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Erika Petrelli
Don't Lick Your Neighbor

I’m typing this over my twentieth cup of coffee, coughing and sneezing up a..

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The Power Of Children

Last month, I asked Marlowe (my 11-year old) to write another post for me. ..

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Jack

Do you have people in your life that make you go “Damn—THAT is how I want to..

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The In Between

The concept of “liminal space,” the space in between—in between what’s “now”..

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Mistake

I have a shirt that I love… it’s so cozy and baggy and soft. When I wear it,..

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Pushing the Envelope

It’s always been important to me to push the envelope beyond what is and..

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I Wonder

I wonder, in the measuring of my days, if the universe will nod in approval..

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Split Seconds

If you’re a racing fan like me, maybe you watched the Daytona 500 yesterday..

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Lucky Enough

“I don't know how long I can do this, he said. I think the universe has..

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Happy Heart's Day, Every Day

What does it mean to love with your whole heart?

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Pain Is Part Of It

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful..

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Can You See It? (The Beginning of Wisdom, Part Two)

My son was taking a bath in my bathroom the other night, and I was sitting..

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The Beginning of Wisdom, Part One

As we approach the middle of another January, many of us are also already..

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A Manifesto to Life

Happy 2020! 

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Small Kindnesses

What is the meaning of life?

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News

You know how there are weeks that go by hum-drum, with the day-to-day..

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The Slight

I was recently sharing my excitement over something I had read that really..

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This Is An Urgent Message

Yesterday was my birthday—I’m now 47 years young, thank you very much...

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Write Your Own Ending

So, I learned first-hand over the summer the absolute joy that can come from..

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The Hope That Emerges

So, I backed into my neighbor’s mailbox the other day. Knocked it clean off..

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The Broken Places

I’ve come to understand something in the last few months that is in direct..

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The Lost Places

“I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going..

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Majestic

I love trees.   Love them in ways I can’t explain.

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Hey.

I burst a blood vessel in my eye today.  Randomly and without any seeming..

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Appreciation, To Those Who Teach

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week…  so, if you are a teacher, a group..

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May In My Heart

It’s May It’s May It’s May!

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The Fluidity of Time

Time is such a funny thing, isn’t it?

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Simple Happiness

What does happiness look like to you? What does it feel like?

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The Super Hero That IS Within

The kids and I saw the movie Shazam  this weekend. We all loved it, and..

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I Wish...

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about wishes. 

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On Bravery

What does it mean, to be brave?

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Pause ... and Celebrate

Okay, so January for me has been about New Year’s resolutions and football,..

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Sometimes It Zigs... Sometimes It Zags

Football again…    this past weekend held the championship games to..

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Taking On The Year

I’ve still got the new year on my mind. The first week of January I talked..

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Today Is The Only Day

I’m so sad about the news that came out of Pittsburgh this weekend, and the..

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Just Be There

The kids and I were in NYC last week—their fall break and my monthly..

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I Hate Myself

“I hate myself.  I will never love myself again.”

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Joy-Full

I’m distressed by a lot of the news lately, as I mentioned last week. And..

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Calm

Well it’s September 11th.   

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The Big Wild World

Well.  Here we are…. After Labor Day. Those of you lucky ones who have been..

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Friends

Marlowe’s two best friends were over for a bit today, and since I’ve been..

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A Lifetime of Firsts

Starting a new school year is sooo hard. It’s been fascinating to watch my..

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Behind The Curtain

I’ve had so many conversations with people lately about how when we look at..

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Diving Into The Unknown

And just like THAT! It’s back to school time. My children head back to the..

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I Don't Get It

I don’t get Marshmello

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Adventure

“Hello everyone! Its Marlowe again. Today I thought I would write about my..

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Rest

Happy Fourth-of-July Week!  The quintessential marker of “summer” for many..

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Awake Moments

So I didn’t post a blog last week because I was computer-less; my laptop..

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The Summer of Our (Dis)Content

Well, we’re a full week into summer.

