Category: Musings

Parenting, the Biggest Job You’ll Ever Have: Three Ways to Set Your Children Up for Well-Being

July 24, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

I wish you bad luck… from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved… -Chief Justice Roberts in his June 3, 2017 commencement address to his son’s middle school graduation Parenting has been our biggest job and the […]

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Freedom from Worry: How to Move from Control to Faith

June 20, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

I’m a lover of reality. When I argue with What Is, I lose, but only 100% of the time. –Byron Katie My daughter graduated college this May. She’s busy having fun travelling and submitting job applications. She says I ask her too often about her plans. What I consider to be helpful, she considers to […]

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Getting on the Fast Track to Wisdom: 4 Ways to Benefit from Difficult Times

March 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. -Unknown Jennifer’s voice was tentative. Absent was the ‘Take no prisoners’ energy I had found so inspiring over the ten years I had known her. She loved her work and how her CEO role […]

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The Good Life: What to Do When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan

January 18, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Everyone has a plan ′till they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson Are you living the life you envisioned when you were 21? I don’t know many people over 50 who are still on their “Plan A.” My Plan A went out the window the day my parents told my brother, sister and me […]

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The Happiness of Pursuit: How to Focus Your Life on What Really Matters

December 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon Do you think you should be happier? In his recent autobiography Shoe Dog, Phil Knight, founder of Nike, recounts a major milestone in both his life and the life of Nike. The year was 1980, it was the night of […]

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How to Cultivate an Open Mind

November 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Ignorance is never random. ~ Gunner Myrdal We are living in a period of dramatic change. It became obvious on 9/11. The 2008 financial crisis, Brexit and the US Presidential election are more recent markers of a big shift. Humans are changing the way they view morality, religion, politics, education and marriage, just to name […]

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Three Key Ingredients of a Successful Relationship

October 18, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

By Tricia and Brian Gast ‘T is a fearful thing To Love What death can touch. To love, to hope, to dream And oh, to lose. – Judah Halevi or Emmanuel of Rome We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last month in Southern Spain. Specifically, we celebrated the friendship, support, depth and intimacy of our […]

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What Truly Will Make You Happy?

October 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Lars Petersson, President of IKEA US, recently presented results from IKEA-sponsored research that indicates Americans are buying less stuff for their homes and that this trend is expected to continue. The research also indicates that American’s are instead valuing experiences around the kitchen table more than cool products for the home and that spending less […]

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Three Heads are Better than One: How to Tap Your Wisdom Through the Use of Your Three Brains

September 19, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Neuroscientists have discovered the source of wisdom. Not only are our brains regenerative and plastic, we actually have three of them. We have a brain located in our head, our heart and our gut. The work of the HeartMath Institute* has demonstrated that the area around our heart is loaded with neurology that connects us […]

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The Only Communication Tool You’ll Ever Need

May 17, 2016 | By | 3 Comments

Alphabet, parent company of Google, is developing a device that will help humans get along. It’s called the Arrester. It was created with the premise that if we just stopped saying certain things and started saying other things we would have more satisfying, nonviolent interactions. Research in the field of Positive Psychology indicates that satisfying […]

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