Joy Is

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photo by Dmitry Kichenko Joy IS In the spring of 99, after her 51 st birthday  my mom lost her battle with breast cancer. Six month’s later her namesake; Rosalie Chaney, my daughter was born. When I sent out  Rosie’s birth announcement I wrote, ” Our sorrow remains and yet …our joy is inextinguishable.” It’s…

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Losing MY Potential

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photo red twolips Losing MY Potential Stepping Onto the Scale I exhale. The red letters blink, ” Under Potential.” Shifting to the right I work to disrupt the scale.  ”LESS THAN EXPECTED,” it responds. If ONLY. If only I’d done more, accomplished more, been more… As the bar to the high jumper, my POTENTIAL taunts….

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Radical Grace

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photo by By andrea.rose Radical Grace The short prayer before a meal. The period provided after a bill is due and yet not late. Favor, goodwill. Elegance, beauty in action. Luther’s 95 thesis, the Protestant Reformation. Grace. Graceful. Full of grace. Are we? Are we liberal in dispensing undeserved favor? What is our tendency; to criticize…

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Keeping It Real

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Keeping It Real “How are you?” Fine she answered as she wiped her leaky eyes dry. “Are you sure?” “Yeah.”  She whispered. How many times have I been the character  above?   Blind to truth. Deaf to reality? Mine and others?Acting as if, “See no evil, hear no evil” is some sort of excuse for…

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Leaves or Grapes?

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Leaves or Grapes. The young man admired the vineyard foliage. “It’s so green,  so thick, it’s amazing!” The vine-dresser smiled as she picked up the vine and began cutting. “What are you doing?” The old woman looked across the top of her glasses at the young man,  ”This wood.” she pointed. “These leaves.” She frowned….

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Went out for Coffee; Came back with a Miracle

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Yesterday was my first day back from vacation. To ease back into real life I started my day with a walk to Caffe Ladro in Kirkland, ordered my grande, triple shot, rice latte and headed for the stairs. Yes. The stairs. I go there when I need a  heart raising workout. And I always go there…

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Ever Been Pissed At God?

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I was at the Drinks For Drinks Benefit with Herding Cats tonight for Charity Water and all I could think about was the question, “Have you ever been pissed At God?” I know weird. Here I am at one of the most inspiring events I’ve ever been to and I’m thinking about how easy it…

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Fear liberation

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Taking the fear out of fear A prospective client called and asked to meet with me. During the meeting I asked him what was motivating his desire to launch this  new venture we were discussing. He answered, “I want to do what I want, when I want.” I asked if what he really wanted was…

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Authenticity: it’s a journey

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Authenticity It’s A Journey and who better than Mary Oliver to inspire us, The Journey “One day you finally knew what you had to do and began though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my…

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When the ‘sky’ is falling & the earth shaking; Inspiration

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‘Everybody falls sometimes, gotta find the strength to rise from the ashes and make a new beginning….. ” Everyone can feel the ache, you think it’s more than you can take, but you are stronger, stronger than you know….. I’ve seen dreams that move mountains, hope that never ends EVEN when the sky is falling. I’ve…

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