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Toying with Change.  Especially in a COVID changed world, we could all use a little Toy Story.  Since even toy characters have anxiety, feel loss and have a hard time with change, I thought this week's blog could be about good ol' Woody and Buzz. Why not? #growth #lifelessons #purpose #change #emptynest #ToyStory

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Toying with Change. Especially in a COVID changed world, we could all use a little Toy Story. Since even toy characters have anxiety, feel loss and have a hard time with change, I thought this week's blog could be about good ol' Woody and Buzz. Why not? #growth #lifelessons #purpose #change #emptynest #ToyStory

Just Say It. The pandemic we are all living through brings frightening, uncertain worries and thoughts, especially of all the people dying alone, taken suddenly without last words between them and their loved ones. I wrote this weeks blog to remind us all to say what we need to say - now and every day.  #pandemic #loss #love # forgiveness #life, #relationships #unspokenwords #WordsMatter

Just Say It.

Pandemics have a nasty habit of making us question things we take for granted. When life seems a whole lot more fragile, words become a lot more important. Don’t let the right ones get away. image by raw pixel Whether you’re speaker or listener, words matter. They can heal or hurt; inspire or humiliate, encourage,…

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY   In our neighborhoods, in the city, in our own homes, signs are all around us that we are ‘not in Kansas’ these difficult days. We are physically separated but together in our common fears, hopes and desire to help, to do good in whatever ways we can to help those heroes who are doing what we cannot. #Coronavirus #COVID-19 #health #hope #pandemic #socialdistancing #life

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY In our neighborhoods, in the city, in our own homes, signs are all around us that we are ‘not in Kansas’ these difficult days. We are physically separated but together in our common fears, hopes and desire to help, to do good in whatever ways we can to help those heroes who are doing what we cannot. #Coronavirus #COVID-19 #health #hope #pandemic #socialdistancing #life

BRING IT. What seems like a very long time ago, I walked into a boutique advertising agency and asked if they were hiring.  There was no job opening.  So, they made one up and that tiny ad shop became home – for the next 11 years. #newdirection #jobloss #kindness #advertising #reinvention #business

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BRING IT. What seems like a very long time ago, I walked into a boutique advertising agency and asked if they were hiring. There was no job opening. So, they made one up and that tiny ad shop became home – for the next 11 years. #newdirection #jobloss #kindness #advertising #reinvention #business

ODE TO JOE'S How do I love Trader Joe’s? Let me count the ways. Their flyer alone is like a vintage black and white comic book for foodies. I suspect you could gain weight by simply leafing through the decadent flyer! #advertising #writing #flowerchildren #grocery #Organic #TraderJoes #Zen #food

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ODE TO JOE'S How do I love Trader Joe’s? Let me count the ways. Their flyer alone is like a vintage black and white comic book for foodies. I suspect you could gain weight by simply leafing through the decadent flyer! #advertising #writing #flowerchildren #grocery #Organic #TraderJoes #Zen #food

GRINCH IN MOVIE WONDERLAND #CharlieBrownChristmas #ChristmasCarol #Dr. Suess #ELF #Hallmarkmovies #holidaymovies #HomeAlone #HowtheGrinchStoleChristmas #ItsaWonderfulLife #life lessons #MerryChristmas #fables

Grinch in Movie Wonderland

By the time the clock strikes Christmas Eve, most of us have watched more than our fair share of holiday movies. Thanksgiving weekend alone, the annual kickoff for all things merry, aired enough saccharine Christmas movies to replace the pecan pie. The year I binge-watched Hallmark Countdown to Christmas, I vowed to set limits on…

Channeling Benjamin Button. Like Benjamin Button, the aging process is pretty much a metaphor. Whether we live our lives backwards or forward, the beginning and end of life is the same. The point is how we live in the dash in between. #6degreesofKevin Bacon #aging #BenjaminButton #FerrisBueller #LifeIsHard #LiveInTheMoment #LiveTheDash #Loss #unconditionallove

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Channeling Benjamin Button. Like Benjamin Button, the aging process is pretty much a metaphor. Whether we live our lives backwards or forward, the beginning and end of life is the same. The point is how we live in the dash in between. #6degreesofKevin Bacon #aging #BenjaminButton #FerrisBueller #LifeIsHard #LiveInTheMoment #LiveTheDash #Loss #unconditionallove

WHAT IF . . . What if’s are funny things. They can spark change or regret. They answer curiosity – with more questions. They can also allow us to let our imaginations run wild, which might be my favorite part. #change #grief #opportunity #possibilities #takingchances #whatif #YOLO

What If . . .

