Winter Warmth

I am not a winter person. I’m not sure why I stay.  The nuisance of wardrobe adjustments and unexpected travel delays, coupled with the demand to remove the snow from our driveways, garages and vehicles is enough to question the sanity of my choice to live where I live. I feel trapped indoors because my…
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Resist The Urge

Their first child was stillborn.  Not long after grieving the death of their baby, this couple learned the would-be mother was battling cancer.  With courage, strength and the support of her spouse, she beat the disease.  Several years later, she conceived and gave birth to their second child who was born full of the possibilities…
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Mad Scientist

I listened with compassion as my eleven-year-old son toiled over his decision to participate in Halloween trick-or-treating.  I realize it’s confusing to be in the sixth grade and question if you’re too old for treats, but still too young for tricks, but deep down I wished this juncture could be prolonged. Instead of worry, I wished…
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Decide What To Be And Go Be It

I recently met up with a dear friend in a quaint gathering spot near the St. Croix River.  He’s a Minneapolis-based musician who has experienced great success in his 20-plus year entertainment career.  Regionally he’s recognized most everywhere he wanders, so it was nice we could chat without interruption. He spoke of  intuition, his next…
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Orangutan Leadership

In the wild, and particularly in captivity, orangutans pursue the coveted power position of “alpha” by asserting their dominance and demonstrating their power by doing three things. First, they fist their hands and pound their chests for extended periods of time.  It’s been said this causes them great harm, but their desire to be alpha…
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