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Jessica Loves Her Life

This adorable video strikes home! (Apologies if you already saw it, but, I have seen it several times and still find it inspirational.) My wife and I often repeat, hopefully, with as much enthusiasm as Jessica, the things we love … Continue reading

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Living the Future in the Present

I have this strange belief about the future. I think some, probably a majority, of us, are here in the present, but from the future. We retain a memory of what the future is like. It is amazing, full of … Continue reading

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You Are Life

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Bonding with Life

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of bonding with my new dog Molly. THE PROBLEM It began with having to discipline her for her “fear biting.” Of course, I recognized that she had been abused a couple years back in a … Continue reading

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Stay Younger for Longer

Ben Fletcher blogs in Psychology Today about staying younger for longer. It’s the simple things we can do to avoid succumbing to age.   Ben regularly reminds himself that habits have a tendency to stop growth and interaction. He says … Continue reading

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Got Life?

Life is the very best experience we could possibly dream of or experience. Particularly, life as a human being.   I remember when I was a young adult and “Life” was pretty much a struggle. I felt that I “had … Continue reading

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Why Most Self-Help Is Useless

Are you one of those that has laughed at self-help books and courses? You have good reason to doubt. Are you one of those that have tried self-help books or courses and found your life didn’t change at the core … Continue reading

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Perfect Love Came First

When it first occurred to me how important to Life Love, Understanding and Gratitude are, I determined that those three energies were not just the place we are meant to go and to be, but that Love, Understanding and Gratitude … Continue reading

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3 Rules of Life

Elephant Journal published a great quote I’d like to share. It has to do with what really matters. Knowing what matters makes it easier to stay focused and to make a difference.

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Relief of Suffering

Relief of suffering is an essential element of life in my book (literally and figuratively). It was a tough chapter to write, and a tough chapter to keep short because there is so much suffering in this world. Suffering creates … Continue reading

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New Year, New Life, New Mind

New Year, New Life, New Mind Or Three Reasons Why I Am Going Back to School What does your new year look like? Mine looks amazingly different. It started last December 11th, when I began going to school full time. … Continue reading

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Age Is Just a Number

Thanks to my Facebook friend Bernardo Mendez, (Host of YourGreatLifeTV.com), I have an inspiring short interview to share with you. Bern brought my attention to an amazing 82 year-old, Sister Madonna Buder. She doesn’t let her age stop her from … Continue reading

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Twelve Commitments To Life book reviewed

Recently, the author of “Massive Abundance,” Christopher Stafford, recorded a video book review of (my book) The Twelve Commitments To Life. Christopher is a successful coach and entrepreneur, so he knows what works.   The Twelve Commitments To Life is … Continue reading

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Posit Science Brain Fitness

I have been reading about brain fitness and very much needing to keep my brain in shape. There are too many indicators that my mind is slipping from its once exalted <g> state. Firstly, I am forgetting little things more. … Continue reading

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What’s first? What’s next? HMM

If you want to get your life in order, wonder no more. The order is started with wondering “HMM.” HMM is my acronym that stands for Health, Mental Clarity and Motivation. It’s these three general categories that must get attention … Continue reading

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Digital Legacy

How does the digital age change the meaning of a personal legacy? Certainly our legacy includes a digital longevity that never existed before. For instance, I can find my father’s obituary online just by typing his name. I can find … Continue reading

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Last day for pre-launch discount price

Want to get a great book at a reduced price? It’s brand new. It’s a refreshing and original approach to the self-help book market. Go to the shopping cart location here and pay only $10.00 (plus tax and shipping). Scroll … Continue reading

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Video Introduction of The Twelve Commitments To Life

Rich gives a book overview for The Twelve Commitments To Life, a short and easy to read book that can help improve love, sense of purpose, health, concentration, growth, relationships and more. Rich’s book is available at Amazon.com

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Freedom, the Final Frontier

Americans celebrate their freedom in many ways. After all, aren’t they the inventors of freedom? Not really. And we Americans have much to learn about freedom yet. Freedom is often perceived as freedom from dictators, freedom to voice one’s opinions, … Continue reading

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Are We Aware that Living Fully Is Our Most Important Job?

