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A Moment of Mindfulness: What About the Children?

A Moment of Mindfulness: What About the Children?

You love, you marry, you have children. Mothers are children’s first teachers from the womb. Yet, at some point, parents realize that the multiple intelligences of their children need enhanced nurturing. Their minds and spirits need challenge and encouragement and outlets to creativity.  The subtle byproducts of healthy educational systems are critical life skills to include confidence, embracing diversity, good communication, high ethical standards, honesty, teamwork, the ability to listen, authenticity, selflessness, understanding, and empowerment. Children are unlimited possibilities waiting to be born. And yet, we pay those we trust with their advancement approximately 20% less than similar professions.[1] Enter,…
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Moment of Mindfulness: “And They Call it Puppy Love”

Moment of Mindfulness: "And They Call it Puppy Love"

Inspired by the pandemic crisis, this 1970s love song title means something fun and new to me. About two months ago I fell in love. It was sudden and it was powerful. His cuteness came into view about a half a block away. I stooped down on one knee and whispered loudly, “Are you a Westie?” I knew Puppy Otis heard me because he immediately began to run to me, dragging his humans out of their leisurely walk. Puppy Otis panted as he ran, “There is Miss Tyra! She looks like she needs a hug, and I have one. I…
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Moment of Mindfuless: For the exhausted and overwhelmed.

Moment of Mindfuless: For the exhausted and overwhelmed.

Sometimes when I feel exhausted and overwhelmed about an inconvenient reality, I search for meaning or perspective or affinity in the thoughts of others. Last week I wandered into these words that worked for me. “Our belonging to each other can’t be lost, but it can be forgotten. The life-giving link between vulnerability and courage has been discovered in recent days of the uncomfortable, We must walk through this crisis of our life together because we can move beyond it: with strong backs, soft fronts, and wild hearts.” – Brené Brown “Not too long ago it was assumed that clean…
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A Moment of Mindfulness: Everybody has one, many of us are.

A Moment of Mindfulness: Everybody has one, many of us are.

Although motherhood related celebrations have existed for thousands of years, it was President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 who officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in the United States. Mother is our first intimate relationship, first friend, and teacher. She is created with special powers. She has eyes in the back of her head, can hear through walls, and can catch us before we fall. Her love is the launchpad for all kinds of promise. “Super-her-o” mother understands what her children do not say, makes a scraped knee better with a kiss, and gives hugs that last…
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A Pandemic Moment Of Mindfulness: Back to Normal?

A Pandemic Moment Of Mindfulness: Back to Normal?

So, today I am intrigued by the term “back to normal”. Apparently, a lot of folks are in a big hurry to get there. However, science tells us, humans experience time moving forward. Perhaps the answer lies beyond the words. Perhaps normal is code for what we knew, and back refers to when we were comfortable and in control? What do you think? Regardless, our nation’s normal contains a variety of inconvenient truths. We have veterans who fought to preserve our beautiful lifestyles living in homes made of cardboard. We have children who not only go to school to learn…
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A Moment of Mindfulness: YES? NO? MAYBE?

A Moment of Mindfulness: YES? NO? MAYBE?

I was shocked this week to hear a media personality choose to respond to the devastating number of coronavirus deaths among the elderly with these words, “Well, they were on their way out anyway.” My anger jumped up and screamed at the TV talking head. My behavior reminded me that the pandemic not only steals lives, and that if I am not careful, it can also pierce my peace. I escaped the moment and remembered this reality: YES, we are in this crisis together. NO, our responses to it are not and will not be the same. However, MAYBE if…
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A Moment of Mindfulness: In Times Like These

A Moment of Mindfulness: In Times Like These

Today, in my solitude, I wonder about us, you and me. It seems our biggest challenge is how to be here now. To survive, we may have to make room for the new. I’m not talking about cleaning out our closets, I am talking about the transformation of our minds. We can no longer be bound by yesterday. I found words from author Iyanla Vanzant, in her 2001 book, Faith in the Valley, echoing my perceived need for transformation. “As a result of this divinely ordered event, you are no longer held in hostage to what was.  All dreams, goals,…
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A Moment of Mindfulness: Be Encouraged

A Moment of Mindfulness:  Be Encouraged

I went to sleep one night and woke up to a different world. It’s been easy to maintain the ordered physical distance during my daily walks because my only companion is my reflection in the darkened windows of offices and shops. However, it’s been tough to watch the usually frisky neighborhood dogs walking their humans with gloomy, subdued steps. It’s like this mean old “invisible virus enemy” has stolen their spirits as it tries to take away our lives. But wait! This is a time where our memories can become useful weapons. Remember the fight of your life, the second…
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Reflect, restore, and reposition with author Margery Leveen Sher

Reflect, restore, and reposition with author Margery Leveen Sher

“America is an idea. It is a culture of tolerance. All different colors and religions can live in coexistence. All can contribute positively. This idea must be a leader in the world. This idea must be preserved. If anything happened to this idea, it would be very bad for the rest of the world.”—Zaheer Iqbal, immigrant from Pakistan Author Margery Leveen Sher sets the stage for our conversation in the following words. “This book tells some of the continuing stories of immigrants to our country. The American Dream is not dead, and it is certainly not a myth. It is…
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Reflect, restore, and reposition with Nora Neal-Daggett.

Reflect, restore, and reposition with Nora Neal-Daggett.

When Tears Have Voice With fifty years of Nursing experience, 43 in Nursing management, Nora exudes profound, compassion, and, deeply cares for the hearts of those experiencing loss through the death of a husband, parent, child or divorce! Nora exemplifies a story of total transformation! Just imagine the caterpillar… how it is transformed from an ugly blob -into one of God’s most beautiful creatures!  Nora can help you transform your current state of mourning, sorrow, pain, and grief into hope and eventually joy! If you have experienced loss and/or are having trouble navigating grief, you will feel empowered, encouraged, and inspired by author, speaker,…
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