Pretend Power

My sweet and sometimes sinister young mentee called this week, bursting to share the joy of her “healthiest relationship ever.” After ten years of hearing stories and mentoring her through fear and disempowerment, she sounded surprisingly solid. She went on to exclaim, “We tell each other everything now! We’ve gotten past that big hurdle. You […]

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Weddings, White Lies and Willpower

Weddings All of sunny yesterday, I flitted furiously over a freshly-mown field, setting the ‘rustic yet elegant’ décor for a friend’s wedding. After already having given countless hours ordering, meeting, delivering and directing—before the 15 hour wedding-day-workday, I was totally spent. Weddings are as lovely as they are challenging. For those of you who have […]

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Selfish v. Self-Care

For most of my life, I bent over backwards to assure that I was not being selfish. This led me down a winding path to discover the true meaning of selfishness and self-care, and the vital importance of a life worth living. What is selfishness, really? As my dad always said, “A man wrapped up […]

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Loving by Giving

In her early days, my mom was the queen of loving by giving. Like many mothers, she was happiest when she knew that everyone around her was happy. Mom’s kitchen Mom liked to bake, and her bounty was my reward for walking home after school. I didn’t mind the two-mile walk, except for during the […]

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