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The elections are almost upon us and this round of debates and reporting, in case anyone hadn’t noticed, seems a bit different from prior years. Since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon participated in the first televised debates, the candidates, their political parties, and the American public, came to realize the potential impact. Typically a time to learn more about the candidates themselves and their opinions regarding various …

Everybody loves a good shot in the arm. Not the kind of shot you get from a doctor when you’re sick, but the kind of shot that gives you a burst of enthusiasm or a sense of renewal…a reminder of why you do what you do. That’s the kind of shot in the arm I received when attending Momentous Institute’s Changing the Odds Conference 2016. The list of speakers included …

According to an assessment I took as part of the Power of Self leadership training group, my top personal strength is LEARNER, meaning that I want to continuously learn new things and improve in all areas. Well, no surprise there! As a friend once said to me, “You are never without a goal or project. You are always working toward something!” It, then, is only to be expected that I …

Pop artist Meghan Trainor gives me hope. As a songwriter and singer, she has chosen to immerse herself with songs and lyrics that reflect a positive attitude, acceptance of oneself, and a spirit of hopefulness. Never do I associate her with a sense of hopelessness, or a willingness to accept the status quo, especially when she knows, almost instinctively, that we can expect more of ourselves and one another. We …

Happiness. Such a common word that receives an extraordinary amount of attention. Abraham Lincoln said a person is as happy as he makes his mind up to be. Mathatma Ghandi believed that happiness was a result of thoughts, words, and actions all being in harmony. Each week day, Ellen Degeneres does her best to ensure each of her talk show episodes focus on the positive, making people smile, laugh, and …

Memories, having the power to remind us of the times in our life’s experiences, can be wonderful. They may also take us back to events that we’d like to forget. But, considering how often our minds replay those memories, it may become apparent that it is not the recollections that are so vividly recalled, but the emotions they evoke. The thrill of an exciting adventure, the keen disappointment when something …

In the summer of 2014 I visited Plum Village in France, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, a spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist known throughout the world for his teachings and writings on mindfulness and peace. During my week there, I was fortunate in that I was able to hear this inspiring man speak on a variety of subjects, one of which still provides strength to me as family holidays …

How often do you listen to the woes of a friend of family member, and do only that: just listen? While many of us want to try to offer a solution and help solve problems for others, active listening may just be the biggest gift you can offer to someone else. Enter the Crisis Text Line, a free text service that offers exactly this: active listening. The service operates free …

The school year is almost over and, before memories dim, try looking back at the academic year with an objective eye; how did the year evolve for you and your children? Did your child use the best study skills, or does he even know them? Did your child’s teacher go out of the way to establish a positive relationship with both you and your child? Was there a team approach …

The number of times something didn’t happen to me, or those to whom I am close, are too numerous to count, but last night I received the greatest reminder of all that we must remember to appreciate and give thanks for not only what takes place in our lives, but also for those things that don’t happen to us. My husband fell seriously ill during the middle of the night, …