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Looking Forward, Moving Back

Looking Forward, Moving Back

~ Guest Writer, JEANNE LAPORTE ~ I decided to walk the neighborhood where I grew up to get my steps in today. As I made my way down my parents’ front porch, I was overcome with gratitude, grateful that they are still alive and in our family home, I walked onto the...
Confessions of a Helicopter Daughter

Confessions of a Helicopter Daughter

~ Guest Writer, ELIN HAMPTON ~ My father called me a helicopter daughter. Okay, it wasn’t to my face, but word gets around. Helicopter-anything is never a positive thing. I took such pride in launching my three kids into the world without the sin of over-parenting....
8 Tips for World Peace

8 Tips for World Peace

~ Guest Writer, Elvira G. Aletta, Ph.D ~ Growing up, I thought there were two states of being in a relationship. War or Peace. My parents, dear, flawed role models that they were, appeared to have that kind of relationship. From a kid’s point of view, they...
Making Peace With Your Body

Making Peace With Your Body

~ Guest Writer, Niki Svara ~ A true feeling of peace doesn’t come from the absence of things you don’t like. It comes from the absence of judgment toward the things you don’t like. See where I’m going with this? Love, your body Excerpt from Piece Talks: Messages of...
Where There’s A Will…

Where There’s A Will…

~ Guest Writer, Natalie Soriano ~ I have let money determine my self-worth, I’ve given my power to it, and I’ve even been angry at it. I’ve pushed it away, longed for it, and despised it. I’ve dumped a lot of heavy emotions on a piece of paper. Money never did...
The Writers Room

The Writers Room

~ Guest Writer, Grace Holtzclaw ~ I grew up on the American Dream… … of picking up hitchhiker Jack Keroauc on the road and speeding down the highway to Las Vegas with Hunter S. Thompson. When I think about the canon of American authors who are represented...
Freedom To Fly

Freedom To Fly

~ Guest Writer, Julia Rael ~ Everyone’s lives are filled with milestones. From the day we enter this world to the day we leave it, we constantly cross thresholds that represent starting a new chapter in our lives. Around this time of year, my mind begins dwelling on...
The Freedom of No

The Freedom of No

~ Guest Writer, Elvira G. Aletta, Ph.D ~ One of the first words we learn as infants is no. If we do our job right, growing up we use no to set boundaries. The toddler’s no translation would look like this: “Excuse me, madame, but when you insist that I share my toys...
Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons

~ Guest Writer, Bernie Shine ~ Over the decades I have given thought to what has always drawn me to the ancient art of magic and what life lessons I have learned from it. I feel some of these lessons are transformative to have relevance in everyone’s life. I have been...
Wally

Wally

~ Guest Writer, Andy Lerner ~ I think Wally has taught me…  …more about being a man than anyone in my life. That might have been a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is clear. Wally and I go back about 12 years. Was it love at first sight? Well, for me it was. We...
Silk Purse of Sadness

Silk Purse of Sadness

~ Guest Writer, David Steven Simon ~ I carry a quiet, secret silk purse of sadness wherever I go. It’s tucked discreetly into the pocket of my vest of memory and I am calmed by both its weight and terrified by its accessibility. Its contents contain no currency.  Not...
Man Up

Man Up

~ Guest Writer, Julia Rael ~ What does the phrase “Man Up” mean to you? To some, it might bring inspiration – the drive to keep going when things seem tough. To others, the phrase might represent a misogynist point of view. As though the only way to be strong is...
Living on The Left Coast

Living on The Left Coast

~ Guest Writer, Stephen Bock ~ Living on the Left Coast means that most of my trips begin early in the morning. That’s when the first flights roar into the skies over a sleepy Santa Monica Bay, climb above the marine layer that covers the Los Angeles basin on so...
How We Rise

How We Rise

~ Guest Writer, Julia Rael ~ Inspiring Women’s Empowerment Since the birth of the United States, women have had to compromise their careers, their families, and their dreams in order to be taken seriously in the professional world. The world will never know how...
Barely Fed

Barely Fed

~ Guest Writer, Liz McGlinchey King ~ “Please help me,” I heard her say. She stood by the supermarket exit and held a cardboard sign with jagged edges, torn by hand. In her arms was a sleeping toddler, the mother’s bare nipple exposed near the baby’s...
Diving

Diving

~ Guest Writer, Sarah Sturgis ~ Long before I was born my mom was swimming in La Jolla. She was so confident in those waves. She ignored the red flag, even though experienced swimmers kept heading for the shore, knowing the riptides were violent. At one point,...
First Impressions and Second Chances

First Impressions and Second Chances

~ Guest Writer, Julia Rael ~ What Boba Taught Me About Forgiveness Life is full of firsts. The first time I drove a car was a monumental day in my life. The first time I went to a job interview was traumatizing and exciting. And the first time I tried surfing was an...
The Ostrich

The Ostrich

~ Guest Writer, Kathlene Mc Govern ~ That one weird ostrich on a delightful little chicken farm  A couple years ago I went back to college so I can say without equivocation nothing will make you feel more ancient than your lab partner skateboarding by you in a tube...
Waves of Change

Waves of Change

~ Guest Writer, M. Eileen Hickey ~ A fresh start often follows in the misshapen footsteps of an ending. Beginnings and endings can be fraught with a frothy mess of emotion. Waves of grief, sadness, and hopelessness wash ashore. Then towering waves of...

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