When did you first become aware that living fully is the most important thing you could do? Sometimes we only realize that we have not been living fully when we encounter a tragedy, such as the death of a loved … Continue reading

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Loving Learning

Do you love learning? I do. Learning is part of living fully. Most of what I have learned, however, was not from an accredited institution of higher learning. Like many others, what is most valuable to me is what I … Continue reading

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David Frost and the Panel of Death

Teens and pre-teens, with the lights turned down, will discuss life and death. What is life? What is death? Where do we go? When and how? But here’s some adults facing the issue under studio lights. It’s David Frost with … Continue reading

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Sex and Bravery

Candice Holdorf is a brave woman. She is also a free woman. Free to be who she is without apology. I honor her living example of living fully. I was recently impressed with her article in Elephant Journal in which … Continue reading

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Mega Millions Missing

The buzz-buzz-buzz has been over the Mega Millions Jackpot. Did you hear it went missing? True. The juicy jackpot, the real riches, went missing. But, lucky that you found this post (or were sent this message) because I intend to … Continue reading

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The SLIP

Love, Understanding and Gratitude Energies are easily understood. Everyone I talk to about them agrees that our lives would be better if we focused on those all the time. 100% agreement. So I say to myself, “Great. We all agree … Continue reading

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Humility, the Unsung Hero: An Interview

Recently, I had the rare (really rare) opportunity to interview Humility. Usually working in the background, and often misunderstood as weak or failing to thrive, Humility, IMHO, is a hero in the development of wisdom and understanding. Me: Humility, what … Continue reading

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2012 and The Year Of Understanding (Y.O.U.)

There are many prophecies and theories about what is in store for us in 2012. Hold on to your hats. It could be the end of the world. It could be the end of present tyrannies or simply a broad-based … Continue reading

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How My Terrier Taught Me Mastery

How My Terrier Taught Mastery, A Lesson To Start 2012 Years ago, I outlined twelve or thirteen chapters for a proposed book “Everything I Learned about Prayer, I Got from My Dog.” I was convinced that dogs have an easy … Continue reading

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Life Is an (Inspired) Argument

Inspired by How to Argue and Win Every Time, by Gerry Spence Inspiration is a beautiful thing. It helps us soar over the trifles that often get us down. Sometimes it comes in the form of a pithy quote, a … Continue reading

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Starting with Gratitude

If you want peace, start with gratitude. If you want understanding, start with gratitude. If you want joy, start with gratitude. If you want love, start with gratitude. If you want health, start with gratitude. Gratitude eases the way out … Continue reading

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Mindsight

During this time of a drastically declining economy, more and more of us are experiencing a corresponding declining hope and sense of emotional well-being. We are strung out with a multitude of pressures to pay obligations, adapting to others’ stresses, … Continue reading

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Brain Sharpening

An engaged, balanced brain is a happy one, with lively connections, problem-solving smarts and relatively free of emotional hangups. A brain is essential to connect with others, which is why a sharp brain is essential for living fully moment to … Continue reading

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Progress: Fact or Exception

“I’d like to feel that progress is a fact rather than the exception.” Most of us want to move forward, out of the present realm of problems, regrets and imbalances and into a bright future with solid benefits. But we … Continue reading

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Futures Awareness

The World Future Society  uses the word “future” as a singular and plural noun, as well as a verb, as in “futuring.” It got me thinking, future should be plural…I mean futures should be plural. What if we were willing … Continue reading

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Your Time is Ripe

It is interesting how historic photographs show places that were, at the time, common, but today are more precious for the contrast. Buildings that were seen every day and used for every conceivable human activity, say, one hundred years ago, … Continue reading

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Living COLA

I have said many times that I am committed to living fully. (I hope you share that commitment with me.) And if I hadn’t noticed, a recent read has made me more aware that living fully requires being fully conscious. … Continue reading

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Clues to Longevity

Recent studies of longevity are being written up in Yahoo.com’s health pages, summing up ten clues to longevity. The clues include your ability to walk quickly, your gender, social involvement and positive emotions. It’s a short read and may be … Continue reading

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Death Through the Eyes of a Visionary

Steve Jobs, the inspiration behind the Apple empire, a man with amazing vision about what was possible within technology, a man who changed how we act several times a day, has passed. Though his illness was widely publicized, many of … Continue reading

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Want to stay young?

