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    Thinking,  E,  Self care,  Special Topics

    Wildfires and Faith. Dearhearts and Fire Poppies.

    Every year I watch, full of fear, as Californians flee (or don’t flee) homes that are devoured by wildfires. We have family and friends around the state; despite hearing about go-bags in the cars, I remain mystified by the the combination of steeliness and flexibility they display. On the other hand, I’ve met people who are frightened by New England’s blizzards and ice storms. After several years, I’m adjusting to Florida’s hurricanes. At first I relied on information from neighbors coupled with firm, specific instructions from my…

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    Inner Critic,  E,  Fun & Inspiration,  Self care,  Thinking

    Our Friend Oscar and His Inner Critic

    Once upon a time we had a friend, a guy named Oscar. Like most — maybe all — of us, he had an inner critic. The problem was, he did not know that his inner critic could become an ally. Our friend struggled and stayed stuck — convinced that those ugly words the inner critic put into his head were, in fact, true. One day, somebody gave our friend a book. A very good book. An award-winning book. At first Oscar wasn’t sure why he had…

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    Happiness,  E,  Fun & Inspiration,  Special Topics

    A Puny Little Story About Shrimp

    Shrimp. Little. Puny. Insignificant. It’s enough to give a crustacean an inferiority complex. Generally speaking, reading a list of words like that could make anyone feel insignificant. I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not any of us shrimp can actually read. As you’re about to learn, at least of few of us can spin yarns and tell tall tales. Once upon a time, a school of shrimp migrated to a small but beautiful sandbar at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Those…