. . . everyone on earth jumped at the same time? . . . tomatoes didn’t exist (think pizza) . . . Rome actually hadn’t fallen? . . . our religion was each other? . . . the 2016 election went another way (oops – rhetorical)? . . . we could be anything or anyone…

4 CHICKS AT THE CAPE 'My' Cape Cod becomes richer, more colorful and probably more annoying to those who consistently have to hear about it.  There was, and still is, something immensely magical about the place. It's coastal magic, especially because no one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore. #AYearAtTheSea #Cape Cod #JoanAnderson #girlsweekend #happyplace #travel

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4 CHICKS AT THE CAPE 'My' Cape Cod becomes richer, more colorful and probably more annoying to those who consistently have to hear about it. There was, and still is, something immensely magical about the place. It's coastal magic, especially because no one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore. #AYearAtTheSea #Cape Cod #JoanAnderson #girlsweekend #happyplace #travel

#GRATITUDE They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us.  #blessings #giftoflife #gratitude #grief #hope #Resilience #Thanksgiving #WinniethePooh

#gratitude

They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us. Thanksgiving is a pretty good time to put on our grateful glasses and think about what being thankful actually means. There are things it's easy to be thankful for, like Amazon, your dishwasher…

BAGGAGE CLAIM Everyone has baggage. Everyone. Some carry bags as small as coin purses; others the size of a dumpster. While I’d like to say mine is wallet size, given a long, complicated life, it’s probably more of a satchel. How much does your life weigh? #addictions #emotionalbaggage #familydysfunction #relationships, #supportgroups #traumas #unexpressedfeelings #unresolvedissues, #verbalabuse #emotionalbaggage #psychology

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BAGGAGE CLAIM Everyone has baggage. Everyone. Some carry bags as small as coin purses; others the size of a dumpster. While I’d like to say mine is wallet size, given a long, complicated life, it’s probably more of a satchel. How much does your life weigh? #addictions #emotionalbaggage #familydysfunction #relationships, #supportgroups #traumas #unexpressedfeelings #unresolvedissues, #verbalabuse #emotionalbaggage #psychology

ANCESTRY ADDICTION Once you catch the ancestry bug, it's easy to be hooked. Curiosity is a gateway to becoming a chronic Ancestry addict, chasing down roots and unheard of relatives. #ancestry #DNA #familyhistory #familytree #heritage #relatives

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ANCESTRY ADDICTION Once you catch the ancestry bug, it's easy to be hooked. Curiosity is a gateway to becoming a chronic Ancestry addict, chasing down roots and unheard of relatives. #ancestry #DNA #familyhistory #familytree #heritage #relatives

#GRATITUDE They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us.  #blessings #giftoflife #gratitude #grief #hope #Resilience #Thanksgiving #WinniethePooh

#gratitude

They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us. Thanksgiving is a pretty good time to put on our grateful glasses and think about what being thankful actually means. There are things it's easy to be thankful for, like Amazon, your dishwasher…

BADASS MRS. POTATO HEAD Humans don’t come with interchangeable parts. Sure, we can switch things up, like that nose and chin that came with your original birthday suit. But, if you opt for more deluxe models or major tweaks to the basic prototype, you’re into more uncharted territory.  #loveyourself #aging #BenjaminBraddock #cosmeticsurgery #facelift #MrsPotatoHead #SusanBoyle

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BADASS MRS. POTATO HEAD Humans don’t come with interchangeable parts. Sure, we can switch things up, like that nose and chin that came with your original birthday suit. But, if you opt for more deluxe models or major tweaks to the basic prototype, you’re into more uncharted territory. #loveyourself #aging #BenjaminBraddock #cosmeticsurgery #facelift #MrsPotatoHead #SusanBoyle

RUNNING FROM THE REAPER It’s a given that none of us are getting out of this life alive. We each have an invisible expiration date stamped on our behinds when we are implanted in the womb. Luckily, that date is a mystery because, seriously, would we really want to know if we could? #anxiety #birthdays #death #funerals #mortality #live your best life #loss, #widow #fear

Running from the Reaper

“We all gotta die sometime” Falsettos Well, that's a cheery thought. It might sound rudely uncomfortable, but mortality gets pretty real as we cross middle age. Somewhere along our birthday lines, we begin looking behind us and see the years are gaining. We look at the whole mortality thing as being on the clock, with…

