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Things I Thought I Believed In

Things I Thought I Believed In

Gary Paller, an artist I know, was recently giving a painting demonstration. He was discussing the creative process and how painters must decide what to add, subtract, mute or emphasize in their work. As he painted over some of the brushstrokes he had already made, he...
Party Pants

Party Pants

I recently hired a wardrobe and color consultant. She came over and guided me through the process of determining my color palette. (Soft Winter, if you must know.) Once we had my palette decided and chosen, she helped me edit my existing wardrobe. We slated a few...
The Shelter Dog That Saved My Life

The Shelter Dog That Saved My Life

A lot can happen in a year (or two).   Approximately two years ago, I hit rock bottom during a four-month episode with a shelter dog named Charlie along with the resulting aftermath. What’s my definition of aftermath, you ask? Aftermath [af-ter-math, ahf-] noun...
Best. Gift. Ever.

Best. Gift. Ever.

This Christmas I received the Best. Gift. Ever. It was a gift I gave to myself. And it was truly priceless. As the time for visiting with family approached, I realized how much I had changed. I was ready to let the real me out. Warts, inner radiance and all. All me....
Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

Do you believe in Santa Claus? I’ll bet the answer is no. But perhaps there was a time when you went through what over two billion people have gone through: Believing in Santa Claus. Believing that a rotund man in a red velvety suit with a white beard and spectacles...
When you think a compliment feels bad

When you think a compliment feels bad

Have you ever felt bad when someone complimented your or spoke favorably about you? I have, and I never understood why. Here’s the thing… When there is a discrepancy between what others think about you and what you think about you, you argue with what they’re saying....
No one’s ruining anyone’s life

No one’s ruining anyone’s life

Dear Client, I ruined their lives. I ruin people’s lives. These thoughts are not true. Plain and simple. And no one ruined your life either. Not your mother. Not your father. Not your brothers. As adults, we create our lives and are responsible for them in their...
On cleaning the stove…

On cleaning the stove…

As we approach Thanksgiving – a day of cooking, cleaning and family time… Here’s what my mom once said as she toiled tediously over the stove top, trying to get it spotless, crouching downwards and sideways checking her work, rubbing with conviction and...