A Good Story Can Change Your Brain

Have you read a good story lately?  A story that captured your imagination.  A story in which you connected with the characters, imagined them in your mind, as if they stepped off the page (or screen). Story telling is an ancient human practice, one in which important lessons for survival were conveyed.  “If a snake has diamonds on the back, avoid …

What are you hanging onto?

“LET GO OR BE DRAGGED”  That’s what the magnet on my desk lamp states in all caps and rainbow colors.  My sister sent it to me because she thought it was funny.  To me it’s a reminder.  Unfortunately, I’ve been dragged a number of times.  Once literally (by a purse snatcher on a motorcycle), and multiple times figuratively by self-doubts. …

Pay Attention!

Have you ever had that experience where it seems that you are receiving a consistent message?  Each book, web article, pod-cast, etc. seems to be conspiring to get your attention to a specific thought.   Talking with a friend, chatting with someone in the line ahead of you, a part of a conversation overheard while waiting for your drink order, you’re …

Go Outside and Play

Growing up I was told to “go outside and play” at least once a day.  I instinctively knew what play was and how to go about the act of playing.  This morning I read an article that recommended play to counteract stress and I began to wonder, “what really is play?” I was uncertain I could describe what I inherently …

Reflections on St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been thinking a lot about St. Patrick’s Day.  Other than the expectation of a meal of corned beef and cabbage, and a glass of green beer, St. Patrick’s Day reminds me that we have forgotten the bias and bigotry that is a major thread in the weaving of our nation’s history.  (Warning: this article contains historical content!  History can be …

The Ripple Effect of Kindness

You know when you think about something, like a red car, you begin to see more and more red cars?  It seems like every other car is a red car.   They are everywhere. * I’ve been experiencing this phenomenon not with cars, with something more important, kindness.  I began to notice the kindness of strangers when I sprained my ankle …

Give Yourself a Gift – A Life That Brings You Joy

This week is my birthday and historically I have entered this time of year with a sense of gloom and feeling sorry for myself (because I was usually sick).   Each year my husband would put time and energy into finding a perfect gift, creating a perfect experience for me and each year I would feel grateful for his effort but …

Discover your Hidden Brilliance

I had the delightful opportunity last week to hear Kwame Dawes, poet, author, actor, playwright, teacher, and musician read his poetry and answer questions from the audience.  He responded to questions ranging from the origin of his muse to advice for young writers.  One statement Kwame made struck me right between the eyes, and I’ve been living with questions about …