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No More Excuses

My Aunt Tomoko is 76 years old.  She lives in Tokyo, Japan. 



Last week, my Aunt asked for help translating a story from Japanese to English.  You see, she is taking English lessons.  Her assignment is to tell a story in English, speaking in front of the class.

Why would a...

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This Year Will Be Different

This holiday season will not be like the others.  This year will be different. 

Statistics are showing that the greatest spread of the Covid-19 virus is at small, indoor gatherings with family and friends.  The type of event where there is no social distancing and no mask...

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How Will You Show Up Today?

How will you show up today?

Glass half full or half empty?

Partly sunny or partly cloudy?

There is certainly a lot to complain about in the world.  We could focus on all the things going wrong or concentrate on all the things we are grateful for.

That is our choice. 

Don’t...

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Find Your North Star

The compass was invented approximately 2000 years ago.

This was an important advancement in navigation because it allowed sailors to determine their direction even if clouds obscured astronomical points, such as the North Star.

With a compass in hand, explorers had a guarantee that even if they...

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The First Step Toward Building Momentum

As we approach American Thanksgiving, a time of feasting, family, and football, I made a conscious and controversial decision – I hired a registered dietician.

A couple weeks ago I admitted to gaining the COVID-10, weight gain due to comfort food, cold beer on a summer day, and a lack of...

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Choose Hope and Vote

Today is election day in America. 

I’ve spoken to many people in the last week who have high anxiety.  This election season has been fraught with tension.  Emotions are running high.  It seems like a lot more is at stake this year, but historians might help put that into...

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Five Lessons a Soap Company Taught Me

You never know where you will learn something new about yourself.  The most mundane event like bumping into a stranger or watching a tv commercial can shift your mindset.  

I recently watched a video - Dove Real Beauty Sketches - that made an impression on my self-beliefs and...

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First Rule of Success

Yesterday I ventured out to a local farm to enjoy the fruits of fall.

Fall in the northeast is a magical time.  The scenery changes every day as green turns to yellow, orange and red.  Fruit trees burst with apples and vines hang heavy with juicy bunches of concord grapes.

I headed out...

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How to Honor a Legacy

Boy, 2020 just keeps throwing punches.

200,000 American souls lost to this terrible virus.  Kobe Bryant, Carl Reiner, Chadwick Boseman, Diana Rigg, and now Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Perhaps you’ve lost someone close to you this year, and if that is so, I offer my condolences.

How do...

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How Self-Mastery Saved Me from Pain

When I was 35, I developed a fatty tumor under my right armpit.  It gradually enlarged until I finally had to do something about it.  I asked a few colleagues where I should go and they recommended a local plastic surgeon, so I made an appointment. 

This was, hands down, the most...

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Creating YOUR Extraordinary Life

“Tim never wanted me to go to college.”

My friend Sherri had just returned to our campsite after retreating to attend a Zoom class.  I did not envy her having to leave the fun to attend her course, but she was beaming.

“I have finally found my people.  I love my...

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The Cost of Fitting In

It’s 1980 something and I am a bookish, half Asian, 15 year old girl, surrounded by blonde haired blue eyed girlfriends. The running joke is that I would rather be at home reading the dictionary than go out and have fun. They aren’t entirely wrong.

One summer Friday, my friends invite...

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