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Hitched to The Universe

I was sitting at my kitchen counter working the other day and as I was..

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It Happens Here

On Friday there was yet another school shooting, this time at a middle..

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Transitions

This is my kids’ last week of school before summer break begins.  And for my..

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The Hard and The Beautiful

One thing I now understand to be true.  As you get older, life gets harder. ..

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To Write or Not to Write

So I missed writing last week (again) because of a booked up week of west..

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Open Doors

Exotic

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Humans, Together

So, I missed posting last week. I missed posting because a family situation..

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What Is

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening..

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Plans.  And The Weather. Oh, And The Sky

My six-year-old son is a big fan of racing, so in the past year I’ve tried..

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The Plan

Today's post is brought to you by my Wings & Whimsy sidekick and..

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The Mirror

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought some version of “Eck… you..

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Beyond The Flood

Recently I was traveling down to the southern part of Indiana to conduct a..

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Winter Heart

Is it just me, or has everyone been sick pretty much since Thanksgiving?

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Butterfly

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a..

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Hope Until The Clock Runs Out

There was some exciting football going on in the divisional playoffs this..

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Another Try

I always turn to people that inspire me at the beginning of a new year with..

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On Kindness, Take Two

The past few weeks I’ve written about forgiveness and love, of ourselves and..

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A Holiday Invitation

Happy December!

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On Kindness

Today is World Kindness Day. Did you know that?

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Loving This World

Oh, Texas.  

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Football Proud

My son, who is in first grade, played rookie tackle football this fall. The..

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As Planned

I had the honor of traveling to Utah last week for the Utah Afterschool..

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Bending The Arc

So I went to see a performance by author/educator/activist Parker Palmer..

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On Story

I love stories. The power of stories. The idea of stories. The belief that..

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The Beautiful You and We

Some weeks I turn to the words of others in absence of words of my own.

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When It's NOT the Worst Thing

Happy Monday, Everyone. Our dear friend Ali had quite a night last night.....

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Right Nows

Today is the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I've been..

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Go Play

Today is Labor Day. A day to celebrate the work you do... and to take a day..

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Passion

Dylan (my six year old son) is a race car fanatic.  Specifically, NASCAR. ..

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Wonder-Full Joy

Wonder-full

"Morning Sun In Indiana"

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ExScaredEd

ExScaredEd

"Lightroom Preset Balloon Released" by Lenny K Photography

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The Changing of a Season

Change

IMG_1760 by Robert Couse-Baker

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Joy and Inspiration from Fred & George Weasley

Magic

"Magic" by Umberto Nicoletti

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My Wings

Mar

"A Sunset Wave" by Jimmy McIntyre

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Summer State of Mind

Summer

"Smile" by seyed mostafa zamani

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The Music of Life: Or, An Ode to the World

An Ode to the World

"Anhelo" by Abel Maestro Garcia

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Foiled

Untitled, by Rookuzz

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Mom

Mary

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Conform Shom-Form

On Conforming

"Unique" by Marina del Castell

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Knockout Staff Meetings

Knockout Staff Meetings

How to Take Your Staff Meetings from Mundane to..

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Mangia in Midtown

After living in SoHo for almost two decades, The Leadership Program has “moved..

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Wonder

Wonder-full

"Dylan and Erika"

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Fearless, Take Three: When Fearless Girls (and boys) Need Bravery

Fearless

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica..

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Fearless, Take Two

Fearless

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica..

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Fearless

Fearless

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica..

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The Lion

The Lion

"Rain Color" by seyed mostafa zamani

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Winter or Spring?

Spring Is Coming

"Spring Will Come Again" by Beth Coll Anderson

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Galaxies

Galaxies

"Galaxy" by Joel Tonyan

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Keep The Channel Open

Keep The Channel Open

"Belly Dance" by Krisztina Konczos

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Bird By Beautiful Bird

Bird By Beautiful Bird

"Bird" by David Williss

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The Story's Not Over Until... Well, It's Over

The Story's Not Over...

