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As you can see, I’m not at my desk right now.  I’m up in the tree (house).  It’s where I do my best thinking—where ideas take root and branch out before I know it. It is here where the magic happens. Who knows what my imagination will come up with next. What little thought will get my attention and become worthy of words to express it.  Thank you for going “out on a limb” with me to share the adventure of yet-to-be-determined motivating messages. Ta-da!

P.S. For those curious whether ta-da is a word, indeed it is according to Webster’s Dictionary. In the formal sense it means an imitative sound of the musical flourish or fanfare of a French Horn. In the more urban usage, it means a final proclamation, an exclamation to substitute a lot of words, especially when excited, happy, surprised. One source claims it was first used in 1926 although it doesn’t state how, and other info states its origins go further back with a connection to yoga and a certain pose called Ta-da-sana. Some consider it slang. I consider it the most magical verbal punctuation. On a grander scale, I like to think of life as one big ta-da.



Earthly intelligence can yield far-out solutions

Posted on September 10, 2020 | 0 comments

Beer, fungus, and murals all have something in common. That’s right. Each is an uncommon resource for a new, innovative, and eco-friendly invention. How could that be? The answer is as easy as one, two, three. First, to avoid unused beer going stale outside Adelaide in South Australia, folks are feeling a bit giddy that closed restaurants are donating up to 40,000 gallons of beer each week to the local water treatment plant. Gaseous fuels produced by fermentation can be converted to a biogas which in turn can be used as electricity to power...

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Terrific Tech Trivia

Posted on August 14, 2020 | 2 comments

Today’s column calls for a little bit of this, that, and the other thing. Typically, some people cook with a little of this and a dash of that or garden with the same kind of flair. Me? I like to write about a some of this or a few tidbits about that for the reader to tuck away for future reference or to simply enjoy in the moment. So, today’s this and that is technology trivia.  First up are fun facts about one of the biggest 2020 blockbusters—Zoom, the  digital meeting place we’ve all come to appreciate for bringing us in touch...

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Accept challenges and build resilience

Posted on July 26, 2020 | 3 comments

Setbacks and situations that require finding new ways of facing those challenges go with the business of living life. Currently, to say we’re in uncertain times is an understatement. What is certain though is that the importance of resilience cannot be overstated. If that is not a strength or could use a booster shot, there are simple skills to help develop a more resilient response to the ups and downs of life. For example, studies show the importance of pushing beyond the limits into something that is difficult or uncomfortable. By sticking...

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Spark your curiosity

Posted on June 20, 2020 | 0 comments

Did curiosity really kill the cat? Probably not. Fueled by the desire to know more, some of the most intelligent and innovative figures of the past were insatiably curious—Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci. Today, countless others would agree that curiosity has a wide range of benefits from personal growth to professional success. Why be curious? Because curiosity keeps the mind active and strong, and it enhances focus, productivity, and motivation. It also boosts listening skills for better conversations and reduces...

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Peace of mind formula

Posted on May 16, 2020 | 2 comments

You know what M & M’s are…and you’ve probably used a 3M product. How about the 4M’s formula for pandemic stress relief? During recent segments on the Today Show and MSNBC, psychiatrist Sue Varma presented a 15-minute mental health habit designed to motivate and energize caregivers with the practice of mindfulness, meaningful engagement, mastering and movement.  Right now, we’re all caregivers—to ourselves and for our families. We’re also keeping an eye on neighbors, friends, and coworkers albeit at a distance. The stress of...

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A good belly laugh in to get through difficult times

Posted on April 9, 2020 | 1 comment

Hi there! While your regular columnist, Cheryl Russell, is out on one of her many walks above and beyond the usual, thought I would jump into her desk chair and share a few words on her laptop before she returns. Best if I start with an introduction: I’m Cheryl’s Laughter Yoga class T-shirt. Until this thing called sheltering, for more than 11 years, I was out like clockwork every Monday morning…that is me or one of my look-alike cousins. Now suddenly I’m stuck in her closet with no place to go. Getting pretty bored just hanging out. Bet you...

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Ingenuity is an inside job

Posted on March 12, 2020 | 0 comments

Think the genius genes passed you by? Think again claims Tina Seelig, internationally best-selling author of the book, InGenius. “Creativity is not magical, rather, it’s the result of a clear set of processes and conditions.” Historically, people looked outside themselves believing that goddesses, muses, and great writers were the rare ones gifted with creative inspiration. According to Seelig, “It’s an inside job to ignite inborn inventiveness.” Being creative is not just for artistic endeavors. In today’s world of record-speed advancements...

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Happy heartbeats day!

Posted on February 14, 2020 | 0 comments

The heart is an amazing organ. It works on demand; that is, it adjusts itself to our body’s needs. During exercise or high stress, the heart rate increases and conversely it slows down in times of rest and relaxation. Depending on a person’s heartbeat rate, the average daily heartbeats range from 80,000—100,000. Heartbeats are also described as a personal metronome that nature gave us to mark time. Something to consider then is how we spend our daily allotment of heartbeats. Research suggests that each heartbeat reflects many complex...

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2020 plans include open mind

Posted on January 9, 2020 | 0 comments

What was I thinking weather-wise to plan a mountain getaway Thanksgiving weekend? When I booked the cozy cottage in Idyllwild, I believed our usual SoCal fair weather would prevail. Instead the 10-day forecast had a snow icon for the onset of my stay. The Airbnb hostess assured me that chains are easy to use and to see the opportunity as an adventure. My life has been one BIG adventure. Why was the idea of spending time in the snow tripping me up? Well, plans to be out hiking each day weren’t an option without proper gear. With a shift in...

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The gifts of winter

Posted on December 12, 2019 | 0 comments

The gifts of winter

Do you have winter on your holiday gift-giving list? While you may be questioning my reason for asking, I believe every season has its own unique characteristics and gifts. And, winter is no exception even though it can bring more challenges than other seasons typically do. For example, just as we reach for heavier clothing such as jackets, gloves and hats, some plants keep their dead leaves for insulation and use excess snow as a blanket to help withstand the cold. Though we may be miserable out in the freezing cold, exposure to cold winter...

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