INSPIRATION

Fake Quotes Revealed

I was searching for a quote to add to the back of my business cards; I found a mistake. A journalism professor would have called my almost-selected quotation, incorrectly attributed to Mother Teresa, a “fact error.” “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, but…

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It’s not about you.

If you like comedy, go to the movie theater. If you prefer drama, visit your local DMV office. They were both beautiful people, strangers to each other. One had long, dark wavy hair and olive skin, with her body in constant motion as if she couldn’t wait to be out of the long line and…

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Dream big. Start small.

I had a message for Atlanta-area entrepreneurs this month. “Life will not give you a dream, a desire… (Not, ‘I want this car or that house,’ but a deep desire)… Life will not give you a dream, without the opportunity to FULFILL it. Life will not install in you a talent, without offering you the…

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Treasures Worth Using

I’ve been enchanted by seeing my name “in the paper” since I was 13 years old. (That’s when my first letter to the editor was published in the Birmingham News.) I never dreamed I’d spend more than a decade living in the Midwest, or that I could become a freelance restaurant columnist for a Central…

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A Bracelet’s Message: Just Let Go

Creativity is a language everyone can speak; we just have different dialects. Tell a crowd you’re a writer and editor, and you might hear a spontaneous confession of what people believe about their own creative voices. “I wish I could do that, but I’m not…” Or, “I used to paint on the weekends, but then…”…

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Get ready. Get set. Nudge!

A few years ago, a new guest at my supper club announced her resolution to “start working out,” and asked the rest of us for our exercise routines. I mentioned customized cardio and yoga on alternating days, which sounded sedentary compared to the rest of my dinner companions. Hours of running, daily. Bootcamp-style workouts that…

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The Year of the Heart

Doctors and nurses inhaled at a screen full of data I could not understand. To trained medical personnel, those lines spelled one thing: “Heart Attack.” NOT mine. I was invited to attend a 2017 Cardiovascular Summit as a Reiki practitioner; one session focused on complementary therapies. But first, I heard the story of a man…

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Sounds Like Home

For most of us, holidays are a time of travel and reunion. This post, first published in December of 2015, salutes the sounds of my  own homecoming. Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2018! Writers eavesdrop. Call it a habit, a reflex, a skill or just a…

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Winter’s Work

The trees in my backyard acknowledge the cooler temperatures in two ways. One likes to drop its leaves overnight, while the other holds on, slowly changing its colors, shedding a few leaves at a time. Life has its seasons and mysteries. Sometimes change is almost gentle, and we can take our time letting go. Other…

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Be Awake

Note: I wrote this post in memory of my grandmother, “Gee Gee,” almost one year ago. Her birthday is this week. For more than a decade, I lived 10 hours away from home. Illinois was nice, but I missed the South. The architecture of valleys and mountains. Raindrops pattering through thick branches and leaves instead of…

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