some place important. Then we saw a mama duck with many small ducklings trying to get across the street. Kim pulled over and we both hopped out to stop 4 lanes of...

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Planting Your Garden

Planting Your Garden

As we enter the beginning of spring, I am thinking about planting a vegetable garden. I haven’t had my own vegetable garden for many years. During 2020, we stayed in a home for about 10 months that had gardens other people planted and we harvested. That growing season...

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Hope

Happy April Fool’s Day, which, according to Wikipedia, is an annual custom on April 1st consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. I always think of my Mom on April Fool’s Day because she was mostly a very stern person who scorned practical jokes, but on April Fool’s...

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Noticing What Nurtures You

Noticing What Nurtures You

The other day, I noticed the tiniest little daffodil bud growing in my neighbor’s yard, and it gave me such joy because it means spring is coming. Then, earlier today I stopped working long enough to take this picture of an unknown-to-me bird who had landed on a new...

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Choosing Inner Quiet

Choosing Inner Quiet

Brrrr. Is it winter where you live? Here in southern California, the winters are mild and yet still chilly. When I lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, we had 100 inches of snow on average in the winter months. And, believe it or not, I loved shoveling snow because of the...

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What Are You Choosing to Bring Into the New Year?

Welcome to 2021! I’m celebrating the possibilities of this New Year and I hope you are too. Just this afternoon, I led a group of NVC enthusiasts from around the world in a 20-minute meditation to welcome in peace and healing to all living beings. It was utterly...

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Taking Deep Breaths

As I sit down to write this, I find I am struggling with what to say. I notice that I feel both deeply weary and humbled to realize that this is the last month of 2020… I usually take time to reflect on the passing year in December, and begin to shape my plans for the...

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Embracing Humility, Finding Freedom

Embracing Humility, Finding Freedom

This past weekend, my wife, Kim, and I went to a friend’s house. I confess it has been hard for me to access JOY these past few months, for reasons I suspect are affecting many of us, so this particular visit with friends was a welcome respite. At one point, I was...

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Self Care: Courage in the Midst of Life

I have been taking time to read books lately, which is a kind of luxury I sometimes neglect despite how nurturing reading can be for me. In a moment of extreme stress and tension, I picked up two books that are reminding me of courage, self-care, authenticity, how...

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Supporting Hearts that Hurt

Welcome to the first day of August. I am acutely aware of how much our lives have changed since August 2019 – or even just since January 2020! In the USA, my home state of California has taken a huge step backward as we try to curb the upward spiral of COVID-19 cases;...

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