I failed to fail (it’s not the easiest thing to do)

I am on a fitness plan. It’s been two weeks. I did not undertake this on my own, you should know. This is my friend Spanish Girl’s fault. Her gym ran a promotional where members bring in a friend and you compete for 21 days as a team against other member/guest pairs. Whoever loses the […]

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A mini-manifesto on enthusiasm and aging

Are you enthusiastic or pessimistic about new things? I consider myself a pretty enthusiastic person, but I had a wakeup call on this recently when I read a post by Gretchen Rubin that said something like, “I’m really excited about the technology for automated cars!”  My first thought was, “Wow-I’m not excited about that at […]

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Thank you U2

Have you listened to the new U2 Album yet? It blew me away. I was so inspired… -by the concept (this album is called Songs of Innocence, and will be followed by Songs of Experience. I mean, they might as well be called “Titles I want to steal for future books…”). -the tribute to Joey Ramone […]

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Capacity

I didn’t know I was looking for an extra bit of inspiration this morning. But then I saw these videos about the creation of Seed, a justice-based restaurant in Honolulu…and here I am, inspired :) I love this quote from my friend Sonya Seng, general manager of the Seed: “We all have the capacity to […]

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Something that stands out to me as I watch US Open tennis is an attitude difference between the veteran players and the up & comers. The veterans lavishly compliment their opponents after a win, and even more so after a loss. They give credit where credit is due (and sometimes even where it isn’t.)  I […]

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In Praise of Going For It

My obsession with US Open Tennis continues.  Last night Chris Evert’s comments about a few American up & comers who are on the down & out (Sloane Stephens in particular) stuck with me. She said: “Sometimes it seems like they’re afraid to put it all out there…to let it matter to them whether they win […]

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A Wedding, A Funeral

On Saturday, Super-G & I had front row seats as our friend re-married her husband. They’d been divorced for enough years that this qualified as a miracle. It was a break-out-the-tissues moment, and I spent the entire ceremony trying to pick my jaw up out of my lap. Because even though I knew they were […]

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Life and Death

I read the news of Robin Williams’ death last night about five minutes after Steve went to the hospital to see our friend George, who’d just been told he has only a brief time left to live. News like this reaches my head long before my heart and so I’ve been thinking a lot about […]

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What Motivates You: Calling or Ego?

I found this gem of an article in the March 2014 issue of Inc. Magazine.  I wish it were an entire book – there’s much to consider here. But narrowing it down to three basic distinctions isn’t a bad place to start. I’m taking some of this verbatim from columnist Shelley Prevost – these are […]

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Yes, but/So what?

I’m living in tension today. Actually, we all are, but sometimes it’s more noticeable than others.  Here’s the deal: On the one hand: friends I love are posting blogs about the times when it looks like God does not come through. How hard that is, and how weird. When God doesn’t sell your house in time […]

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