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Our Hearts Are with Florida Families

Right this Minute: My good friend Joe just called me from Florida. Joe: “My sadness is almost overwhelming. I don’t know what to do with it.” Me: “I’ll light a candle now, and let’s pray together.” In our mutual silence, I remembered words from a teacher twenty years ago when I couldn’t stop crying about a tragedy: Great sadness. Great …

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How do you turn a rifle into a carrot?

Today, if a 20-year-old had not burst into a small-town classroom, my state of Connecticut would be a happier place. Today, if the young man had not had an assault weapon, 20 sixth-graders and 6 educators would be at this moment celebrating the holidays with their families. Five years later we are still awash in Sandy Hook grief. And the …

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…holidays have you in a tizzy?

11/18/2017 04:31 pm ET Have too many things on your plate these days? I do. After my busy mind woke me at 3 AM, I had a tough time getting back to sleep. Definitely in a tizzy. Webster defines tizzy as “a highly excited and distracted state of mind, origin unknown (1940).” (Makes me wonder…before 1940, did people have fewer …

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How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

photo Paul Bloom So much rage / violence / death / confusion embedded in our past, present, and future. Past: the Burns/Novick series brings the anguish and horrors of Vietnam to our eyes Present: our sisters and brothers die “unneeded” deaths in massive numbers: another mass shooting in the USA…killing, displacement, starvation in Syria, France, Myanmar, Puerto Rico – and …

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Lucky Ol’ Sun – Lucky Us –

Millie Grenough, Contributor Coach, Trainer, Author who helps you find an Oasis in the Overwhelm, whatever it may be Sometimes “not knowing everything” pays off in unexpected ways. Example: As is our routine, Pablo and I chose dates for our hike in the Wyoming Rockies according to best coordination with Nature: After the glaciers melt. Before the snow starts. Bingo! …

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When’s the last time…?

Bruce Plasse On this hot summer day I am savoring pleasures I had as a kid on 42nd Street in Louisville, KY. We did all kinds of things that moved our bodies and activated our brains. And nobody had to plug us in or drive us anywhere. We just did it. Here are some of my favorites: Play Rock Teacher …

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Mother Of All Bombs…

This morning the daffodils in my backyard shout “Happy Passover / Easter — whatever!” So vibrant. So erect. So fleeting… My life, the life of my grandchildren, the life of each person in our world — how fragile, how fleeting. The juxtaposition of last week’s headlines rattles me: chemical warfare / missile strikes palm sunday processions / church bombings passover …

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…How Many Deaths Will It Take…

  On this April day in 2017, dew on the petals in my front yard captures me. How beautiful. How fleeting. How fragile my life – the life of each person – in our world. The juxtaposition of headlines rattles me: chemical warfare / missile strikes palm sunday processions / church bombings passover preparations / hate killings In the middle …

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Does This Baby Iris Know Something I Don’t…?

Millie Grenough When I walked to my sideyard in the middle of last week’s blizzard, a flash of purple stunned me. How in heck can that little flower push up through all this snow? My daughter-in-law phoned me that afternoon. “Millie, I’m worried. The daffodils in our yard just showed their green. I don’t think they heard the weather report. …

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Stressed Out in America — or How NOT to Deal with Stress

Millie Grenough “Stressed Out in America” shouted the New Haven Register front page. Reporter Ed Stannard cited stats showing that the level of anxiety is increasing: “Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans,” according to the American Psychological Association’s report Stress in America™: Coping with Change. …

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