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2021 honor love Jan 22, 2021

Words Matter

I listened with rapt attention to young Amanda Gorman recite her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of Joe Biden. I was astonished how her words, placed together in unexpected arrangements, so deeply moved me, like the notes of a melody that touches my heart. Her last stanza says:

“…When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it”

For there is always Light. There is also always Love, but only, if ONLY we are brave enough to see it and to BE the Light and the Love.

There are many who are giddy with excitement about the new president and our first woman vice president. I often wondered if I would live long enough to witness a woman in such a high position. There are also many who are horrified and disgusted with the same result. Then there are those who took their outrage to...

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Very Simply, With Hope

Hi everyone,

Well, 2021 hasn't' started out quite as we hoped has it? Just last week I wrote to you these words:

"My commitment to 2021 is to focus on gratitude and compassion, of lifting people up to see their own beauty within and the beauty in others. The time is now for each of us to do our part to inspire another. Whether that is with the simplicity of a smile or a listening ear or a grand gesture of thanks, each action toward that end makes a difference. May 2021 be the year we all find relief and recover, together."

I stand by that commitment and as a way of offering some inspiration, I want to share with you a portion of the poem "The Rock Cries Out To You This Morning" by Maya Angelo. It comforted me this morning and I hope it will do the same for you.

"...Here, root yourselves beside me.

I am the tree planted by the river, Which will not be moved.

I, the rock, I the river, I the tree I am yours--your passages have been paid.

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need...

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Together 2021

recover relief together Jan 02, 2021

As we close-out 2020, I am thinking of you. This year I’ve been reminded just how much we need one another. We are all connected. The stripping away of normal life in 2020 has brought with it a multitude of realizations and appreciation around what’s most important. Our health, our relationships, and the interdependence we have on one another. As we look ahead to a clean start in 2021, I’m carrying with me the raw, real, reality that became so clear in 2020 our connections to one another are sacred

 

My mission remains unchanged to uplift, encourage, and empower people to live life fully with freedom, growth, and joy. In 2021 I will double down on that mission

 

We human beings are more alike than different. Our commonalities lie in our love and grief, and our joy and sorrow that people of all walks of life feel. Humans across the globe can relate to those emotions regardless of language, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, or political persuasion....

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Hospice Master Class Membership Responds to Covid19

Many of my Hospice clients are experiencing staff shortages due to Covid19. Older nurses are retiring and some staff are leaving healthcare completely.  Hiring new managers and staff without hospice experience or moving existing staff into new leadership positions is normal at the time of crisis.

Finding new ways to regularly support new managers/leaders into being great hospice leaders takes time and focused intention. Now more than every newer manager and seasoned ones too can benefit from my yearlong Hospice Master Class Membership training. A new class starts in January 2021 with live virtual training each month along with worksheets and special bonuses. 

Here is some feedback from this year’s class:

  • I believe your insight in not only the hospice arena but leadership has been a great benefit to my personal development.  Your active engagement of the participants has been priceless especially for what we have gone through the past year.  The...
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Be the Light

Be the Light

12/12/20

December is a month of beauty and celebration and reflection and exhaustion. People in the working world are rushing to finish year-end projects, budgets, and goals. Analyzing what went right and what went wrong during the past 12 months while focusing on what to expect in the coming year. Between the major holidays and cultural expectations, we pack an unrealistic amount of “To Do’s” into this 1 month. December has a lot of pressure on its shoulders!

This year December has a frightening new challenge. In addition to all the usual December pressures and delights, now we must consider what to do about gifting and gathering during the most alarming time in modern US history: Covid19.

This year why don’t we take advantage of the stay at home recommendations, put on the holiday music, don our best sweat pants and holiday sweaters, light a candle or 8, make cookies and eat them ourselves, write love notes to everyone we know and give...

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Thanks. Giving.

Thanks. Giving.

