What The World Needs Now is Love

love

What the world needs now is love, sweet love…,

“That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…”

These beautiful and powerful lines by gifted songwriters Hal David and Burt Bacharach continue with “…No, not just for some, but for everyone.”  This week has Valentine’s Day in it and this provides a perfect opportunity to spread some love around.  I say let’s get busy!

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Monday is World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

Monday is World Cancer Day and while this designation is probably one you’re not familiar with, I am delighted that somebody thought it important to educate the world about this scary disease. I’ve said before my grandmother was so afraid of cancer she wouldn’t even say the word. She whispered, “I think I’ve got “c”. After seeing the ravages of this disease, I know why she was scared literally to death of getting it. The wonderful thing about February 4 though is that people across the world are pulling together to educate, celebrate advances, and promote prevention, early diagnosis, new treatments, and support.

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It’s Your Lifetime, too!

What’s in a lifetime?

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I just returned from Lacey, Washington where I was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the *Thurston Group of Washington State. I am still on a natural high because this was my first and only lifetime recognition, and though I tried not to cry during my acceptance speech, I still ended up like the late **Tammy Faye Bakker!

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Do The Right Thing, for Martin’s Sake

Do the heart thing, for Martin’s sake

Martin Luther King Jr.

This Monday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, please stop, reflect, and then do all you can to make the world better. I don’t know what that might look like for you but I suspect there’s at least one thing you can do immediately to leave the world better than you found it.

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Starting the New Year Right

New Year

I love January and here’s why: with this fresh, shiny new year we get one more opportunity to get/do IT right, whatever IT is! I am proud because I am well past Day Seven and my year of positivity is still in high gear. I decided I could practice more of what I’m preaching if I intentionally started looking on the sunny side. Can you say it’s making a world of difference? You betcha!

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2018 – Been There, Done That

2018 – Been there, done that, profited mightily…

And, lived to tell about it!

2018

Before I turned 45, one year would end and another began and I didn’t do much thinking about what came next. I just did what folks do—work, take care of the family, go to church, the grocery store, a little of this and that, and the next day, I’d do it all again. After a major health scare, I realized that I had treated “being alive” and “living in brilliant color” the same.  They are not.

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I wish You a Merry Christmas

Christmas

I love making wishes– whether for birthdays or for special gifts for Christmas. Over the years I’ve wished for all kinds of things—some came true but were disappointments like Tressy, the doll whose hair grew on television but not one strand moved after Santa left, and the list goes on. Others, like that list of 50 million things from the Sears Christmas Wish Book, never made their way under the tree. Nevertheless, my wishes this year are a little more mature and wide-ranging, and technically, they’re gentle, but familiar, reminders.

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May ‘41 Inspire, Move us Forward

George H W Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is being described as statesman, gentleman, role model, Barbara’s husband, W’s dad, servant leader, best-prepared president, point of light, intelligence chief, advocate for volunteerism, the poor, and disabled, a man who wore greatness quietly, and the list goes on. These words describe a man most of us probably didn’t give much thought to on a given day, yet, no matter the party or person, Mr. Bush was admired and praised for being what former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel called “humble, gracious and decent.” If we’re looking for a hero and bipartisan champion, this legacy of service and uplift seems to qualify.

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Time Keeps on Slippin

Ain’t it funny how time slips away…

time

When Al Green croons these familiar words, I sing loudly and probably a little off key but in real life, it’s not even funny how quickly time slips away. The closer we get to 2019, the urgency to pay attention at all times and places is matched only by the hustle and bustle of shopping, planning, and staying safe. Between mall and school shootings, gun violence, obesity, major data breaches, fights over toys and drive-by lanes, increased border deployments, immigration, it’s easy to have a mindset that includes everything but holy thoughts.

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It’s Your Birthday, so Celebrate!

birthday

OK, so it’s really my birthday but you have one coming or you’ve already had it, so, let’s keep the party going! I’ve been celebrating all month because birthdays are fun, challenging, and important—all the ingredients you need to live like you mean it. Here’s what I mean:

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