I. SEE. YOU. Never confuse “I see you” with  “I hear ya’. Nope. That’s a whole other aspect of understanding, and a pretty casual one at that. Really ‘seeing’ someone x-rays the person beneath loneliness, grief, even the smiles we wear before the world.  #Avatar #beyourself #Iseeyou #relationships #respect #unconditionallove #validation, #VelveteenRabbit #psychology

I. See. You.

Three little words – that speak everything. When that Pandora heroine in Avatar says to her human, “I see you” it’s a pretty ‘awwwwww’ moment. But, beyond warm and fuzzy, what do those words really mean? I’d like to think they are a personal text to your soul, assuring that “I know you exist, I…

THE HANDOFF Whether your family guideposts were soft and tender or barbed wire, they will shift and change after your parents are gone. We will feel the absence, the void where the last, first piece of us was. #aging #closure #familydysfunction #forgiveness #grief #memories #nursinghome #parentdeath, #resentment

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THE HANDOFF Whether your family guideposts were soft and tender or barbed wire, they will shift and change after your parents are gone. We will feel the absence, the void where the last, first piece of us was. #aging #closure #familydysfunction #forgiveness #grief #memories #nursinghome #parentdeath, #resentment

REFILL ANYONE? Those who wander through life under a persistent gray cloud might be predisposed to resent endlessly cheery types. And the perennial blue-sky humans would really be unhappy if gloom ‘n doomers rained on their parade.  #depression #glasshalfempty  #gratitude, #grief #life #optimist #pessimist #reality, silver lining

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REFILL ANYONE? Those who wander through life under a persistent gray cloud might be predisposed to resent endlessly cheery types. And the perennial blue-sky humans would really be unhappy if gloom ‘n doomers rained on their parade. #depression #glasshalfempty #gratitude, #grief #life #optimist #pessimist #reality, silver lining

THE YEAR THAT WAS I’d like to look to this unknown new year with hope, not dread; with the wonder that things can be better, brighter in the year ahead. #cancer #friendship #grief #gundeaths #NewYears #Peace #politics #tragedy #widow

The Year That Was

Confetti and noisemakers are so yesterday. But maybe that's just me.; party animal was never in my DNA. Luckily, my husband was also more into cozy over carnival New Year festivities. Except for an early Chinese nosh, our couch, movies and snacks were our go-to gala though I admit funky party hats were occasionally worn…

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY? Game on. Owning our age, and all the stuff that comes with it, allows us to pass the torch to our kids, to younger colleagues with well-earned wisdom. If we want a new outlook on the birthday thing, we need a new narrative. #birthday #women #CharlieBrown #chickflick #compassion #grief #holdingontoyouth #ownyourage #passthetorch #romanticcomedy

Another birthday? Game on.

I’m not old. Ha! But, if a woman’s best years are between 39 and 40, I’m way past my expiration date. On the other hand, as Marianne Williamson said, “You might be depressed you’re no longer young. Be ecstatic you’re no longer clueless.” So there's that. “Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin…

YOU'RE AN OPEN BOOK Your story is a work in progress. As long as we are breathing we can still revise the content.  #Brene Brown #grief #lifestory #new narrative #truth #journal #writeyour story #self #writing

You’re An Open Book

So, what’s your story? Huh? Come on, everyone has one; the trick is knowing the naked, authentically real story, not the sanitized one we’ve been telling ourselves for years. Your one true story is the one that started at birth, and weaves all our experiences, the happy, the pain, the mistakes and the hurt together…

LISTEN UP. Real listening is hard but it's one of the best gifts we can give each other.  When people really listen acutely, when you see another's essence as well as what they are trying to convey, it's one that's priceless to every one of us humans. #Beingpresent #bodylanguage #JoyceMaynard #listen #Openness #selectivelistening #Beingseen

Listen Up.

“Are you listening?” That was a pretty reasonable question to ask my 94 year old father who hated his hearing aids. But when that question is asked of you, it’s time to either check your hearing— or your interest. Not gonna lie - I’ve been guilty as charged many times of being a less than…

Everything Happens for a Reason . . . and other fairytales.

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Everything Happens for a Reason . . . and other fairytales.

