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Cafe Creativity: Did You Know You're More Creative ...


What do painter Pablo Picasso, author JK Rowling, and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan have in common? They have crafted some of their best work in a coffee shop.

In a recent article by Bryan Lufkin (see ...

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Everyday Miracles


I don’t remember how old I was when I first realized I needed to slow my life down—to see it more clearly, to hear, more distinctly, the shifting sand in the hourglass, to feel everything life was ...

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How to be More Productive in 2021--by Finding ...


Welcome to 2021 and PAUSE MORE. RUSH LESS. To those of you new to this newsletter, the mission is simple: It’s designed to help you slow down because by pausing more, you see more. Listen more. Hear ...

Photo of Christmas candles from David Sonluna from Unsplash

The Message Behind the Gift


In the spirit of Christmas, I want to take you somewhere special. Take a walk with me to a bygone era that now only exists in one place: my memory. Walk with me, for just a few minutes, to revisit ...

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Gag Gifts that were No Joke


I love Christmas time. Christmas is a holiday that literally hangs in the air, like a morning mist. Can you smell the pine drifting through the house, the cookies in the oven, the hot chocolate ...

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How to be Remembered

I’ve always thought a lot about TIME—and how every spectacular sunset subtly marks its passage in daily increments. Nature itself is a ticking clock—sunrise, dawn, dusk, sunset, winter, spring, summer ...

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How I Said Goodbye to My Career

It happens to everyone. Your career ends—eventually. Time runs out, like sand in an hourglass. You may end it at the appropriate time—or, sadly, someone may end it for you. But when you reach the end ...


Chasing Dreams (or Setting Them Free)

I don’t come from a very musical family. No offense to my family. Sure, one or two of my sisters tried the obligatory clarinet (which we rented), my sister, Mary, still has a beautiful voice, and my ...


Uncovering Character


This week I was in Santa Barbara, California, also known as “The American Riviera” for its lush landscape, pristine beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and spectacular view of the Pacific and the Santa Ynez ...

Mountain Dew Photo by James C. Magruder

Savoring Life (and the Little Things)

My father was a single parent. He raised six kids. Three girls. Three boys. Make that three hungry boys. We certainly had enough to get by, but not many extras. Like a case of Coke. Soda was a luxury ...

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The Mark of a Mentor

As I prepare to call it a career and start retirement next week, I can’t help but reflect on the people that made my career so fulfilling. There were many, but one in particular; the man who ...

Fountain Pen

The Power of the Pen (Reviving the Lost Art of ...

When was the last time you wrote a letter—by hand? When was the last time you received a handwritten letter? How did it make you feel? More connected? Greater closeness? Ever wonder why it made you ...