play, poetry, silly rhyme

Soulful Sunday 107 – Play

This episode of Soulful Sunday explores the power of play. Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations as a right of every child. ~ Kenneth Ginsburg   Children learn (through play) critical life skills for mental, physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and communication development. A growing…

Brad's Tips, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 379

This week Awesome Stories brings you some homegrown wisdom. I actually created these tips over 25 years ago. Although I know many of these ideas, I don’t live them as well as I would like to. Which reminds me that although many of us have lots of good ideas and information, our real transformation only…

kids, play, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 362

This week Awesome Stories brings you forward fashion, vagus nerve, and play. Forward Fashion I must admit I’m not big on shopping or feeding our collective consumption, but this line of clothing strives to make a difference in a meaningful way. Founder Shannon Keith was touched by the harsh lives of women, especially those in the…

gratitude, blessings, autumn

Awesome Stories 344 – Thanksgiving Edition

This week Awesome Stories focuses on the power of gratitude. I love the Thanksgiving Holiday and the reminder to appreciate my life and its many blessings.  Gratitude by the Numbers In case you’ve been hiding for the last 10 years, the transformative power of gratitude has been demonstrated. The research of Robert Emmons (and many others)…

family

Muse Vacation

Muse Vacation Muse Brad and I will be heading to Virginia to visit my mother and brother for a couple of weeks. We probably won’t be writing, posting, or reading many blogs. We’ll miss you, but probably need a break from writing deadlines. Muse Brad has convinced me we need time off from writing to…

forest regeneration, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 335

This week Awesome Stories brings you forest regeneration, Medicine Baba, growing gratitude, and dancing. Forest Regeneration This story warms my heart and gives me hope for the future. Twenty years ago, a couple donated a forested piece of land in exchange for orange peels and pulp for some deforested land. It turned out to be…

beauty, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 323

This week Awesome Stories brings you beauty, foster care, healing sleep, Finding Beauty This article is a good reminder to practice looking for beauty where we are. Alanda writes about the power of beauty to transform. While having a bad day, Alanda found beauty in a red onion and it shifted her whole day. “As…

hidden galaxies, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 262

This week Awesome Stories brings you passionate living, hidden galaxies, embracing uncertainty and healthy relationships. Merging Passion and Purpose Linda Cruse has certainly given her passions full expression in her life. After an early detour to support her family, Linda merged her passions for adventure and disaster relief to help communities survive and thrive. She has…

Jimmy Carter, Humility

Humility to the Rescue

Humility to the Rescue We are becoming a culture of self, just look on your Facebook feed!  Besides the inflated attention our media gives to actors and sports figures, look at how social media is dominated with the glorification of self. Everything is about being seen. I wonder what it says about people that spend…

hugging, parallel footsteps

Healing Touch

Are you getting your daily touch needs?  Paul Zak, aka Dr. Love, recommends at least eight hugs a day to be happier and enjoy better relationships. I know from first-hand experience how powerful touch can be. I grew up in a family that didn’t touch much or demonstrate love physically. Thankfully, in my 30’s I…