"Reading A Book At The Beach" by Simon Cocks

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Finding the Extra In Your Ordinary

Find Some Extra In Your Ordinary

"Rocks- Roda de Ter," by Peaches & Cream

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Tending You

Tending You

"Last Day of Winter," by R. Crap Mariner

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Magical Leadership

Magical Leadership

"Magic," by Linus Bohman

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Legacy

A New Chapter

"Serenity," by See-Ming Lee

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Legacy

Legacy

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The Languages of Life

The Languages of Life

Photo Credit: "A Wing and a Prayer", JD Hancock,..

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Wake up, or Prepare Yourself for Life to Wake You Up!

Wake up, or Prepare Yourself for Life to Wake You Up!

Photo Credit: "Taxi",..

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Turning an Epidemic of Lonely into a Cascade of Lovely

Turning an Epidemic of Lonely into a Cascade of Lovely

Photo Credit:..

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Easy to Forget: Why the Season of Hope Is Only Hopeful If You Make It So

Easy to Forget: Why the Season of Hope Is Only Hopeful If You Make It So

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Boomerangs of Awareness

Boomerangs of Awarenes

Photo Credit: "Boomerangs", Sam Howzit,..

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Oh, Dear World

Dear World

Photo Credit: "Peace", Brian Turner,..

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Election Day: Coming Together to Move Us Forward

Election Day

Photo Credit: "United We Stand", by jeanne rené..

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Really Cool Humans: Do Something Unexpected Today

Really Cool Humans: Do Something Unexpected Today

Photo Credit:..

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Fail Big: How Embracing Failure Leads to Innovation and Growth

Fail Big: How Embracing Failure Leads to Innovation and Growth

Photo Credit:..

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7 Effective Communication Keys to Start Practicing Today!

7 Effective Communication Keys to Start Practicing Today!

Photo Credit:..

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Team Building that Lasts: Building Trust Beyond Trust Falls

Team Building that Lasts: Building Trust Beyond Trust Falls

Photo Credit:..

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You Got This: Keeping It Together Even When You Think You Can't

You Got This: Keeping It Together Even When You Think You Can't

Photo..

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Adventure Awaits: You Just Need to Grab It

Adventure Awaits: You Just Need to Grab It

"The Wonder Wheel (History)",..

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Digital Citizenship: Initiating a Values Conversation with Students

Digital Citizenship: Initiating a Values Conversation with Students

"On the..

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Hear the Whole Song: Layered Love and Mumford & Sons

Hear the Whole Song: Layered Love and Mumford & Sons

"song sparrow sings",..

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Dreams... Watching With Glittering Eyes

Dreams... Watching With Glittering Eyes

"Black Bear", David Williss,..

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We The People...We Can Be Better Than This.

We The People...We Can Be Better Than This.

"Sun coming through the flag"..

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After School and the Power of Inclusivity

After School and the Power of Inclusivity

Photo by: Hernán Piñera

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Finding Rainbows

"Rainbow" Micolo J https://www.flickr.com/photos/robin1966/

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Forever Young

My 25th high school reunion was last weekend so I have been listening to a ..

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Unraveling: Allowing Ourselves Moments of Humanity

I am in the fourth week of a five-week-in-a-row stretch of some sort of..

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Unexpected Things Will Happen

I was in Phoenix last week for a conference, and was due to depart on..

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Tradition: Memories Weaved Together by a Common Theme

Happy July! I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th holiday. 

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Drawing Parents In with Deeper Content: 20 Questions to Ask

We all want more parents to engage in our programming, but what are we doing..

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A Seussism For You-ssism

 

A Seussism, you say? Well that sounds ok! Join Erika (and Geisel) in a..

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Then and Now: My 25-year Reunion

This week, Erika uses her high school 25-year reunion to reflect on..

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Renewal

 

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Sliding In: Recognizing Your Unique Self

How aware are you of your "unique self"? It's in there, and Erika wants you..

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The Person and The Pea: How Fear Stops Us from Living

In this week's post, "The Person and the Pea: How Fear Stops Us from Living,..

