Embracing Change

Uncategorized Aug 21, 2013

Yes, change can be a really good thing for us all. Making the change can be the challenge. Is the challenge worth the payoff? YOU BET!
My dear friend Sasha has been through the ringer so to speak and has finally made the decision to pursue finding another job. She enjoys her career and is quiet well respected in her business–by everyone but her boss. For at least a year Sasha has been telling me of instances at work where her superior is doing his best to make things difficult for her. She has a wonderful work ethic, is very on top of her game, and it’s clear he is uncomfortable with that. After many tears, Sasha has decided it is time to look into other options. Over the past few years my friend has been recruited by other businesses, but always stayed faithful to her company. Let’s face it, there is comfort in what we know, right? Sometimes it seems easier to stay in any relationship- not just work. But in truth -how true are we being to ourselves by staying in a...

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Spreadhappy’s Books and Apps of Interest

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2013

Often I find gems in my inbox. People send me books, blurbs and blogs of all sorts, and I am happy to pass on the good stuff! Meet Warren Cassell Jr, fourteen year old author of The Farm of Wisdom, available on Amazon. Don’t let his age fool you. Here is a description of his book.

Can one turn to nature for answers in today’s world where so many are losing hope? Teenage serial entrepreneur, Warren Cassell, is confident that listening to the sounds of nature can solve many of today’s problems. In The Farm of Wisdom, Warren shares twenty-­five life lessons that will ignite in you a flame of wisdom. With the help of a fictional farm and whimsical farm animals, Warren teaches that pigs, cows and even ants can teach us lessons. Through these unforgettable tales, we learn that despite formal schooling, life’s critical lessons can be learnt within our own space. You will never think of a farm in the same manner again.


I have read though many of his chapters....

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Exploring Passion

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2013

I have been fortunate to study with author and teacher Mark Matousek http://www.markmatousek.com/. I first met Mark in the fall of 2012 at the Omega Institute. My dear friend Michelle asked me to join her for the weekend, and we both signed up for the class that interested us. Originally, I inquired about a class on public speaking, but the class was full. I knew that meant I didn’t need the coaching in that area. There was another reason I was going to Omega. I read through the other classes offered on the weekend of our trip, and was quite engaged with the course “ The Untold Story” by Mark Matousek. It was a writing course, and I figured it was about time I learned more about writing since I was spending so much time doing it. About a week before I took the class, life confirmed the writing course was the right choice. I had just been notified that my blog had made the “top 100 self help blog” list by the prestigious Institute of the Psychology of...

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A Letter to My Daughter

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2013

This is a letter I sent to my daughter today. She is nine years old and she has been at overnight camp for three weeks. It is a love letter. It is un-edited.
Hi Lil T-Bone! I love you! I had the best day with you, my little angel. I am so proud of you. You are such a joy to be with. You are so mature and elegant, kind and wise, and you have a beautiful calm-ness about you. I hope this makes sense to you. I am saying how much I admire you. I am so proud and grateful to be your mom. Thank you for choosing me. I learn so much from you, and I see such tremendous growth in the little time we have spent apart. It takes a lot of courage to go to overnight camp at nine years old, and you my darling are courageous! I hope you have an idea of how proud I am to be your mom. You are such a delight. You are kind and generous and lovely, and I am so lucky to have you. You are so very special and just when I think I can’t possibly love you more than I already do…I love you more! I...

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While Our Daughter is at Summer Camp

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2013

It’s been a week since my daughter left for overnight camp. We have received one letter addressed to “MOM”. Luckily the postman knows I am mom, and where I live. As sad as I was to see my daughter leave for camp for seven weeks, my anxiety was much worse than my actual experience. My daughter is having the time of her life. We see pictures every night. She is doing things she would never be doing at home, with a wonderful group of spirited kids. She is playing tennis, rock climbing, zip-lining, participating in team sports, swimming, fishing, water skiing. Our daughter is having the time of her life with her peers,  bonding and growing. My husband and I are so thrilled for her happiness and this tremendous opportunity. We decided we should have a lot of fun as well.

While she is at camp, we decided we should take advantage of this time, and fill our days with activities we now have the opportunity to experience with out the worry of a babysitter or a time...

