The Attitude Influence, Part 1

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou I recently read The Attitude Influence by LeAnn Shaw. It’s her first book. And it’s good. I can appreciate the process she went through to give life to her thoughts, wisdom, and to her words. She talks about choosing theContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 1”


–photo by Gabriela Arp This drive to emotionally attach—to find someone to whom we can turn and say, “Hold me tight”—is wired into our genes and our bodies. It is as basic to life, health, and happiness as the drives for food, shelter, or sex. We need emotional attachments with a few irreplaceable others toContinue reading “Interdependency”


Saw this guy and just had to take a picture. The Luna moth lives for 7 days simply to mate. As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Believing: the sacredness of self-care.

Sometimes shifts happen that demand we ask, “What the hell am I doing?” And then, we unexpectedly pound out frustrations lodged so deep that in the aftermath Grand Canyon-size chasms are left behind with people scattered on both sides. These chasms are scary big, where looking over the edge can make your head spin, yourContinue reading “Believing: the sacredness of self-care.”

Success vs. Significance

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance–and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” –Oprah Winfrey

Respect and Interdependency

Photo by my good friend Vern Seward, who’s on his way to Namibia to fulfill a two-year commitment with the Peace Corps.  I’ve been pondering a couple words from my Momentous Living book chapter, “Village: doing life with others.” These two words—respect and interdependency—encompass important stuff that has to do with relationships and community. RespectContinue reading “Respect and Interdependency”

Graduation: a time of shifting

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim. [1] —Mark Nepo, The Exquisite Risk As I travel through yet another year of graduations with friends’ children, as well as my own,Continue reading “Graduation: a time of shifting”

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