I love the idea of staying young. And I am taking steps, just like a a child learning the new skills of running and jumping, to do that. To stay young. Recent reads for me include: Spark: The Revolutionary New … Continue reading

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Prayer for 9/11

A couple of days ago I was trying to clear my laptop of excess files and was happy to find many memories of what really matters in life. It helped remind me of my life basics. This is particularly appropriate … Continue reading

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Anniversaries Before and After

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my father. His passing has changed my life in many ways, not the least of which are anniversaries. His birthday. Father’s Day. Their wedding anniversary. Anniversaries of family reunions, etc. In … Continue reading

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Conversations on Integrity

Jennifer Elizabeth Masters has an insightful blog… easy to read and share. I recommend her post on integrity, a subject that has been going around in my consciousness as I prepare for my next book. Living Fully, the Hidden Requirement, … Continue reading

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More meaning from life

Death, it has been argued, is the way to ensure that we live life with gravity. (Pun intended.) But death really doesn’t ensure that, does it? As a general observation, conservatives in America are happy to see their enemies die … Continue reading

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Living Fully: The Hidden Requirement

Living fully in each moment (by which I mean taking advantage of all the gifts bestowed on us by being alive) is what we are here to do. Living fully doesn’t just happen; it requires commitment. But commitment requires something … Continue reading

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The Problem with Good People

Today, as I reflect on the good people of this world, I am saddened. Here’s an example: Some very nice folks that I got to know at a local farmers market offered me a free sample. It usually sells for … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Good

You may recall that I have earlier identified our ultimate enemy as death. This came from an admittedly emotional response to the death of my beloved father. And that is how many people understood it. They understood this as a statement … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

A writer friend asked me about LifeForeverNow and was quizzical about its premise. “My mother thinks that we should get rid of death, too. But I think death is just part of life. You know, birth, growth and then death.” … Continue reading

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Just Touch It

Jake Johanssen has produced a DVD of his show called “I Love You” and it is incredibly funny. His self-deprecating humor is the best I have seen since the late Rodney Dangerfield. In one section of his routine, he talks … Continue reading

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Looking Forward with Helen

You always have to have something to look forward to. –Helen Howland Of the many people that could have said this (a psychologist or other therapist, a teacher of the Law of Attraction, a concentration camp survivor or a motivational … Continue reading

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Slowing Down

We are all in such a rush to get things done. Expectations are high. Payments from the marketplace of skills come too slowly for our appetites. Things around us seem to be piling up, falling down, running over and creating … Continue reading

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Impatience

Impatience is a very telling sign that I believe that time, particularly my time, is in short supply. That belief, like the emotions mentioned in my previous post (Law of Attraction) are self-replicating. If I think my time is short, … Continue reading

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Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction, made popular by the movie “The Secret” states that what we think about and what we do attracts more of the same in our lives. So, if we want more success, better relationships, money or job … Continue reading

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Faith in the Impossible

What seems impossible one minute becomes, through faith, possible the next. – Norman Vincent Peale How big is your belief? Do you believe in the impossible? Is anything impossible? The great healer and teacher Jesus said that those who believe … Continue reading

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When Life Hurts, Part 2

When life hurts, we can come to question everything about the life we have been living. The hurts’ sudden blow can make us question our assumptions or try to make a lesson of it. But sometimes it is too early … Continue reading

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Self-Reliance

Living fully in the present is a big order. I get that. It requires commitment as mentioned in the last post, “When Life Hurts.” Things constantly get in the way of living fully and there is no remedy besides commitment … Continue reading

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When Life Hurts

Many friends and relatives are up in arms. A family friend is about to lose the house he built with his own hands because of an extended illness and his insurance running out. A mother I know is in an … Continue reading

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Life Beyond Limits

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.” Humanity is unique among species. It doesn’t just evolve, it seeks to explore its limits and eliminate its boundaries. We are innocent in this regard; we seem to come … Continue reading

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Time is too valuable

A friend told me on Sunday that “life is too short to…” I replied, “You say life is too short. I say time is too valuable.” Then I got an email about it. “To realize the value of ten years: … Continue reading

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What’s new?

