Yearly Archives: 2012

Gaining Perspective: New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

This is going to be the year of simplifying and slowing down. It has to be. 2012 and really the past few years have been on overdrive, going, doing, busy-ing, with every weekend seeming busier than the last when all … Continue reading »

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Work That Matters: Herb Alpert and Stan Getz (or: Is your work your art?)

You know the feeling when you do something you love – eyes closed, lost in thought, no worries, no little professor on your shoulder critiquing how you’re doing it, no looking at the clock, wishing away the day. It just … Continue reading »

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How to Get More Readers on Your Blog

Blogging is part art, part science. I write this blog to keep my writing chops honed and to build a platform for my voice. Who knows where it will lead? There was never any intention to monetize this blog, just … Continue reading »

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No Love in Their Hearts

Some months ago, I was at the kitchen table with my kids and my lovely babes kept uttering such profound messages, I felt it was God speaking through them right then and there. That’s the thing with kids: no filter, … Continue reading »

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Happy Christmas

I love when the world is silent. The roads are almost empty, stores are closed, everyone’s home. It’s a day of burrowing under the blanket, listening to soft music, reading a book or hugging someone you love. It’s a day … Continue reading »

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Wrapping Up a Year – or an Era?

I hate the image circulating on Facebook of the weather forecast with every day at 40-something or 30-something degrees and tomorrow, 12-21-12, at 1250 degrees Fahrenheit and meteors colliding with the Earth. It creeps me out. It scares me. I … Continue reading »

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Work That Matters: Lutheran Social Services of Michigan www.lssm.org

“Knowing that someone loves you is a treasure,” said Sylvia, a demure, sweet 15-year-old girl desperate for a “forever family.” “It is the world.” Sylvia lives with an elderly, ill grandmother and just learned yesterday that she can never see … Continue reading »

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Work That Matters: Josh Tobias (www.irakaufman.com)

I only ever run into my childhood friend Josh Tobias at times of great sadness, when someone has died. Not because we don’t both have families and children and other community involvements. No, it seems that the only time I … Continue reading »

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Let’s Focus on the Good Things

My kids ask me all the time why the news reports only tragedies and scary stuff. I don’t have an answer, I tell them each and every time, but I remind them that the world is full of so much … Continue reading »

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This Unbelievable Life

The intensity of the past few days has been incredible. From the tragedy on Friday which I will not discuss here in this blog to the final, sweet rest of a dear cousin who had suffered far too long, to … Continue reading »

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