Give Your Best Anyway

Give Your Best Anyway

Some days just jam together with problems. The car won’t start. Your boss is an extra grouch. The kids are whiny. Your spouse is still unsettled about your recent disagreement. These are the days we need a reminder from someone like Mother Teresa. In 2018, I posted a...
Standing With Underdogs

Standing With Underdogs

I am a softie for the underdog. How about you? On our elementary playground, my friends and I would yell at some rogue boys we didn’t like. They wanted us to feel like the underdog. “Sticks and stones may break my bones,” we shouted, “but words will never...
Tips from a Gas Station Guru

Tips from a Gas Station Guru

People often ask, “So where did you grow up?” I often reply, “A gas station.” Yep, “fill ‘er up” were some of the first words I ever heard. My parents’ full-service gas station was the kind of small-town garage similar to Wally’s Filling Station on The Andy Griffith...
The Upside of Detours and Delays

The Upside of Detours and Delays

Detours and delays can bring out the worst in us. Another slowdown? Another rerouting of plans? Come on! We have got places to go and people to see. Who really has time to downshift and head in another direction when the route you’ve mapped out is perfectly fine?...
A Beauty-Full Cure for Burnout

A Beauty-Full Cure for Burnout

Burnout. What a descriptive word! Burnout is a condition that you may have experienced or are experiencing right now. Merriam-Webster defines burnout as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or...
You’ve Got a Story to Tell

You’ve Got a Story to Tell

You’ve got a story to tell. We’ve all got a story to tell. Some of us just have a few more twists and turns in our chapters. Like the two women I interviewed for my upcoming Bend book. Well, they are women and they are also witches. Females fascinated by the Wiccan...
Hope for the Sleep-Deprived

Hope for the Sleep-Deprived

How you sleeping these days? Has the world’s restless state left you sleep-deprived? COVID outbreaks. Riot upsurges. China-U.S. wranglings. Stock market yo-yoing. I might have a restful cure for you. A few years ago while on vacation in the central mountains of...
First Jobs’ Grit and Gratitude

First Jobs’ Grit and Gratitude

What was your first job? You know, that initial labor you invested in exchange for real money. Babysitting? Waiting tables? Flipping fast-food burgers? Recently, Parade magazine ran a cover story on first jobs for the rich and famous. Jennifer Aniston cut hair for $10...
The Sure Way Out of a Hole

The Sure Way Out of a Hole

American business magnate Warren Buffet shares some profound advice about how to get unstuck in life: “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” Stop digging? But doesn’t a little extra muscle help lift you out of your...