“What’s new,” my neighbor asked? I could have mentioned the new blog post, the new coffee product I received or the recent disturbance in the neighborhood. Those are new. But I replied, “What an interesting question. Isn’t everything new?” “Yes, … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I ate the whole thing

This age-old regret may be a significant factor in aging and feeling old. Overeating has long made news, but a different approach, a calorie restriction diet, is rarely seen or heard, and is often ridiculed. Instead of taking an over-the-counter … Continue reading

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Living Without Regrets

I came across a blog recently where nurse Bronnie Ware posts the most commonly heard regrets people utter before they die. http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html Regrets are something we can nurse every day, pardon the pun. But nursing them keeps them alive. It’s … Continue reading

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Body Ownership

Life forever on this planet raises many theological, demographic, social and philosophical issues. On this blog, I attempt to speak to many of them and to resource other expert opinions. But central to this discussion is one I have not … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

“You always have to have something to look forward to.” Helen Howland, 100 years old Centenarians are looking forward to more in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and you have to admire their zest for life. I think Helen has just shared … Continue reading

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Fallen Fathers

On this Father’s Day, 2011, we again remember fathers. And if your or your partner’s father has passed on, you know that Father’s Day is not necessarily a time of connection and joy. As I look at photos of my … Continue reading

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Waiting for Death

Too much TV time (more than two hours per day) has been linked to higher risk of death. Other recent studies show that sitting in general (computer, office, lounging) is less healthy than standing or moving about. But this latest … Continue reading

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Passion or Mission

People often think of me as a passionate person. (You may have been able to pick up some of my passion from the way I write.) But counter to the current emphasis on finding your passion, I have not found … Continue reading

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Body Love

I love my body for one particular reason: it is my touchstone with all that I am. It stores my memories, my emotions, senses and perceptions. It connects me to the people I love. It gives me the ability to … Continue reading

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Loving the Future

I have often wondered about the future and what separates it from the present. Why does it always feel a long way off when it is only the next second away? Surely the future is present now as we plant … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever- Review

Mark Wexler’s third documentary debuted in San Diego on June 3rd. The San Diego Reader posted this interview with Wexler. How to Live Forever is a life-affirming movie, full of good humor and insights. Check it out on the movie … Continue reading

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Celebrity Status

People almost never ask me if I am a celebrity. No, I am not, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to be. The truth is, I think we should all be celebrities. We should all be notable for something … Continue reading

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As Powerful as the Trust and Connection

“The roles we play in each others’ lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us.” – Oprah Winfrey It’s not hard to see the truth of the quote. Oprah nailed that one. And because roles are … Continue reading

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The Limits of Life

“It is our duty as human beings to proceed as if the limits or our capabilities do not exist.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, visionary French Jesuit, philosopher and scientist. For many years this quote has inspired me to think … Continue reading

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Choosing Joy instead of Paranoia

Joy is intimately connected with living fully. This was expressed to me many years ago by a person who described herself as an “inverse paranoid:” someone who believes without any proof that everyone is out to make her day. This … Continue reading

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Solving the Problem of Dying

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein There is something plainly obvious about Einstein’s observation and another element that is more subtle and valuable. The first and most … Continue reading

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Is Your Time Up?

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach This is a key ingredient to both living fully now and life extension: realizing that your mission on Earth is … Continue reading

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Impossible? Think Again.

