A lot of my friends are big fans of puppy videos.
On my Facebook news feed, a lot of puppies.
But recently a friend shared an article about “7 Strange Questions that will Help You Find Your Life Purpose.” It was honest and made me laugh out loud. Continue reading
Does it ever feel like being a realist is synonymous with being a cynic? You want to stay grounded in your hoping and dreaming, so you end up focusing on the worst case scenario. If you’re aware of the worst case, at least you can’t be disappointed. But there are plenty of books, news articles and bumper stickers that remind us about the power of positive thinking. Continue reading
It was just before Christmas in 2006 and my daughter, Elora, had fully realized the meaning of this holiday. The stockings were hung by the chimney with the care (Kind of, I mean she was 3), the tree was up and we were ready for Santa to bring us all our dreams wrapped in shiny sparkly paper with big splendid bows.
Elora had made her list, filled with dolls and Disney princesses and this Mrs. Clause was ready! So when I arrived to pick her up after spending the afternoon with Grandma making Christmas cookies, her newest addition to her wish list was quite a surprise. I had barely made it across the threshold when she blurted out “I want a baby brother for Christmas!” Continue reading
Mainstream media is busy these days with all the hard and troubling news to report. Buildings are burning down. Typhoons are destroying villages. Men and women struggle for life and justice is blurry. 2014 has come with much heartache but it has also come with some sweet moments. For example, one videographer captured the moment with runners in the San Jose 408k marathon left the course to shake hands with a WWII veteran who had come out to cheer them on. Runner after runner paused to grasp his hand with both of theirs and left him all smiles on the sidewalk. Continue reading
Last week the real spiderman passed away quietly in Minnesota as a result of brain cancer.
At least, that is the story according to one self-written obituary for Aaron Purmort. In it he says goodbye to “first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph” and asks Ralph to avenge his father’s untimely death. In truth, Aaron and his young family shared their life and love story, via Nora’s blog, which included cancer as of 2011: Continue reading
Yesterday we were swimming in mashed potatoes and gravy. Now it’s the day after Thanksgiving and John Green is running through interesting facts about our favorite dinnertime menu items!
Today it is Thanksgiving here in the United States and for many of us, it comes as a much needed respite from the to-do lists, the preparations for winter, the closing of another year. It’s been said that a thankful heart is a happy heart. We’re inclined to believe that is true. Continue reading
Again the US is buzzing with thoughts on the latest verdict from Ferguson, MO.
What is freedom? What is reality for young men growing up in this country?
What is justice? What honestly needs change?
Speaking up about change is hard work but arguably one of the few kinds of work that really matter. Continue reading
Wishing you a day of strength, of fearlessness, of feeling free.
Here is a little drop of wisdom from some of our favorites:
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Silence is a source of great strength.
You have power over your mind – not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.
I’m sure most people are grateful when we choose to be patient with them.
We don’t always give ourselves the same consideration.
So here are some thoughts on giving yourself a little breathing room: Continue reading