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We explore a variety of topics and issues of the day. Tell us what you think.

Content?

January 18, 2023

When are you content with your content? Is it the moment you grin like an iguana basking under a heat lamp? Or is it the second you state something so clearly the latest Artificial Intelligence writing tool recognizes your effort with a top score? Filling the blank page with compelling content is one of the most difficult and gratifying ways to communicate. But how do you know when you hit the mark? Here are three thoughts on the subject by a professional writer.

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Say What?

January 3, 2023

Perfect strangers tell me things. Like the Target shopper who said she was no longer a lesbian because she found religion. Or the concertgoer who shared that his wife died from a blood clot, a rare side effect of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. Or the two moms who admitted after a La Leche League meeting that they too had trouble with breastfeeding.

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Think About It

December 12, 2022

How often do we think before we act? Over the weekend, I watched the TikTok “ick” video that got four nurses fired for mocking patients. While I don’t know these Atlanta labor and delivery nurses personally, I feel bad for them. It’s hard not to get caught up in a challenge. However, because of a momentary lapse in judgment, these dedicated healthcare workers became “former employees.”

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Let It Go

December 9, 2022

Are you tired of holding it all together as another nail-biting year draws to a close? Then follow the lead of the prehistoric ginkgo tree, which each year drops its brilliant yellow leaves on the ground. Take a deep breath and belt out “Let it go, let it go!” like a Disney ice princess. During these remaining weeks of 2022, give yourself permission to admire what worked, dump what didn’t and dream big about what’s next. Your 2023 self will thank you.

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Find Your Waterfall

November 17, 2022

It hit me today why I love waterfalls. Whether it’s of the magnitude of Niagara Falls or a trickling cascade, a waterfall allows me to focus on the flow of the water rather than the swirl in my head. My breathing becomes more relaxed, and I forget about everything in the moment. My latest deadline, concerns about friends and family, the state of our country and the world, and the list goes on. Who isn’t flooded with nagging thoughts?

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Admiring Artistry

November 4, 2022

A kaleidoscope of leaves can brighten an otherwise dreary day. During a recent Sunday stroll, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of a colorful array of autumn leaves. What a spectacular sight on a drizzly afternoon. For a moment, time stood still as I gazed at Mother Nature’s handiwork under my soggy sneakers. I no longer felt the rain or chill in the air. And I got an idea for my next blog. How often do we stop to admire the artistry?

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Move Over

October 18, 2022

Did I ever mention I once asked my dad to buy me a cow? Never one to discourage initiative, this lifelong realtor told me, “Sure, I’ll buy you a cow if you purchase the land.” He didn’t dash the dream of a child. Instead, my father – may his memory be a blessing – offered hope and a compromise. What an important life lesson. How often do we shut down someone’s dream, either deliberately or inadvertently? Are we too quick to criticize rather than consider ideas? Are we willing to move over to give someone else room to shine?

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Old Stuff

October 12, 2022

I jokingly refer to this photo as old stuff in Segovia, Spain (Roman ruins and me). During a recent bucket-list trip, I posed in front of a first century AD structure that many consider one of the best-preserved Roman aqueduct bridges. People from around the world visit this spot to admire the ingenuity, artistry and strength of the Aqueduct of Segovia, which has lasted through the ages. A young woman from Scandinavia was kind enough to offer to snap this photo of me. Old stuff – like a bridge or a person – can continue to surprise you.

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