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Take a Breath, Baby!

Posted at Apr 26, 2017 8:00 am

windImagine your world is spiraling out of control:

  • Crying kids
  • Complaining clients
  • A furious boss
  • A screaming spouse
  • Or even a stranger-danger type of confrontation.

Whatever the situation, you’re powerless to change it.

You feel yourself descending into a state of panic.

pauseDon’t you

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Safety and the Single Sleuth

Posted at Apr 12, 2017 8:00 am

I confess, I’ve watched too many James Bond movies, seen too much TV with impossible espionage twists and read too many spy/undercover cop stories. (I’ve even written scenes inspired by all of these movie, TV and book thrills.)

Although I’ve never had to fend off an insistent mob (enthusiastic readers of

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Magic Word of the Day: Appreciation

Posted at Mar 22, 2017 8:00 am

I’m “On Z Road” again, dragging my carry-on behind me as I wiggle out of my shoes and coat before hefting my bag onto the conveyer belt to be screened by the dreaded TSA. Most days I fly through security, but today . . .

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Project Runway: The DIY Version

Posted at Mar 8, 2017 8:00 am

If I had a dime for every fictional heroine who had a self-proclaimed “unfashionable” feature, I’d be wealthier than Bill Gates. Heck if I had a penny for every woman who bemoaned her features and wished for a different body, I’d be wealthier than Bill and the Queen of England—combined!

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The Myth of the Three Little Words

Posted at Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am

Almost everyone believes that all relationship woes can be fixed with those three little words. You know the ones I mean. The “I love you” words. When the words don’t work their magic, we feel betrayed. Let down.

We’re conditioned to believe those words are all we need.  Movies, books, songs—all

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Cherries and Sprinkles

Posted at Feb 8, 2017 8:00 am

The lights dimmed and a room full of people, dressed in their finery, quieted and faced the stage. Names were called. Awards placed in the shaking hands of recipients who didn’t know if they should laugh or cry—and ended up doing a little of both. Applause punctuated their words of

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Mind Your Mindfulness

Posted at Jan 25, 2017 8:00 am

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself focusing on my goals with blinders to all else. The goal could be a workshop I’m creating and teaching in two months, a manuscript I want to finish by the end of the year or paying off the mortgage a

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Regretfully Yours

Posted at Jan 11, 2017 8:00 am

“I’m sorry.” Those two words form one of the hardest phrases anyone has to say.

A favorite troupe in romance novels is the overbearing, “alpha” hero who pushes, prods and tries to dominate the heroine at every turn.  Inevitably she reaches a point

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Advertising Vs. The Average Girl

Posted at Dec 21, 2016 8:00 am

My mother’s love of Swing Music, Big Bands, the 1950’s Crooners and Broadway Musicals formed the basis for the sound track of my youth. Needless to say, the rock-n-roll loving kids in my high school thought I was weird.

But, buried in the lyrics to those songs, lurked a lot of

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When Smart Women Do Stupid Things

Posted at Dec 7, 2016 8:00 am

I’m sure you’ve all read a book or seen a movie where the main character does something so stupid, you’re reduced to yelling at the page or the screen.

“Don’t run towards the dark corner when you think you hear a gun being cocked!”

“Don’t go outside in you nightgown armed with

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