Archive for October, 2013

No One Ever Asks

Here is an excerpt from our new book – Someone To Tell It To: Stories of Hope, Joy, Compassion and Grace. One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.      — Rebecca Falls “No one ever takes the time to ask me what I’m […]

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It’s Not a Weakness; it’s Just Different

A few weeks ago we attended a seminar with keynote speaker David P. Reinhardt.  Reinhardt’s’ presentation was entitled: Arctic Insights: Learning from the Pack about Leadership and Life!   He has a deep love for Alaskan husky dogs and Alaska itself.  He has traveled in the state extensively and has participated in the classic annual Alaskan […]

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Doorways

Learn as if you were going to live forever, live as if you were going to die tomorrow.      Gandhi When she received the diagnosis it wasn’t good.  Lung cancer.  It left her with little hope.  Her life was going to end.  So, she went about the business of saying “goodbye”.  There were people she […]

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Just Swim in Your Own Lane

I earned a 32 on my first physics midterm.  My parents urged me to switch majors … I trudged up Science Hill to ask my professor, Michael Zeller, to sign my withdrawal slip … ‘Why?’ he asked.  He received D’s in two of his physics courses.  Not on the midterms – but in the courses.  […]

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I Did What I Had To Do

Yes there were times I’m sure you knew When I bit off more than I could chew But through it all when there was doubt I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all And I stood tall and did it my way I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried I’ve had my […]

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Road Rage

When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.      Fred Rogers One morning last week I (Tom) […]

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The Power of a Touch

  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.      Leo Buscaglia   I just miss getting a hug. Softly, hesitantly, in the middle of the […]

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“My Birds”

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.      Joseph Campbell   It’s complicated, she exclaimed many times as we talked.  It’s complicated, crazy and sometimes I just can’t believe it’s happening to me.   She had laid it out:  The surgery following an accident.  The long hospital […]

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