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Caregivers Self-Care: FREE Booklet

Here is a FREE booklet on self-care that you're welcome to view, study, download -- create your own self-care plan!

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Book Review: My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes

As part of my series of self-care, I'm reviewing this book: My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. A Journey Through Loss with Art and Color. by Roger Hutchison, Brewster, MA Paraclete Press, 2017. (NOTE: Paraclete Press sent me this book in return for an honest review.) My Favorite Color is...

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Short-listed for Sarton Women's Book Award

I'm happy to announce that my book - "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir" - is shortlisted in the Memoir Category for the SARTON WOMEN'S BOOK AWARD. Here's a link to the announcement page. Winners will be announced at the end of March, 2018. Purchase a signed copy of "Nowhere Else I Want...

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Caregivers' Self-Care: Post #3

This is the third post in a series about self-care for caregivers. In the previous post, I suggested you think about, then journal about or discuss these questions: 1. Remembering a time when you felt burned-out, note how your body felt. (Be specific, i.e., upset stomach, headaches, etc) 2....

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Caregivers Self-Care - Post #2

(NOTE: In mid-December, I announced the start of a new marketing and content campaign that I called Caring for the Caregivers. I've discovered an online nonprofit with that very name, so I'm changing the name of this blog series to Caregivers' Self-Care.) I wrote this in the December 15...

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Caring for the Caregivers

We all know them: people (women, mostly) who are so busy taking care of other people they don't take care of themselves. Mothers are the classic example for those of us who have been blessed with caring mothers. I'm thinking a lot about this topic these days while I begin a major marketing...

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Dismissing the Other

There is a lot of evidence from surveys and studies to tell us that members of minorities regularly face a kind of subtle discrimination that is difficult to name but deeply felt. Recently, I was party to an interaction that forcibly brought home to me how this happens, what it looks like, and...

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Interview on "More to the Story" Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Janna Marlies Maron, editor of the literary journal, Under the Gum Tree, and creator of the podcast More to the Story. The interview was about the writing of my recently published book, Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir. Here's the link to the interview, in...

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Book Recommendation: All Creation Waits

I believe in and practice an inclusive spirituality. Raised Christian, I have gradually deepened and changed my spiritual practice in ways that keep to many Christian basics, and include practices and beliefs from Buddhism and Native American Spirituality. I can recommend this book that is...

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What About Awareness?

What do you think awareness is? Is it knowing what's around you? Is it knowing what's inside you? Perhaps awareness has more to do with what is intuitive and reflective in our minds and hearts. Here is a virtual booklet I created for FORUM FOR GROWTH IN SERVICE with a meditative take on...

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