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A Radio Conversation About Media, Hope & the Power of Education

I was recently asked to be a guest on a radio show called “The Politics of Living.” As a media person/former magazine publisher in the community, the lovely and talented Inessa Anderson interviewed me to discuss where I’ve been and where I am now. It’s interesting to be in a conversation and then later relive […]

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Turning Into Truth: One Opportunity At A Time

What if there were everyday people who really could connect with, translate and communicate the language from another side of the unseen, the unknown, the unexplainable? Would you doubt these abilities or that such gifts are real? In this context, I’m not speaking of communication in terms of religion or even spirituality per se. I’m […]

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Finding Connection In A Complicated Story

In my recent and near final term at Marylhurst, I was in a class that examined the opiate epidemic; from Oxycontin down the slippery slope of heroin. We looked at many aspects including the culpability of the pharmaceutical industry and Purdue, the billionaire single family-owned company in particular that greedily manufactures oxy, the role of […]

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Education, Italy & A Beautiful Life

I recently went to Italy–Rome, Florence and Venice–for a whirlwind 10-day excursion. Aside from such incredible history and breathtaking sites, I noticed, and was in awe by, how people in Italy appear to live with ease. Whether my perspectives about the Italian way of life are right or wrong, no matter. I see Italians live well. The […]

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Film’s Fierce Heart Is Like A Lion

            We all want to find our way home. No matter where we’ve come from, or where we land, the identity journey home is always the one that holds our hearts forever hostage. Can we ever breathe freedom? “Lion,” the newly released film based on the non-fiction book, A Long […]

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My 3 Words – New Year’s Revolutions

New Year’s Eve signals a helluva lot of reflection, hope, inner criticism and a magnified look at those things that pain us…especially bad habits. We swear we want different. We make intense proclamations of how all our ingrained lack-of-discipline will somehow disappear. But dammned if the tick-tock Cinderella stroke of midnight yields nada. 12:01 a.m. […]

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Activate Happy!

               Saturday, November 5th, was the 2nd annual Activating Happy conference. Though, conference doesn’t seem like an appropriate title; usually conference implies dry, dull or even necessary as dictated by a sales manager or trade show mandate. Activating Happy is a day-long adventure into brains, science, inspiration, discovery and delight. […]

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A View From Anew…

It’s always a wonderful surprise to discover something you’ve always known. Or rather, RE-discover something you always thought you knew, but maybe only from a certain perspective. My case in point, Cannon Beach. I’ve been visiting Cannon Beach for decades. I love Oregon’s diverse coastline. From evergreen forests, to sprawling bays, rock formations to crashing […]

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On The Tippy Toes For Tulips!

There’s one time of year many in the Northwest look forward to, and that’s the annual sojourn to the Woodburn Tulip Festival. Over 40 acres of gorgeous colors burst across fields of flower fury, with rows of pinks, reds, oranges, purples, whites and yellows. For me, as a “budding” photographer (pun intended), the only way […]

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Daddy

Oddly, I know several people who have recently lost their fathers. I specifically wrote this for one of them. Because it seemed like a lot of loss in a short time, I thought I’d pass this along to the others who are in grief; it’s what I imagine a father and child relationship could feel […]

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