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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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Grand Prize Winner!

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Lots of us think we're good listeners ... but we're not.

Many of us love to converse, discuss, argue a point - and we're really good at it. But are we good at getting our point across to the detriment of simply listening? Here's a quick reference for improving listening skills: Would you like a copy of this graphic? Use the Contact Us button at...

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Two 5-Star Reviews from Readers' Favorite

Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir by Carol D Marsh is an inspiring memoir that redefines the sense of humanity in a world where human values are quickly replaced by an egoistic culture. In this spellbinding memoir, the founder of Miriam’s House — a residence for Washington, DC’s homeless women...

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It's Not Enough Just to Show up

I was the keynote speaker Monday at the annual volunteer celebration event for ALIVE! in Alexandria Virginia, and want to share with you something of what I said. [From the Summer 2017 ALIVE! newsletter:] “When our neighbors are lacking the most basic necessities of life – food, housing,...

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