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A Thank You for Talia

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2013

I am back from a wonderful week in the French countryside with author, Mark Matousek and a very special group of writers. WOW!! Trying to put the experience into words is hard to describe. I felt serenity while in the company of this group. We bared our souls, some stories heart-wrenching, some just unfolding. Somehow the most prevalent theme for me in all of this deep work was peace, calm and a stillness. I don’t experience this complete state of being very often. My wish for myself is that I bring this feeling home with me and incorporate it into my daily life.

the picture my daughter drew that sits in my kitchen


I realized the theme is all around me. In fact, it’s literally in my house. Suddenly things I did not notice before stood out. One picture in particular that I have in my kitchen blew me away. My daughter drew it a few months ago, and I thought it was beautiful…but I suddenly noticed the words she had written in pencil at eight years old across the...

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The Writer’s Retreat, Day 2 Gindou, France

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2013

The smell of a home cooked meal seeps through the doorway of my room as I catch up on the activities of the day. Mike and Susie, the owners of le perchoir des paons (www.leperchoirdespaons.com) are indeed cooking something delightful. I can’t wait to find out what delicious French goodies await us this evening.
We began the day with a light breakfast of homemade bread and jams, fruits and yogurts…just enough to prepare for our morning meditation and writing inquiry. Mark asked us to explore our intention for being at the retreat…a question I loved! I shared that part of the beauty I have discovered in treating myself to a week of inquiry, is that I never really know exactly why I am here. What I think I am here to learn and what I actually discover have consistently been two different things, and I have come to love the surprise at the end of the course. I acknowledge my desire to let my inner guidance be my outer compass on a more regular basis. Isn’t...

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The Writer’s Retreat in Gindou, France

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2013

view from the picnic table where I write in Gindou, France

This is the spot from which I write today. It’s been quite an amazing 30 or so hours. Let me share with you how it began…Just a day ago I headed to the juice bar for a healthy green cocktail. I had been a bit under the weather, and a lovely young man made a few specialty concoctions for me. Medicine Man…green goddess..and ginger something…They were delicious! But the best part of the experience was when I asked the concoction creator his name so I could properly thank him. His name was Paris. ‘You’re joking’ I said…for that is where I am heading off to later today…a bit of foreshadowing. Just a bit. I knew that was a sign of good times ahead. The rest of the day went smoothly…a nice ride to Miami International, a comfortable seat with extra leg room…and as I headed to the lavatory on the top side of this double decker flight to Paris, I heard my name...

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The Love of Childhood Friendships

Uncategorized Jun 05, 2013

Just last week I had the extreme pleasure of attending my oldest friend’s wedding. We met when we were three in Ms. Sue’s dance class in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center in Broomall, Pennsylvania. My family and I flew up from Florida to attend. It was glorious!
There are a few things I noticed about this wedding. Being that the bride and groom are in their forties, the wedding had a magnificent maturity about it. It felt very real, humble, and peaceful. Their vows were spoken through the mouths of experience and willingness. Their smiles and tears reflected the deep love they understand and the wisdom they share. I forgot to bring tissues to the ceremony. Luckily my old dear friend Heather was close by with a batch…she knows me well.
As lovely as the ceremony was, my experience with my old high school pals was the icing on this Divine cake. The evening before the wedding, a group of us gathered with our spouses for a celebratory dinner. This group which now...

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What Do You Believe?

Uncategorized May 09, 2013

What is it that you believe? Do you choose to base your thinking on your perception of past experience, or reality? Yesterday my husband and I had lunch with a friend who we have known for a few years. He is a super nice guy with a very big heart. He works very hard, is extremely devoted to his own health and the heath and wellness of others. In fact, his business is in the field of fitness. We love him dearly. He is just a really good person. I have noticed over the years that his perception of life and situations is skewed very differently than mine. He tends to view things in a particular way that support his ‘story’ in life. When I spend time with him, I realize how amazing it is that many of us can experience the same situation, and perceive it very differently. We make up scenarios in our mind to support the way we see life. For instance, I may interpret a delayed return phone call as busy…life…and not give it much thought. My friend may read into and...

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