how to stop worrying

How to Deal with Worry when the World Is a Mess

We all know the clichés about worry, right? You know: “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia Or, one of my favs: “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb And a litany of similar bits of wisdom. They seem […]

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5 Ways to Deal with Frustration when You Want to Lose your Mind

5 Ways to Deal with Frustration when You Want to Lose your Mind

Because I sure know about losing my mind. 🙂And most likely, you do too. At least sometimes!Did I mention lately that I have 13 Labrador puppies? I still can’t believe it. Thirteen puppies. And they’re 6 weeks old now. So, we are all pooped around here, in more ways than one!And like you, my life […]

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Let Me Be Frank With You

Let Me Be Frank With You

I love books.Okay, so that’s not a news flash. I’m a novelist primarily, but have had 4 books of co-authored nonfiction published along with 2 novels. I’m also a book editor.So books are pretty much what I do.But I write and edit and speak at literary conferences because, well, I love words and reading and […]

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Fear of failure

Stop Holding Yourself Back

​Don’t we live in a world where success is just everything? All the motivational gurus, all the self-help books, all the talk shows and etc., etc. — all are espousing success and how to get there.And God knows, I’m not advocating for failure. Although it can sure teach us a lot.But so often what I […]

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What have you given up for Lent?

Disclaimer! This Is Not A Religious Post

The Lenten season is upon us.Although most folks don’t actually practice it. LifeWay Research found that only 24% of Americans engage in this period of fasting and moderation (even to the point of self-denial). Not only Catholics but other Protestant denominations observe it, however.Disclaimer! This is not a religious post 🙂Beginning on Ash Wednesday and […]

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Books, Publishing, and Political Correctness

Books, Publishing, and Political Correctness

As we become increasingly more divided by so many seemingly different values in this country, publishing has been caught in the crosshairs.Hate-mongers spout disgusting views, while on the other side, political correctness can be a muzzle on the truth.And book publishing isn’t immune.A Feb 15 Washington Post article, entitled, “Publishers are hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to […]

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7 Tips on How to Focus in the Midst of Chaos

7 Tips on How to Focus in the Midst of Chaos

How did life get so rip-roaring crazy?Okay, so we know how that happens. But seems these days the whole world is in chaos. Couple that with your normal hectic life, and, well, sometimes it seem like the tail just gets chased.When that happens, how to stay focused just seems like a laughable question.So what’s a […]

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Be Honest, Do You Really Want Listen To People?

Be Honest, Do You Really Want To Listen To People?

Everyone knows what it takes to truly communicate, right? This is a common topic in therapeutic circles, on blogs, just about all over the place.We have the skills, no? We all know about letting another talk, paraphrasing back what he said, using ‘I’ statements to convey hurt. You know, all that “therapy talk.”We’ve all perfected […]

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This is why women marched in 2017

This Is What Happens When Women March

Did you catch the women’s march last Saturday? Perhaps participate in it? Or see the television coverage or online?Such extraordinary numbers for a grassroots event! An estimated 1 in 100 Americans marched, and though the numbers are difficult to tally, an estimated 4 million worldwide.That’s a lot of women. And men.And talk about inauspicious roots. […]

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Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”–philosopher and author George SantayanaA new President will take power in our country this week. To say the campaign season, and even since the election, has been contentious is pretty much the understatement of this new century.A divided country we live in, to say the […]

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