People keep telling me that to “live forever” is impossible. They can understand “live fully now” but doing that forever seems impossible. Apparently, they have not read some of our most inspirational artists, philosophers, scientists and achievers. Here are a … Continue reading

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No Ending of the World May 21st

The ending of the world as we know it has been announced to happen May 21st, 2011, by a man most of us do not know, Harold Camping. But because he owns a number of radio stations, and because the … Continue reading

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Longevity (Life Forever), Amen

There are two things that are vital to both longevity and living fully. (Well, there are many, it’s true, but there are two on my ‘favorites’ list.) One is brain health and the other is sexual vitality. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Be Living

“Living fully” can be interpreted in every way a person can live. Yet it is about living in the body rather than ascribing to a theory or giving mental assent to the concept of living to the full. That is … Continue reading

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Ultimate Irony

My generation stands at a watershed lifespan. Some of us just may make the cut, that is, live long enough to live hundreds of years with the life extension technologies now being developed. And some of us won’t “make the … Continue reading

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Coasting through Life

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickenson Feeling passionate about life, it amazes me now to see people coasting through life, accepting their fate as they struggle to make ends meet. Believe me, … Continue reading

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Life and Passion

So, what is your passion? What is it that makes you feel fully alive, in love or connected with your ultimate purpose for being here on this earth? Living fully is often equated with being passionate about doing what you … Continue reading

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After Death, Part Three

In parts one and two, I wrote briefly about commitment and laughter as healthy responses to death. What I didn’t write was what we can commit to in order to stop the ultimate enemy. Firstly, we can commit to living … Continue reading

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Late again

Due to my father’s passing, I had to ask the IRS for an extension to file. And since that, I have noticed that I continue to be late. I was late to pay the State Board of Equalization for retail … Continue reading

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In the Face of Death

Why would anyone tell someone that has had a death in the family, “Take care, now. We all have to die sometime?” It sounds preposterous and insensitive, yet it happens all the time. I postulate that the reason behind this … Continue reading

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Precious about Time

I have said it and you probably have, too. If not, you have heard it said because it is common to our psyche. “Life’s too short to…” Though often said in a humorous way, this phrase now seems all wrong. … Continue reading

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Psalm of Life

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a husband of two wives whose lives ended tragically. In his recovery, he wrote “A Psalm of Life,” urging his readers to live fully now. Not in any future or in the romantic or … Continue reading

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Keeping Life Together

A recent acquaintance was talking to me about his work last week. He is a psychologist of thirty years working with the armed forces. Of one of these branches he quipped, “They are very good at taking things apart, but … Continue reading

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10 actions for 100 years

Not all agree on ways to achieve longevity, but About.com has an article worth reading. I would switch out two or three actions, but I believe this simple information can help. While I’d love to be a (or your) resource … Continue reading

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Did I Hear a Complaint?

I heard myself complain today. No, I don’t want to hear my complaints. Complaints are lies. Complaints come from the wounded ego. The proof is in the content. Aren’t all complaints about not being served according to one’s realistic and … Continue reading

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Let the Dead Bury the Dead

“Let the dead bury their own dead,” said Jesus, “but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60 (New International Version of the Holy Bible) How could Jesus tell his disciples that the dead should be left to … Continue reading

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Too Spiritual

A friend asked me this morning how my father’s death has changed my religious and spiritual beliefs. One thing is that I realized that my spiritual practice was too spiritual. It is good to balance the physical with the spiritual, … Continue reading

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We will have eternal life here on earth

A gentleman trying to help me get past my recent pain of my father’s passing, was explaining to me that everything has timeline, a season, a beginning and ending. I think this might be how he dealt with the passing … Continue reading

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No Regrets

I hear various promoters of positivity urge people to make sure they have no regrets when they breathe their last. They ask us to project ourselves into the future and think about what we might regret yet still have time … Continue reading

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Life Is Our Best Asset

The economy is tough these days. Some of us are feeling a financial pinch that elicits more of a scream than a simple “ow.” We have high unemployment. More Americans are working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Graduates have … Continue reading

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Living Ageless

Another word choice for “Life Forever Now” is “Living Ageless.” The word “Ageless” adds another dimension to “Now.” Living Ageless is more of a style or a mode of thinking that is both now and timeless. To Live Ageless requires … Continue reading

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Life Strives

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die- for the harder I work, the more I live… Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for … Continue reading

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Easter. Pagan, Christian, Resurrection or Life Forever?

The Internet can be a forum for nut-cases and intellectuals, inspiration and stuck-ness. It offers many opinions about the meaning of this and that. Today Facebook and the blogworld are vibrating to the controversy of what Easter means. Is it … Continue reading

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