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Everyday Joy

Happiness, with a capital H, can feel so elusive for so many. But what about..

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Kindness and Martin Luther King

Erika took advantage of the school holiday to speak with her children about..

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Explosion: The Art of Not Giving a F

Both my kids have fallen in love with “Fight Song” by Rachel Platton, and sing..

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How Can You Flow Today?

Happy New Year!

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Knocked Out

In "Knocked Out", Erika shares some lessons learned (along with bing-watching..

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The Birds

The power of connectivity. It's something that's influencing us at every turn,..

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This World is Broken

This world is broken, but Erika is keeping an open heart with a focus on love

I..

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I Give Up

In this week's post, Erika asks her readers, "What you can give up today?"

So..

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Phone People: Confessions of a Tele-phobe

What are "phone people", and why doesn't Erika count herself among their ranks

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Culture Shift: How to #OptOutside

Manager of Marketing Content Ali Mercier shares her thought on how to..

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The Interconnected Nature of Everything

Sequoia trees, quantum particles, and the X Ambassadors? Erika mulls on the..

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A Love Note, to the Perfectly Imperfect Things I Love

Just what are some of the perfectly imperfect things I love?   I love the way..

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Literacy Lights: Starting with that First Letter

What is the literacy light, and how can we turn it on?

    My son, who is four..

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Turning 43 (or: 43 Things I'm Grateful For)

Erika is turning 43. However, the gift is for us this year

My birthday is later..

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Platinum Rule: Not All that Glitters is Gold

Erika journeys further around the periodic table to discuss the "Platinum Rule."

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Moments of Focus: Lunar Eclipses and Lucidity

Erika takes her eyes off the sky to share a few of her own moments of focus.

 ..

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I Am Erika (or: Be Grateful For You)

Erika reflects on how important it is to be grateful for you.

So when I was in..

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The Space Between

Erika reflects of her memories of 9/11, her life fourteen years later, and the..

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Worth Showing Up For

I was recently recording a webinar for the National Afterschool Association on..

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Lessons From A Grumpy Computer

My computer was foiling me at every turn yesterday. Documents I was trying to..

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Time

Do you have time today to "pause between the blinks"?

      In two days Marlowe..

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Too Much: Stepping back into "just right"

Erika discusses the difficulties of turning "too much" into "just right

If I..

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Mick Fanning lessons to apply to your life

Erika considers Mick Fanning lessons she can apply to her life

I am sure by now..

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Failing

Sometimes you fail at work.

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An Ode To Summer

I love summer.

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When “Grrr Clouds” Rumble

The kids and I watched an episode of “Henry Hugglemonster” this weekend. In..

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Happy Place

My kids had their semi-annual dentist appointments this weekend. As always, I..

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Flying

My daughter, who will turn seven in June, just learned to ride her bike without..

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Be Yourself

Today's post features a guest blogger, my daughter Marlowe.  She is six years..

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Mom

For Mother's Day, Erika reflects on the multitude of meanings a three-letter..

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Puzzles

 

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Preparation

A combination of layovers and a tight schedule recently led me to be on four..

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Unlikely

Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament on Sunday. It was an unlikely..

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Do I Contradict Myself?

As per always, I was walking around the house the other day lamenting the..

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Freedom

I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom, and what freedom really means, since..

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Daily Icebreakers! Conflict Statues Take 2

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The Beauty of Living and the Beauty of Dying

A woman I didn’t know died last weekend and I feel so, so sad about it.

Ali
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Stress Be Gone

The other night my son fell asleep about thirty minutes earlier than usual; a..

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A Magical Musical Mystery Tour

I had a six-hour drive to and from Missouri last week, and to entertain myself..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Catcher in the Rye

Unexpected, and unintentional, leadership lessons found in J. D. Salinger's The..

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Yes... I mean, NO! ...err, Thank You?

I am definitely a YES person. Yes, I can organize that event. Yes, we should..

Ali
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Pause

Due to flight cancellations this weekend, I had an unexpected few hours of..

