Ephemeral Art

 This summer, people started building crazy cairns (rock piles that mark a trail) all along the bike trails in the mountain foothills above my home. At first they would simply gather rocks and stack them tall; then as months wore on, they grew more elaborate. I started adding sticks for arms and turning them into cairn men. Sometimes others would remove the sticks or knock over the piles, but someone else would always rebuild them.…

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Heal Your Mind

UPDATE: the book is finished and you can find it here: Heal Your Emotions I’ve been working on writing my next book, which will be one of the best and most important things I’ve ever created. It’s (tentatively) called Basic Intuitive Energy Healing ::: Heal Your Mind ::: A Scientific Approach to Speaking your Brains’ Languages and Turning Pain into Power and it includes over 50 simple yet highly effective healing techniques that you can…

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Thank a Teacher

I recently came across this inspiring letter written by a new teacher and she gave me permission to share it here: So, I’m a brand-new 7th grade English teacher. I work in a school where something like 80% of the kids live below the poverty line. Many of them have families who are barely making it. Many of them wear the same clothes to school multiple days in a row. For many of them, school…

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Today is National “Talk to a Stranger” Day

I just got home from a long trip, flying one way across the country then driving back (to help my sister move from Florida to Idaho <- there’s me driving the moving truck into Provo Canyon), and one of the best things about the trip was talking to strangers. There were casual chats with flight attendants, asking directions to the beach (when my ride from the airport was a few hours late), sunbathers who agreed…

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A Plea for Pluralism

PLURALISM. That’s what’s on my mind, Facebook; thanks for asking. Pluralism means THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES and opinions in our society and if we want to run a successful society, then WE NEED TO RESPECT EACH OTHER and GET ALONG. This DOES NOT MEAN stamping out all differences! It means CELEBRATING them. The Great Seal of the United States includes the phrase, “E Pluribus, Unum,” which means, “Out of many, one.” Are…

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Love Conquers All

We’ve heard it before but we barely understand how consistently love resolves all conflict and solves or improves all problems and circumstances. Ponder the following examples and ask yourself how you can apply love to improve your own life in ways you never considered: Who intimidates you? We feel intimidated when our insecurities get triggered. Do you ever wonder if you’re good enough to be loved and accepted? If so, someone more skilled, attractive, funny,…

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What Are You Doing Here, Anyway?

I thought of this poem, one of three written by Amy in Courage, Love and the Meaning of Christmas, and decided to share it with you here. Also, for the next few days, you can download the book for FREE to read on any computer or device here: bit.ly/christmasbook What are you doing here, anyway? What do you have to tell the world? Speak up, boys! Shout it out loud, girls! Do not hold yourself…

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Life is Hard…Get Over it!

It’s surely no news flash to you that Life is Hard. The surprise is to realize that THAT’S OKAY! Yes, life is hard. Now get busy living!! 🙂 Runners don’t run marathons and mountaineers don’t climb mountains because they’re easy. Explorers don’t discover new continents to get out of mowing the lawn or because there was nothing good on tv. The most rewarding things in life all have this in common: THEY ARE DIFFICULT! That’s what makes them rewarding! That’s what…

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How to Escape the Past

The past sets your expectations of the future, and most people believe it, argue for it, and willingly fight to defend their unquestioned belief that things will always be as they always were. It doesn’t need to be this way! If you don’t like your past – or if you’d like a better future – then it’s all up to you. As soon as you do something better than you’ve done before, then THAT ACT becomes your past! It becomes the new possible! It suddenly all makes sense…

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Happy Thanksgiving + Merry Christmas!

What I am grateful for today (among other things) is that I finally finished writing the last book in my Courage, Love and the Meaning of Christmas series! The Art of Heart  finally wraps up the trilogy with the most exciting book yet. Click any of the books above to view them on Amazon.com and click the book image there to read the first dozen chapters or so and see if you get hooked by the…

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Roots vs. Wings

Have you ever had wanderlust? Have you glanced through all the stunningly exotic photos online or that your friends pin on Pinterest and wished you could go there? That’s what I have to say today: YOU CAN. GO! I once took a spontaneous trip to Taiwan where I taught English and learned Chinese. It lasted five months and ended with a three-week trip to Mainland China. That lasted four months. When I came home and…

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