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Inez Milholland - Suffrage parade

We Are So Blessed

It’s the season of civic responsibility again.

Ellie and I wage an ongoing battle against helplessness.  No matter what topic we write about, we are always headed in the direction of showing you places where you can take control of your life, your mood, or your circumstances.

Next Tuesday is election day.  No matter what you think of the candidates, it is your chance to express your opinion about the direction you want for our country.  It’s the one opinion poll that really counts.  So please, vote this Tuesday.  We all count.

Below is a reprise of the fight to give women the vote.  It is a precious right.

Originally published on July 6th, 2010.

Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

— Alice Paul

I know that there are times when we forget just how blessed we truly are. The relentless waves of bad news hit us day after day whether via newspapers or TV or helpful friends wanting to be sure that we know of the latest betrayal or tragedy. As we sit there and process the latest news, we tend to worry that the good ol’ US of A is going to hell in a hand basket. My question – What are you doing about it?

As I was scanning the morning news, I found this article on the elections in Mexico. As a country, they are having to fight for the right to elect the people they want. It’s not that the polls aren’t open, it is that the drug cartels are Continue reading » We Are So Blessed


Dangerously Close to Hopeless

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One should… be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

September has been an overwhelming month.

It seems as if I just can’t take a single step forward.  It’s not that I’m standing still, it’s that even as I try to move forward, progress doesn’t occur.

I’m stuck in quicksand – there’s lots of movement, just not much progress.

Soon, it seems as if there’s no point in even trying anymore.  I feel dangerously Continue reading » Dangerously Close to Hopeless

The fork in the road

Moving On

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Every choice you make has an end result.

— Zig Ziglar

Do you ever feel stuck?

I do.  And I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends are stuck, too.

Maybe that’s the problem…  They say that you should hang out with people you’d like to emulate.  Unfortunately, if most of my friends are stuck too, then what do I do – trade them in on unstuck friends?

One friend has been trying to sell her mother’s house.  Her mother has been gone for 15 months and yet the house is still hanging around.  It’s a very nice house, it’s just not worth as much as other family members would like it to be, so none of the offers are good enough.  Since she can’t sell it alone, she’s stuck.

I have more than one friend with a child who has Continue reading » Moving On

Tomb of the Unknowns ("Unknown Soldier") - U.S.

Memorial Day

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

— Lee Greenwood

I grew up during the Vietnam era.  My grandfather had served in the first World War and I was raised to honor the military.  I didn’t know anything about them, but they wore uniforms and looked like impressive people, so I respected them.

Then Vietnam happened.  I can’t say that I had an opinion one way or another about the war.  Many of my classmates protested the war and felt that it was wrong.  I was the type of teenager who Continue reading » Memorial Day

Ghostbusters Patch

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

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Who ya gonna call?

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

— Margaret Mead

Hopefully GhostBusters isn’t the only resource you can count on during a crisis.  But do you know who will show up in a pinch?  Or are you simply hoping there’ll be someone there when you need them? If you’re feeling a little distracted by my questions then here are a couple of resources that will help you focus:

  1. provides a quick and easy questionnaire: Can You Count on Your Friends Quiz.
  2. Or, perhaps it takes an emergency to get you focused?  If that’s the case, publishes a Facilitator Guide that’s sure to laser-hone your thinking with these two questions: “Who can you count on?” And, “Who counts on you?”

I’m betting that those two resources will ready you to make a Continue reading » I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…