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Hope is Where the Heart is

Hope is Where the Heart is

I was sitting in my little studio guest house, weeding thru the jungle of emotional land mines after my husband left and feeling the raw pain of rebuilding my life, when the phone rang... My sister said, "Someone opened fire at an elementary school in Connecticut,...

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A Place Where Healing Lives

A Place Where Healing Lives

I recently went to the Cirque du Soleil show, Love, for my cousins birthday.  I was inspired by the stunning performances, costumes, music and overall message that the powerful four-letter word represents. The simultaneous action and emotion happening on stage...

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In Gratitude of You

In Gratitude of You

During this Thanksgiving Holiday, I'm reflective of the gift you are to me. The gratitude I feel for you reading my words, sharing your comments and connecting to the bigger vision of moving beyond pain, is inspiring to me. It takes courage to step beyond suffering...

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The Secret of Change

The Secret of Change

Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."  Fighting the old leaves us distracted and keeps us stuck without options to move beyond pain and suffering.  Building the new makes space to let love...

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Child Prodigy or Divorce Anthology?

Child Prodigy or Divorce Anthology?

Unexpected moments that reconnect me to the cornerstones of what matter, are the delicious moments I truly live for. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of rebuilding life after loss. The seemingly endless focus of basic needs for food, clothing, shelter,...

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How Hemingway and Angelou Got Me Out of My Kitchen

How Hemingway and Angelou Got Me Out of My Kitchen

When I have a moment on my own, I secretly enjoy an occasional greasy diner breakfast. I go to have black coffee, poached eggs, hash browns crispy, with a side of wheat toast. And... I want to go incognito, plus connect with the warm and friendly staff.  Mostly, I...

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I’ll have the Miracle with a side of Possibility

I’ll have the Miracle with a side of Possibility

Blessings show up in the strangest places, and I was delivered an unexpected one at a drive-thru Starbucks a few weeks back. It started as a series of events that I'm grateful I was in line for. I was driving along, feeling happy and fulfilled while on the phone with...

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How to Thrive and Survive Your Divorce

How to Thrive and Survive Your Divorce

It's easy to fall prey and never recover on the low road through divorce. However, taking the higher road of forgiveness, resilience and grace, yields more benefit in the long run. Today's French Woman Camping episode of Fireside Friday is with special guest, Kelly...

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Who is the Cocktail of This Party?

Who is the Cocktail of This Party?

A lot of epiphany moments come to me in the shower or the car.  Not necessarily the most glamorous, but definitely the most effective. I saw myself talking to someone as if my ex-husband and I were at a cocktail party and how it would feel to introduce him.  I'd say,...

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Mother & Daughter Crossing

Mother & Daughter Crossing

I’d like to introduce to you one of my vulnerabilities...  My eight year old daughter, Simone.  Aside from the fact that children are resilient and don’t have the same build-up of defeat as adults do; she is here to stamp her mark on the world, regardless of the...

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How Nature Will Nurture Your Soul Back to Life

How Nature Will Nurture Your Soul Back to Life

Want to find more peace and comfort during the chaos?  My latest video will give you a birds-eye view into how it's possible.  Hint:  Step outside and see the wonders of your world.  If you like what you see, make sure to leave a comment or share...

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1970’s Road Tripping

1970’s Road Tripping

Ever since I was a child, camping has occupied a special place in my heart. It’s because I felt that was a time when my family was whole, centered and connected.  It was my dreamy picture of gathering together, warmed by a campfire, happy and fulfilled.  The reality:...

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How to Be a Master Over Your Emotional Disaster

How to Be a Master Over Your Emotional Disaster

I had an impulse to count all the milestones of loss I’ve endured, like a numerology parlor game, and discovered my hardship number added to “1.” From a spiritual perspective, one is considered the number of primal force and creation. Interestingly, it shed light on what I already knew-

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The Simple Gestures

The Simple Gestures

I was on my way to drop off another load of donations I cleared out while simplifying all the “stuff” I have from my marriage and was reminded of George Carlin’s reference to our “stuff.”  He says, “Hey man, move your s*%t, so I can put down my stuff.”  Life viewed...

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Daggers Anyone?

Daggers Anyone?

When I got married I didn’t know what my better and what my worse would be.  A lot of us who didn’t make it in marriage are in a club we don't want to be a member of. That being said, I was sharing at a seminar for celebrating Women and Worth, when a woman came up to...

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Single Mom Setback or Solution?

Single Mom Setback or Solution?

When I was temporarily out of cash and faced with $20.00 in my checking account, I wondered how I would buy food for my daughter and I until my next paycheck.  Thankfully, I have never been faced with the challenge for very long and my former husband is maintaining...

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Walk Softly and Carry a Big Mirror

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Mirror

Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone blaming you for the way their life is not working?  My first reaction is to fight back and get defensive.  However, when I remember to take a moment and not step into the drama, it allows me to stay neutral and hold...

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I Haven’t Always Had My Sexy Goin On

I Haven’t Always Had My Sexy Goin On

 It may seem like I got my sexy goin on, but it hasn’t always been like that.  In fact, this photo shows one of my lowest moments.  For some reason I felt the urge to take a picture of myself so I’d remember the depths I came from.  It’s similar to the urge of crying...

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