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How to Blossom When You Don’t Feel Inspired

You can’t heal her – the daughter, niece or neighbor who is trying to fill the hole in her soul with food, sex, drugs, clothes, cutting. You can’t bring them back – the mother, sister, or best friend you lost. The brother, uncle, father who was taken from you too early, […]

Blossom for Her Sake

What Helped You Blossom Last Time? 3

I recently dreamed I was unpacking boxes after moving to a new house. I was devastated! I love my current home, and in my dream I didn’t get to say good-bye. Suddenly I was ripped away and had to start living a whole new life. It happened so fast, I […]

What Helped You Blossom

How to Stop Nurturing Dead Blossoms 2

Have you fallen into the trap of doing what’s easy, but useless? Maybe you have – or maybe you haven’t really thought about it. It’s time! I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. Here’s mine: I spend about an hour on Twitter every day, and I have more than 9,373 […]

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Blossoming in the Waiting Place – Dr Seuss

What are you waiting for? I bet Dr Seuss named it in this excerpt from Oh! The Places You’ll Go… The Waiting Place  Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or […]

Blossoming in the Waiting Place – Dr Seuss

Blossoms in Your Email List

When my email address list reached 1,500 contacts, I decided it was time to declutter. Actually, the real reason I decluttered was because I sent a slightly confidential email to the wrong Frances. The Frances I was supposed to email is my supervisor (I’m a casual relief employee at a […]


Bittersweet Blossoms

I once attended a Passover dinner at a Jewish friend’s home. We sat around the dinner table, and took turns reading short portions of the Torah. We passed a portion of Maror (bitter herbs) around the table, each of us taking a small taste. Yuck! Then we passed Charoset, which […]

Laurie in Split, Croatia

How to Pull the Weeds So You Can Blossom

“If I feel worse after being with someone,” says Lacy, “I wonder whether it’s a valuable way to spend my time. I should feel happier and lighter after a visit, not drained or depressed.” Lacy and I were walking our dogs, talking about friends, dog poop, and the meaning of […]

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