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The Happy Replacement

Once when I was maybe nine or ten, I fell through an opening in our barn from..

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The Territory

Speaking of weather, we saw three signs of spring this weekend. Not scientific..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Letter from Birmingham Jail

On how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" demonstrates for..

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On Flying

She did it.

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Seasons

What’s your favorite season? I love them all (though truth be told, I’d like..

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Love

Yesterday was the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; the only..

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Never Grow Up

My daughter recently saw NBC’s airing of “Peter Pan Live” and has since become..

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Coming Back

We’ve just come off of a splendid two-week holiday break. We didn’t travel;..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - The Hobbit

Can J. R. R. Tolkein's The Hobbit get us out of our comfort zone and..

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'Tis The Season

 Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,  the Immaculate..

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Let's Play

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the joy (and importance) of play. I..

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Good Enough

I think I’ve run out of stories.

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Of Mice and Men

Can Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck empower us against loneliness and..

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Identity Crisis

I was a “drama kid” growing up, happily participating in every school play..

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Christmas Cheer

This is how Christmas decorating went this year in my house:

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Livi's Art Lab: Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving is one of my mama's favorite holidays, mainly because of the..

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#SimplyGiveThanks

The organization Gener.us has started a campaign called #SimplyGiveThanks in..

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When We Awaken

For some reason lately I’ve been thinking about those moments that awaken us..

Ali
Leaders in Literature: Mockingjay

Can Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins teach us a real-life lesson stepping into..

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On Celebrating

Many of us are great at celebrating birthdays and special..

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On Fifteen

This past week, my beloved colleagues at The Leadership Program celebrated..

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Gone

For about five minutes last week, my daughter disappeared into the universe.

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After Ecstasy...

There is a great quote by Buddhist Jack Kornfield that goes, “After ecstasy,..

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On 42

I turn 42 tomorrow.

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Can Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling teach us a..

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I'm Not Worthy!

Chaos. Madness. Destruction. Doom and Gloom.

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Got The Music In You?

My three-year-old son Dylan has recently taken quite a liking to the Alicia..

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Love Is A Verb

When I love you, it’s really easy to love you. But when you do things that..

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Unexpected Escapes

There was a fire in my dorm just before Christmas of my freshman year at..

Ali
Leaders in Literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Looking at screen time and innocence with the classic novel, The Adventures..

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Overstuffed

It is time for our annual administrative retreat, wherein we disappear into..

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The Laundry

Here’s how laundry goes in my house:

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A Piece of Peace

My son woke up very early this morning, as he often does, wanting the last..

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On Urgency

My computer is about to run out of juice and apparently I left the power..

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The Joy Thief

And just as quickly as it began, summer… not in the seasonal way but rather..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - The Giver

Looking at power with award-winning YA novel, The Giver by Lois Lowry...

Ali
Leaders in Literature - The Great Gatsby

Looking at perseverance and the American Dream with the American classic The..

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Why It's Hard Before It's Easy

I’ve written about this very thing before (but as we’ve decided, I only ever..

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Grown Up

I swear sometimes I am STUNNED I am not still 18.  When the weather is nice..

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Commencement

As spring gives way to summer and academics give way to pools and bike..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - The Fault in Our Stars

Exploring social emotional intelligence in writing technique with the..

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Happy 100!

This is my 100th blog entry.   I know that for many of you more seasoned..

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The Potty Wars

I just spent nearly an hour battling my just-turned-three year old son on..

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When The Clouds Part

Flying into D.C last week en route to New York, the pilot alerted us that we..

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Running With Fear

On Saturday my daughter Marlowe “ran” in the Rookie Run, a part of the 500..

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The "All" of It All

It’s 5:00 am and I am once again trying to “do it all,” whatever that means...

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The Block

Writer’s block is a horrible thing.  Many a Monday-into-Tuesday I stare at the..

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Raw Happiness

I recently saw a video of a 3 year old boy auditioning on a show called..

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Just ASK

Why do I have to learn this lesson over and over and over again?

