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Does it take a tragedy to make people behave better?

Not a scene from Washington - at least not yet!

Does it take a tragedy like the Tucson shootings to make people start behaving better?  It’s been so discouraging recently seeing our elected officials acting like petulant children in Congress, stomping their feet (and holding news conferences) whenever they don’t get their way, and resorting to name-calling worse than any playground in America. It’s as though they don’t want to REALLY solve problems but merely stonewall their opponents.  What about coming together for the greater good?  Apparently until recently that cause was long forgotten.  But maybe, now – after the horrible tragedy in Tucson we have an opportunity.

I came across this meditation/prayer again via Mimi Doe and her Spiritual Parenting Newsletter.  Imagine if we said it once a day for 30 days – I wonder what would happen?  I wonder how we’d feel?  I wonder if we, collectively, could help with changing the whole nasty vibe that …

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Aftermath of a Crisis

“I don’t love you anymore

I don’t think I ever did…”

–  from Eurythmics “Don’t Ask Me Why”

I have always loved that part in the Eurythmics song that got massive airplay back in the 90’s on radio stations everywhere.   It was such an “in your face” kind of comment, the type someone who is REALLY hurting says, and I had been that person really hurting from a relationship that had crashed and burned, so yeah, I felt I could relate.  Annie Lennox always sang it so well, with just the right amount of emotion and scorn, as only a person who had really experienced it could do.  I remember feeling as if she and I were soul sisters of sorts, honorary members of the same club.

Those two lines popped in my head again as I read “This is Not the Story You Think It Is” – a novel written by a mom of 2 that I …

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Sum Up Your Motto in 10 Words or Less

This Zen Mama Wannabe is always on the lookout for a tag line or phrase that sums up how I feel about life.  It is like when you see a bumper sticker and think, “Yes! That’s it – that is how I feel.”  It doesn’t happen to me that often, as it is actually much harder than you think to summarize one’s views on life in 10 words or less.  But when it does, I feel as though I have a new mantra to focus on, especially on those days when I need a good pep talk reminder of the blessings around me.

Last night, I was flipping through the Sundance Catalogue and discovered this beautiful sterling silver key chain.  The message on it struck me as so profound – I immediately wished I could order up a whole batch of these and give them to each of my dearest girlfriends to be a daily reminder that life is …

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