 

It’s November and Thanksgiving is but a blink away. This is my favorite holiday because it’s focused on generosity, gathering with people we love, and eating food from recipes handed down by generations.  "We Gather Together" the Christian hymn of Dutch origin is my go-to Thanksgiving song.

 

My early memories of Thanksgiving are of the smells coming from my grandmother’s kitchen. Turkey roasting in the oven next to the homemade Icebox rolls, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and the oyster dressing she made just for my dad. And it wouldn’t have been Thanksgiving without my grandpa’s “Best Yet” cranberry salad. My great grandmother Mayme (grandpa’s mother) would always exclaim, “Elmer, that cranberry salad is the best yet!” And hence the name stuck! I have grandpa’s original recipe card in his own handwriting, and now Tori, his great-granddaughter has a copy.

 My mom and Tori with the...

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The Best and Worst of Times

focus hope wholeness Nov 06, 2020

THE BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

 

Here we are, the first week of November 2020, and we have broken two all-time highs: 

  • more American's voted in this Presidential election than ever before in the history of our nation and 
  • COVID19 cases frighteningly hit all-time highs this week, higher than any time since the pandemic began only nine months ago

 

To say these are challenging times is a gross understatement. I am reminded of the historical novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859), by Charles Dickens.

 

"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…". 

 

And now, 160 years later, we still facing similar dilemmas. Half of us say it is a season of Light, and half of us say it is a season of Darkness....

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Fear and Faith

faith strength Oct 10, 2020

Fear and Faith.

 

This week I have had enough. Enough of Covid19, enough of soul-numbing politics, enough of horrific wildfires, and hurricanes, and enough of isolation from friends and family. Enough already 2020, I’ve had enough of you!  The feeling of frustration had seeped into me like the smoke of the wildfires seeps into everything.  

 

Finally, I stopped and faced my fears and took control of my emotions. Instead of watching the news I went back to my morning routine of meditation, walking, inspirational readings, and having faith that the world will continue to spin, and the sun will continue to rise.

 

I have learned the more I face my fears and keep moving forward, taking action in harmony with my values and integrity, I emerge stronger.

 

Fear is normal.  Fear is helpful.  Fear is an emotion that says “Hey! Take notice of this, something’s up!”.  Don’t ignore fear…Ask “what are...

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Perspective

leadership perspective rbg Sep 25, 2020

PERSPECTIVE

 

The Notorious RBG is being laid to rest today. Regardless of politics, her spirit was/is luminous. She said her legacy was “to make life a little better for people less fortunate” than she.

 

What she did for my generation of women and future generations of us all was monumental. About 10 years ago, I was in the Delta sky club at Kennedy International airport, tired and looking forward to going home, I had found a distant and quiet place from the crowd to sit alone. I noticed several secret service-type people coming to my corner looking around and I thought “somebody important is going to show up soon”. Then, this tiny woman slowly walks in as if she had the weight of the world on her shoulders and stands by the window with 2-3 other younger women. 

 

I recognized Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg right away and was star struck. Throwing caution to the wind, I got the nerve to ask one of the women if I could speak with her, and to...

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The Power of Thank You

The Power of Thank You

 

Summer of 2020 is behind us, loneliness still abounds, and I continue to miss our friends and family in spite of technology that is meant to keep us connected. Today I was reading a story of volunteers who write letters to people living in nursing homes isolated from their loved ones and to doctors and nurses on the front lines. Their simple acts of kindness made me feel encouraged and hopeful.

 

That story took me back to the home of my friend and mentor Laura Carmichael. Her desk was always filled with note cards, rolls of stamps and a sharp set of sheers, a City Directory (this is an old-timey book of names and addresses of everyone who lived in the city), a telephone book (another old-timey artifact that had phone numbers and addresses), and her coveted address book. For more than 60 years Mrs. Carmichael would clip pictures of the brides from the Sunday paper (remember those?!) and mail the copy with a congratulatory note to the bride and her...

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