When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.
The ability to delay gratification has implications not only for a person’s life, but also for a community, for a people, for a country.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
It’s very interesting on the road as people ask you a lot of questions. One of the things we tend to hear repeatedly is, “I can do the gratitude part, but the trust, that is harder.” This makes sense. When we are grateful we tend to be grateful for things that are tangible: from a sunny day to a good medical report, to the lost possession found, a dogs unconditional affection, a job to go to, a family to… Read More
Hope is a pillar of faith. It is pillar which holds our desired dreams.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita When we started writing this book, I told Paul the one thing we have to do, the one place we have to read is at Shakespeare and Company in Paris. For the entire time we were writing I kept repeating this wish. It is not only the most famous bookstore in the English speaking world, it is the most magical. If you… Read More
Yesterday I made a big mistake. Now I could have an excuse or an explanation. The mistake was I somehow gave myself credit for Laura McDonald’s wonderful blog. The explanation is I am in a hotel in Paris with really spotty WiFi. I did upload her photo, it might have taken, might not. I thought it did. But I think my fault was not changing the author blog from myself to guest blogger. So her photo could have loaded but I… Read More
What began as a typical Thursday became a life-changing moment that nearly brought me to my knees. I was up early, preparing our daughter’s breakfast before school, racing to run the dog out, rushing to get ready for work as a health coach and writer in NYC and had a brief, but not uncommon, squabble about money with my husband. The financial frustration the American middle-class feels is alive and kicking in our home. Our oldest is getting married,… Read More
WINNER OF THE DAILY GRATITUDE CONTEST It is virtually impossible to judge gratitude. Gratitude is gratitude. What works for one might not work for the other. How does one place a value not that. But this was a contest – So – I think it has to be a tie between Lynda Thompson who took cold showers and learned about deprivation as a young girl and is grateful on a daily basis for her health. Hard to argue with… Read More
We were back on the road last week. We spent three days in Nashville at The Southern Writers Conference. Which I will blog about next week. And then we went to Miami to read at Books and Books in Coral Gables. For those of you who are unable to attend any of our appearances due to geography or any other reasons, this should give you an inside look from beginning to end. We were lucky because my friend Stephen Duncan… Read More
My wife and I were talking the other day about how things have changed for us, and how I have changed since I’ve been in recovery. I would like to say that it’s all good, but it would be more accurate to say things are…a whole lot better. And isn’t that what we look for – progress, not perfection, as the slogan goes? It’s taken me a while to realize that recovery is much more than cessation of use.… Read More
Many years ago I wrote and recorded a song about inspiration. It’s celebrates a woman who is the source of the singers’ strength, passion, and ideas. “Here comes inspiration … walking through the door.. Bringing back a thousand dreams I thought I’d lost for sure … Monday Momma sure looks good to me.” It’s portrays the muse as a person. A healing companion that’s the energy behind his ability to create. I think there was a lot of “what… Read More
When it comes to gratitude the big things can come more easily. Like mammogram day, OK, I know I lost some of the guys and younger folk on that one. But every woman knows the gratitude when you get that “Everything is OK” message. It’s easy to be grateful when things are going our way. I was thinking about that a lot last week; how we roll along being grateful while life is moving in the way we want… Read More
Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.― Johnny Depp We were in Oxford, Mississippi last week and we were not there for the football game. It was the last stop of the first two weeks of our multi-week book tour. I’ve never met a bookstore didn’t like, but there are a dozen or so on the planet that stand out above the rest. Square Books in Oxford, MS is such a place. It’s not just the fearless and… Read More