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How do you measure success?

What does it mean to be a success? Is it something you are, or something you feel? How do you measure it? What does it look like? Who decides?
 
People have been congratulating me lately on my successes. At…

Cooking from the Heart

I am at my creative best these days with a knife in my hand. I love to cook! I love the colors and the shapes, the smells and the endless possibilities.
 
All of my senses are engaged as I…

Planting Seeds (Your Heart Songs)

Yesterday, I saw my first forsythia. It is my favorite sign of spring. I like when they are wild and leggy! I feel like forsythia today, untamed and reaching for the sun.  

I feel inspired by the season’s emerging color…

The View from a Milestone

Yesterday ended with a passionate rant to myself, and to my closest friend, about needing help, not knowing how to ask for it, whom to ask, and what specifically I was asking for.  Then, before closing my eyes on the…

Best next step...

The magical wonderland of snow has melted, and the temperature is rising. Wind is noisily throwing its weight around outside my window, and I know spring is just about here. Soon the heat will be turned off for another year, and…
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Strangers at Heart (flash fiction)  

Anne wanted to punch Claudia in the face. They were doing dishes after a mostly silent dinner of tuna noodle casserole and canned Le Sueur peas. Claudia was babysitting while their parents went to see The Carpenters at the Rose…

Songwriters in the Round

“You’re afraid of that?  Here, I've got some for you... That too? Here's an extra helping...“  It felt like the universe taunting me. 

I was sick and in bed for days leading up to the event; I could barely rehearse;…
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Stone and Snow (flash fiction with audio) 

I had heard of this thing that warmed your heart and made the corners of your mouth turn upward. I had a distant memory of feeling it, but I thought it would never happen to me in this new place.…

The Cat Came Back

Have you ever been reunited with an old love? Did your heart fill up like it was transported back in time? Mine did. I felt teenaged and deeply in love with the music of Cat Stevens. Seeing him again was…
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Little Joys!

I love corny, small town, Christmas movies! They bring on that old feet-pajama feeling. Love always wins, as if the universe wouldn’t have it any other way. There is often magic involved, and gingerbread smells, and snow.  The ending is…
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Sending the funk packing!

Have you ever avoided things that you knew would be good for you? Has that ever lead to the kind of funk that shows up with luggage? For me, the answer is yes, and yes... 
 
This has been a…