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Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional

Pain can be exhausting! I just got back from Yosemite National Park, a trip I have been looking forward to for over a year. It was very hot, over 105° every day. And very dry, and the last day there we smelled smoke from nearby fires. All of that made the

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Living with Gratitude
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Living with Gratitude

I was looking back over some things I had written a few years ago, and I came across something I wrote that started out with anxiety about turning 61. This year I will turn 68! That puts 70 right around the corner. I was talking to a friend yesterday who is

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Aging

Failing to plan, is planning to fail

As I sit here in my office, I glance at my bookcase and there are so many books that I have used in my coaching practice and in this stage of my life. Titles like: Transitions and Managing Transitions; Retirement by Design, The Joy of Retirement, Smart Women Don’t Retire –

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Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You

It is 7:30 in the morning. You are rushing to get the kids in the car, so you can get them to daycare, and you can get to work on time. Your three-year old still needs her shoes and jacket on. As you are trying to help her with her shoes,

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Virtual Possibilities

Things have changed so much since we were born, and they are changing faster all the time. Remember how our parents used to tell us they walked to school, uphill, both ways? We tell our grandchildren that we only had 3 TV channels and they were not on the air 24hours

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Chose Not to Grow Old
Aging

Chose Not to Grow Old

The phrase “Don’t trust anyone over 30” was coined back in the 60’s during the Free Speech Movement at UC-Berkley.  It became a rallying cry for a while.  And then suddenly, we were over 30. And then we were over 40, over 50, over 60… Yet in many ways, we do

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Birthday Pancakes

Growing up we had family traditions.  Every Sunday my Dad and my brother, sister and I would ride our bikes to the Pancake House while we let my Mom sleep.  We used to go to Dressel’s Dairy for ice cream cones to celebrate special occasions. We lit Chanukah candles and played

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Aging

FEAR is a 4-Letter Word

I was a guest on a show last week, and someone asked, “Why do Baby Boomers seem to be so fearful?” That question surprised me because I had not looked at myself that way. I am a Boomer. I have taken a lot of risks in my life, starting with leaving

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Aging

I am not what you think I am

I just started reading a book called Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty. The very first chapter is about Identity. He opens that chapter with a quote from sociologist Charles Horton Cooley that says, “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I

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The Responsibility of Caring

Many years ago, I read a book by Robert Fulghum called “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” You may have read it also. It is a precious book, and there is a 25th edition out with new essays. As I thought about what we learned from our

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