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Toying with Change.  Especially in a COVID changed world, we could all use a little Toy Story.  Since even toy characters have anxiety, feel loss and have a hard time with change, I thought this week's blog could be about good ol' Woody and Buzz. Why not? #growth #lifelessons #purpose #change #emptynest #ToyStory

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Toying with Change. Especially in a COVID changed world, we could all use a little Toy Story. Since even toy characters have anxiety, feel loss and have a hard time with change, I thought this week's blog could be about good ol' Woody and Buzz. Why not? #growth #lifelessons #purpose #change #emptynest #ToyStory

Just Say It. The pandemic we are all living through brings frightening, uncertain worries and thoughts, especially of all the people dying alone, taken suddenly without last words between them and their loved ones. I wrote this weeks blog to remind us all to say what we need to say - now and every day.  #pandemic #loss #love # forgiveness #life, #relationships #unspokenwords #WordsMatter

Just Say It.

Pandemics have a nasty habit of making us question things we take for granted. When life seems a whole lot more fragile, words become a lot more important. Don’t let the right ones get away. image by raw pixel Whether you’re speaker or listener, words matter. They can heal or hurt; inspire or humiliate, encourage,…

The Pandemic that Ate the World 2.0 We are all locked in a different, scary world right now, but it won't always be this way. Wondering what we may have learned and what a new narrative will look like incited me to write this week's blog post.  What changes have changed YOU?  #COVID19, #epidemic, #fear, #gratitude, #heroism, #socialdistancing, #thegoodlife, #trustscience, #whatmatters, #yinyang

The Pandemic that Ate the World 2.0

Once we've dialed back the epidemic, what will we bring to the world it left behind? Photo by Branimir Balogović on Unsplash What is ‘the good life’? Everyone defines it differently. For me, it's pretty much every day I’m alive, can see friends, squeeze grands, talk to my kids and my wonky belly feels decent.…

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY   In our neighborhoods, in the city, in our own homes, signs are all around us that we are ‘not in Kansas’ these difficult days. We are physically separated but together in our common fears, hopes and desire to help, to do good in whatever ways we can to help those heroes who are doing what we cannot. #Coronavirus #COVID-19 #health #hope #pandemic #socialdistancing #life

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY In our neighborhoods, in the city, in our own homes, signs are all around us that we are ‘not in Kansas’ these difficult days. We are physically separated but together in our common fears, hopes and desire to help, to do good in whatever ways we can to help those heroes who are doing what we cannot. #Coronavirus #COVID-19 #health #hope #pandemic #socialdistancing #life

The SILENT SPRING of a Pandemic.  "When COVID-19 eventually lessens its stranglehold, the country will slowly return to a new normal. But, in some areas, the more things change the more they remain the same . . ."  #COVID19 #pandemic #health #politics #relationships #gratitude #inequality #lifestyle #mentalhealth #patriotism #socialdistancing

The SILENT SPRING of a Pandemic

The world, as we know it, will change. So will we. Photo by Claire Mueller, UnSplash Change is pretty much innate to living. No matter how evolved and enlightened we think we are, nothing is more intrinsic to nature and humanity than change. From hurricanes and earthquakes to fires and pandemics, nature can transform our…

Kids. The Footprints You Leave Behind

Kids. The Footprints You Leave Behind

Raising kids is not a walk in the park. They keep you young, they keep you humble — and they call you on your crap. “A hundred years from now it won’t matter what sort of house I lived in, or kind of car I drove but, the world may be different because I was…

BRING IT. What seems like a very long time ago, I walked into a boutique advertising agency and asked if they were hiring.  There was no job opening.  So, they made one up and that tiny ad shop became home – for the next 11 years. #newdirection #jobloss #kindness #advertising #reinvention #business

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BRING IT. What seems like a very long time ago, I walked into a boutique advertising agency and asked if they were hiring. There was no job opening. So, they made one up and that tiny ad shop became home – for the next 11 years. #newdirection #jobloss #kindness #advertising #reinvention #business

ODE TO JOE'S How do I love Trader Joe’s? Let me count the ways. Their flyer alone is like a vintage black and white comic book for foodies. I suspect you could gain weight by simply leafing through the decadent flyer! #advertising #writing #flowerchildren #grocery #Organic #TraderJoes #Zen #food

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ODE TO JOE'S How do I love Trader Joe’s? Let me count the ways. Their flyer alone is like a vintage black and white comic book for foodies. I suspect you could gain weight by simply leafing through the decadent flyer! #advertising #writing #flowerchildren #grocery #Organic #TraderJoes #Zen #food

GRINCH IN MOVIE WONDERLAND #CharlieBrownChristmas #ChristmasCarol #Dr. Suess #ELF #Hallmarkmovies #holidaymovies #HomeAlone #HowtheGrinchStoleChristmas #ItsaWonderfulLife #life lessons #MerryChristmas #fables

