Random Thoughts

First World Problems: “Ash to Flash”

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Before going one step further here, I’d like to ask you to keep in mind the Ship of Theseus theory as you read. The Ship of Theseus, or Theseus’s paradox, raises the question of whether an object that has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the […]

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The Window Seat

Greetings from California! I’ll be visiting here for the next two weeks. Instead of flying back and forth across the country willy-nilly, I prefer to make one big trip of things like this, and pack in as much in as possible. You’ll be hearing more about my trip as I go. Cross-country flights always incite […]

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What If You Knew You Only Had One Chance?

Photo: (cc) Kokalola/Flickr I know many of you don’t have the same love of Bruce Springsteen that I do; however, this is about more than just Bruce. But it was a Bruce moment that got me thinking about the topic of “just one chance.” It all started two weeks before the release of Bruce’s anxiously […]

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Rule #1: Make Fewer Rules

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger According to Urban Dictionary—and maybe Liz Lemon—a deal breaker in a relationship is “the catch” that one cannot overlook in a particular individual and ultimately outweighs any redeeming quality he or she may have. Or it may be some aspect of a deal you make (to take […]

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5 Ways To Stop Climate Chaos Now

Let’s face it: Climate change, global warming, whatever you call it—but one thing it is for sure is climate chaos—seems so overwhelming that most of us simply shut down emotionally and mentally when we see another headline that says the world is ending sooner rather than later. Even I shut down occasionally! OK, more than […]

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On Becoming Fearless

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Like any sane person, I was afraid to ride a bike through New York City. But The Husband persuaded me to venture out with him to the safe, protected, beautiful paths along the West Side Highway or through Central Park. To get there, […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 12

Happy New Year: Renewal It’s a fresh start to a brand new year. Hopefully, you are starting it feeling rested, refreshed, and with a list—even if it’s just in your head—of dreams for the coming year. Every day is a new day, but there is only one New Year’s Day each year. I wish you […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 11

Dreaming: Visualization I’m a believer in the power of dreaming to create the future you want. I think sometimes people look at my life and think maybe it’s been easy or that I’ve been given everything I need. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every single one of us has been given something, and […]

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