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Stop the World

Stop the World

I feel really angry and forlorn today. The Notorious RBG, a beloved trail blazer for women and Supreme Court Justice for 27 years, has died and our so-called leader is making it all about him. Things have reached such a boiling point, we had an earthquake on Friday...

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Making Up Stories

Making Up Stories

When I woke up this morning, the Los Angeles fires were blazing. The sky looked eerie, the sun shone weakly through layers of smoke and it seemed like the end of the world was here. The suffocating smell permeated my bedroom and I felt trapped. My “go to” distraction...

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Just Get Started

Just Get Started

My mind was blank when I sat down to write this morning so I thought about my writing classed. Just start writing, I tell my students, and before you know it, you're off and running. This is true for any artistic endeavor. You may not know how you want it to look. You...

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Do You Choose Heaven Or Hell?

Do You Choose Heaven Or Hell?

A big burly samurai warrior approaches a Buddhist wise man, a Roshi, and says, “Tell me the nature of heaven and hell. The Roshi looks him in the eye and asks, “Why should I talk to a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you?" The samurai gets purple in the face...

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Mushy Brain

Mushy Brain

Let's get scientific here. I’m suffering from a medical condition I call “Mushy Brain.” You know the feeling. You’re going along in your life and you suddenly realize that you forgot something important. Maybe you walk into a room and you're not sure why. Or you find...

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Learning Something New

Learning Something New

I have a friend in her sixties who is in great shape, her mind is keen, her instincts are sharp, but as she gets older, she gets less experimental and more rigid. When she told me she was bored, I asked her, “Why don’t you learn to play the guitar? You told me you...

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