Getting It Right the First Time

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How often have you stressed about something because you misunderstood what you heard? If you’re upset about something you were told – ask questions – clarify – be sure you understand. Communicating thoughts and feelings is complicated. We don’t always get it right the first time. This was my post on Facebook recently. The thought

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National Literacy Month: Take the Challenge; Write a Letter

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September is recognized as National Literacy Month. What better time to talk about the power of the written word. From famous quotes, classic novels, poems and important documents the written word preserves creativity, history and progress. I’m a lover of words and quotes. I even share my favorite words in a monthly article, Sharing Words with Friends

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Heeding Advice from Your “Best Friend”

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In June I began writing a monthly article for Ann Quasman’s Woman Talk Live. Her site is one of my favorites–an online community designed “To give women everywhere a bigger voice and a platform for growing, celebrating and living more fully.” The topics in Ann’s Conscious Conversations often hit home and aren’t always an easy hit but

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Even Wonder Woman Needs a Respite

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Say It Out Loud /Chapter 4: Creating a Respite The word respite is defined as a usually short interval of rest or relief. In the context of this book, a respite is a brief time when your mind is not embedded in thoughts of abuse, treatment, and emotional pain and life resembles normalcy.             The

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To Err is Human but Not Always Devine

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“To err is human.”  We all make mistakes. When we hear of a mistake someone else made we’re usually gracious to others, consoling even. But when we own the mistake? That’s another whole story. “To err is human” becomes “How the bleep did I do that!” If erring is a part of human nature why then am I completely turned

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Goldilocks Didn’t Settle. Why Would You?

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  A recent set of events has left me thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You know the fairy tale–Papa Bear’s porridge was too hot, Mama Bear’s was too cold but Baby Bear’s porridge was just right! In search of a church for the winter months, Tim and I found three in our area. The first, an

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Traditions & Triggers: Take Back the Power

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  “TRADITION” Can’t you hear Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof belting out that song? All cultures love tradition. We celebrate birth, death and holidays in traditional ways passing them down from generation to generation. This season is particularly steeped in tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanzaa or no holiday at all you are

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It’s Time to Throw Out the Leftovers

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What does your refrigerator look like? For those who cooked Thanksgiving dinner it was probably packed with leftovers that night . Even if you were a guest, most of you went home with a few containers from the hostess. Over the weekend you dragged the containers out for a second meal with all the trimmings and

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Lessons From a Lifelong Learner

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I claim to be a lifelong learner, a trait most teachers share. I love learning something new and sharing that knowledge with others. If you’ve been following my blog you’re probably saying, “we get that about you Roberta!” Well, please bare with me while I share two lessons learned since my last post. In “Lemons to Lemonade” I

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