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On Housekeeping: My Messy Beautiful

Our house, like many I would imagine, has floorboards that run the length of..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Divergent

Exploring self concept and critical thinking with Beatrice/Tris. Warning:..

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Goodbyes

Yesterday I had two very different and monumental goodbyes.  I said goodbye..

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Lessons From Thelma

The woman who has been “granny” for nearly 14 years died last week at the..

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Ah, Weather

I know I shouldn’t care about the weather, but I do. And I know the weather..

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In Pursuit of the Perfect Bag

I was in NYC last week and scored my first “street bag” in the nearly three..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Fahrenheit 451

Exploring society and empathy with Guy and Clarisse. Warning: SPOILERS ensue!

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Yes and Both

So you know how we like to say that some people are extroverts and some..

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Life

A dear friend of mine is in the midst of a  crisis, and it is heartbreaking...

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It's a BIT Funny

I never understood the stories about children who allegedly drew on walls or..

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Doing It All

Last week I tried to “do it all” in the most over-used, traditional..

Ali
Leaders in Literature - Harry Potter

Exploring effective and ineffective leadership with Professor Dumbledore and..

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When You Don't Know What You Don't Know

In the year between graduating from college and returning for grad school, I..

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Take Off

I hate the “take-off” portion of flying. Since I am typically on an airplane..

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Tapestries and Verses
p>My children could not be more different. Take this scene from the bathroom..
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On Falling

There was a great blog in the Harvard Business Review last May by Peter..

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Another New Year

Happy New Year! Like many of you reading this, I am ringing in the first..

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Looking Fear In the Face

In a post about a year and a half ago called “Awareness,” I talked about my..

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Ode To A Mini Van

I love my mini van.  I know there are some out there who “rage against the..

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Just In Case

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Facing the Crash

I got in my first “accident” just shortly after acquiring both my license..

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Sometimes, It's Really That Simple

When I was about seventeen, some friends and I went to a big arena concert..

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Monster Mom

Last spring I talked about my realization that I was the Worst Mom Ever, and..

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Freeing Your Inner Rock Star

Last week my daughter “taught” in my son’s pre-school class.

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I'm Righter Than You

It seems to me lately that everyone has an overwhelming need to be right.

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Control

A few weeks back I had a one day trip in and out of New York City. My schedule..

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Assertive Flowing

My almost2-½-year-old son is very clear about what he wants and doesn’t..

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There Is No There There

This past summer I planned to take about three consecutive weeks off in July..

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The Promise of Underpants

This is the kind of post my son is going to read when he is thirteen and say..

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Yellow Jackets, Take 2

Last January I (with moderately inexplicable timing) wrote about yellow..

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Game ON!

Last week I wrote about thoughts that had spun off as a result of my son..

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A Cup of Golden Sun

One of my two-year-old son’s favorite songs to sing recently is “Do-Re-Mi”..

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The Letting Go

My daughter started kindergarten two weeks ago, and suddenly she belongs to..

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After The Kids Are Asleep

Last night my husband and I pretended that we were going to go to sleep..

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In the Weeds

I recently heard a colleague say “I’m in the Weeds!” when expressing how..

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Love to be Loved

When I was in elementary school I was taking swimming lessons at our local..

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Don't Stop Believing

Probably my favorite viral clip from the past year is the “Pep Talk” by the..

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Split Second Chances

My favorite job of all time happened in the summer between my sophomore and..

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Leave the Edges Wild

A friend once forwarded me an episode of the series “The Song That Changed..

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On Mothering

My daughter turned five on Sunday. I can’t believe she is already five and..

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No

My kids hate the word “no.” For my daughter, hearing “no” when she wants..

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Slow Hands, Fast Car... and a Little Bit of Luck

This past Sunday marked the 97th running of the Indy 500, the world’s most..

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Agape

Once again my mouth is agape at the news. This time, at the horrific tornado..

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What Hurts

Last week my daughter got a scratch on her finger the size of nothing at..

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Ice

When my husband and I first looked at the house that would eventually become..

