No matter how one plans for a perfect event, circumstances may arise that require the ability to be flexible and have a good sense of humor.
One Thanksgiving, I invited over about 20 guests. This eclectic mix of family, friends and co-workers came together with an appetite for food AND fun. One of my guests, who lives healthfully and is always willing to share his recipes, brought supplies to prepare delicious smoothies. Smoothies for Thanksgiving? Why not!? From his shopping bag,
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I want to tell a story. First, I want to say that I am a failure. I have failed at being empathetic so many times that I hurt. While it isn’t always popular to talk about failure, it’s actually a great place to begin because this is where compassion starts – at the bottom. If we want to live with empathy or to teach our children about empathy, it has to come from an authentic place in us. I want to tell a story that illustrates for me the changes that I have been experiencing as I am traveling towards greater compassion for every person – whether adult or child – whom I meet.
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As a writer, I’m a little bit like Tinkerbell. I actually trail off into silence and oblivion when it seems that no one in the world believes in me. Sure, this has the potential to be a debilitating Achilles heel. But, on the contrary, the tendency has moved me to seek and find creative collaborations I never would have stumbled across were I a more solitary and self-motivated type.
My first experience writing with friends was at Biola University, where I was studying fiction and screenwriting.
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I returned to Washington, DC recently after two weeks at home in California with dozens of memories of carefree fun spent with family and friends. Several lingering favorites took place in San Diego with Nicole Meyers, my former college roommate and chum of 12 years. Nicole is one of those whimsical souls who is just brimming with creative energy and is always game to join a random adventure or collaborate on a new project. She is nearly six-feet tall and wears her beach blonde hair long down her back like a mermaid.
… Read more Today’s guest post is by Natasha Kolar: Friends who play together stay together
I never knew Sydney Boone Gaylord. But her brother and sister-in-law are friends of mine, and I first came to know them when Sydney was battling for her life with a brain tumor. Sydney died in August, 2011 after almost three years of having rough seasons and then respite, hellacious periods and then sweet times, as she and her husband Todd tried to balance finding some semblance of normal family life with facing and accommodating the rigors of cancer and its treatment.
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This is a guest post by Adrianne Stone-Gibilisco. Learn more about her at the end of her post.
As a certified health coach, my mission is to help people lose weight by embracing the habits of health that will allow them peaceful longevity. Eating six times daily, avoiding excess sugars (including alcohol), and exercising regularly all contribute to this joyous equilibrium. As a writer, I find my own sense of balance challenged by distractions that, unchecked, can eat away at my creative energy.
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