Grinch in Movie Wonderland

By the time the clock strikes Christmas Eve, most of us have watched more than our fair share of holiday movies. Thanksgiving weekend alone, the annual kickoff for all things merry, aired enough saccharine Christmas movies to replace the pecan pie. The year I binge-watched Hallmark Countdown to Christmas, I vowed to set limits on…

Channeling Benjamin Button. Like Benjamin Button, the aging process is pretty much a metaphor. Whether we live our lives backwards or forward, the beginning and end of life is the same. The point is how we live in the dash in between. #6degreesofKevin Bacon #aging #BenjaminButton #FerrisBueller #LifeIsHard #LiveInTheMoment #LiveTheDash #Loss #unconditionallove

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Channeling Benjamin Button. Like Benjamin Button, the aging process is pretty much a metaphor. Whether we live our lives backwards or forward, the beginning and end of life is the same. The point is how we live in the dash in between. #6degreesofKevin Bacon #aging #BenjaminButton #FerrisBueller #LifeIsHard #LiveInTheMoment #LiveTheDash #Loss #unconditionallove

WHAT IF . . . What if’s are funny things. They can spark change or regret. They answer curiosity – with more questions. They can also allow us to let our imaginations run wild, which might be my favorite part. #change #grief #opportunity #possibilities #takingchances #whatif #YOLO

What If . . .

. . . everyone on earth jumped at the same time? . . . tomatoes didn’t exist (think pizza) . . . Rome actually hadn’t fallen? . . . our religion was each other? . . . the 2016 election went another way (oops – rhetorical)? . . . we could be anything or anyone…

4 CHICKS AT THE CAPE 'My' Cape Cod becomes richer, more colorful and probably more annoying to those who consistently have to hear about it.  There was, and still is, something immensely magical about the place. It's coastal magic, especially because no one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore. #AYearAtTheSea #Cape Cod #JoanAnderson #girlsweekend #happyplace #travel

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4 CHICKS AT THE CAPE 'My' Cape Cod becomes richer, more colorful and probably more annoying to those who consistently have to hear about it. There was, and still is, something immensely magical about the place. It's coastal magic, especially because no one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore. #AYearAtTheSea #Cape Cod #JoanAnderson #girlsweekend #happyplace #travel

#GRATITUDE They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us.  #blessings #giftoflife #gratitude #grief #hope #Resilience #Thanksgiving #WinniethePooh

#gratitude

They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us. Thanksgiving is a pretty good time to put on our grateful glasses and think about what being thankful actually means. There are things it's easy to be thankful for, like Amazon, your dishwasher…

BAGGAGE CLAIM Everyone has baggage. Everyone. Some carry bags as small as coin purses; others the size of a dumpster. While I’d like to say mine is wallet size, given a long, complicated life, it’s probably more of a satchel. How much does your life weigh? #addictions #emotionalbaggage #familydysfunction #relationships, #supportgroups #traumas #unexpressedfeelings #unresolvedissues, #verbalabuse #emotionalbaggage #psychology

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BAGGAGE CLAIM Everyone has baggage. Everyone. Some carry bags as small as coin purses; others the size of a dumpster. While I’d like to say mine is wallet size, given a long, complicated life, it’s probably more of a satchel. How much does your life weigh? #addictions #emotionalbaggage #familydysfunction #relationships, #supportgroups #traumas #unexpressedfeelings #unresolvedissues, #verbalabuse #emotionalbaggage #psychology

ANCESTRY ADDICTION Once you catch the ancestry bug, it's easy to be hooked. Curiosity is a gateway to becoming a chronic Ancestry addict, chasing down roots and unheard of relatives. #ancestry #DNA #familyhistory #familytree #heritage #relatives

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ANCESTRY ADDICTION Once you catch the ancestry bug, it's easy to be hooked. Curiosity is a gateway to becoming a chronic Ancestry addict, chasing down roots and unheard of relatives. #ancestry #DNA #familyhistory #familytree #heritage #relatives

#GRATITUDE They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us.  #blessings #giftoflife #gratitude #grief #hope #Resilience #Thanksgiving #WinniethePooh

#gratitude

They say the secret to having it all – is knowing you already do. But it’s the knowing that often escapes us. Thanksgiving is a pretty good time to put on our grateful glasses and think about what being thankful actually means. There are things it's easy to be thankful for, like Amazon, your dishwasher…