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Lessons From a Two-Year-Old

My son is about to turn two, and I have been thinking lately that he pretty..

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Going Once!

My children’s school just had their annual Spring Fling: a weekend filled..

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Dear World

Dear World,

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Intersections

My husband and I were musing the other night over the many colorful..

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Maybe It's Just Me

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes it is quite clear to me that I am the..

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Housekeeping

I don’t know how people keep a nice house, ever.

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The Most Magical Place on Earth

As you may have inferred from my not-quite-a-blog post last week, I was..

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Wings and Whimsy Button!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you..

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Awake

I’ve never liked waking up. In fact, I clearly remember that as a young girl..

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Yay Me!

My son, who will be two years old in May, has become quite..

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Don't Hate Valentines Day: Somebody to Love

This Thursday is Valentine’s Day—a day loved, loathed, and mocked by many.

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Roses and Thorns

My daughter (not quite five) and I got into a ridiculous fight last night..

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Help

My 20-month old son has formally entered the phase commonly known as the..

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Stop Signs

With a double major in theatre and telecommunications, I graduated college..

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Yellow Jacket

Despite the fact that it is the very frigid middle of winter, for some..

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New Year

I’ve never much been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I think this is partly..

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Unthinkable

Heading to the airport Friday night after a long week in NYC, I passed a..

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Cube

In the early 90s my college roommates and I traveled to see the first ever..

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Busy Busy Busy

I don’t have time to write this blog.

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Practical

I used to sort of roll my eyes when people would make plans and decisions..

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Somethings

I’ll never forget the day my siblings and I said our final goodbye to our..

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'Til it's Gone

When it comes to colds and other minor health disturbances I’ve always taken..

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Speechless

“Super Storm Sandy” has just lapped the edges of Indiana, but even so we’ve..

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Different

I dragged my daughter with me the other day to purchase myself new pair of..

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The Golden Rule

Erika's reflection on how the Golden Rule plays out for her, both at work..

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On Grace and Gratitude

After a quick stop in Connecticut at the end of my recent trip east, I..

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Forty

I am staring a forty. Staring pretty closely, actually, as it’s just six..

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CHECK!

I’ve decided to stop making to-do lists, as it has become clear that they..

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Changing Landscapes

I once rear-ended a city bus. During the busy morning commute. A city bus..

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The Things We Carry

I was in New York City working last week, and on one evening participated in..

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On Wings and Whimsy

Today’s society pushes for us to be extraordinary in all things.

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Pencils and Possibilities

I love pencils. Freshly sharpened, classic #2 pencils. I love the smell of a..

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A Love Story: My First Car

"My first car" is something you can only say once. In this post, Erika..

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Within the Lines

So much of life seems to depend on simply staying within the lines. Erika..

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Fireflies

Ah, summer. Cookouts and swimming pools; hot days and lazy nights. And, of..

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Angel Whisperer

Watching the U.S Open in golf recently, it occurred to me that in another..

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Shark Attack

My mom and I once almost got attacked by a shark, sort of.

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Ghost Story

What’s real and what’s fiction?

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Funny

Sometimes life is not funny.  Not. Funny.

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Happiness

At a meeting the other day, a very astute colleague made an off-hand comment..

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Change

My kids moved into their new classrooms yesterday. For my son, this meant..

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Beautiful

At not-quite-four years old, my daughter has already acquired an awareness..

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Awareness

The other day I was leaving a store equipped with automated doors—the kind..

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The T-Shirt

I have a “t-shirt” that I adore. My husband would laugh at the use of the..

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May Day

Happy May Day!

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Brown M&Ms: The Rest of the Story

What can Van Halen and brown M&Ms teach us about reading the whole story?

 ..

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The Sock Monster

I have discovered the secret of the Sock Monster.

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Words

One morning not too long ago, I was encouraging my 3-year old daughter to..

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Waiting for The Scary Thing

As I approached the due date of my first child, I remember telling people..

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Dance Your Way Through

Many years ago, my family was vacationing in Florida, and we went to one of..

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