Death & Dying with Grace(e)

The week before Christmas, our younger dog, Gracee (the white and brown one above), had an upset stomach a couple of times. For those of you who are dog owners, it is not unusual for a dog to get an upset stomach once in awhile, so we did not think too much of it. Then… Read More

Holistic Healing

About three months ago, our medical insurance company sent us a notice that our new premiums for 2017 would be jumping from $830.00 to over $1300.00 per month. This is a premium with a $6500.00 deductible per person. I have to tell you that I had a bit of a shock when I opened that little… Read More

Healing Ourselves Through Others

August has been a month of some incredible opportunities for me to witness the power of healing sad hearts and physical issues, by being in the company of other people who were willing to hold the space of love and comfort for others. Earlier this month, I went to Montana with a girlfriend to meet up with… Read More

The Inner Critic…

I am in the process of writing my first book, about being born into a grieving family. This is a very personal book, not only for myself, but also for my mother and the other families who came forth to share their stories (the picture below is a drawing of the artist’s interpretation of my brother as… Read More

Scared Speechless

Picture:  Toastmaster’s Introductory meeting for “Return To Words” club charter, February 2014 This week I did my first Toastmaster’s speech… and I was scared speechless…  For someone who has gotten up in front of groups for years to educate, share, and be a leader,  you would think that I would not get nervous – right? Some people… Read More

LEAPING into 2014…

We are in the midst of our annual performance evaluations at work (which we call LEAP as an acronym for leading excellence in performance).  Everyone from the C-level suite through the mailroom is expected (and required) to complete a self-assessment of their performance based on the performance goals that they (or their leadership) put into… Read More

Who are you?

 “Who are you,  who… who… who… who? ~ The Who (1978)~ Do you remember the song Who are you by the Who?  That song has been in my head all morning  because I have thought about some feedback I received this past week. As part of a coaching assessments course I am taking through my  MentorCoach Program… Read More

It is better to receive than to give…

My title sounds a bit backwards doesn’t it?  Most of us have been taught that it is better to freely give to others versus looking for something for ourselves.  I am one of those people who loves to help others emotionally, physically and financially when I can.  I also encourage others to allow themselves to… Read More

“You need to relax…!”

Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in the very last row of a plane that is smaller than small.  The lavatory was literally an arm distance away from me and I was able to reach out from my seated position to shut the door to secure it after it had popped open… luckily no one was… Read More

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie or Glechoma hederacea (for those of you who insist on knowing the scientific name) is what is described by the University of Minnesota Extension Office as “a low-growing perennial weed”.  I describe it more as a royal pain in the … yard.  This obnoxious weed will take over a whole lawn if given any… Read More