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As of March 31, 2014, this site, A Bigger Voice, will be shut down. Instead, I hope you join me at my new site,, where I not only blog, but have lots more resources to help wisdom entrepreneurs. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at A Bigger Voice
KB--Thanks for contributing your wisdom (pithy and concise) to this thread. Much appreciated! Dave--you and I have a shared love of learning and being givers. It shows up in both our beliefs and actions, doesn't it? Shawn--I had that same surgery about 15 years ago, to correct TMJ, so I can sympathize! I'm guessing you are on a liquid diet for awhile--at least that was part of my recovery phase. I hope you continue to have a smooth recovery. I discovered Debbie Ford's work this year, right after she died, and read her book, The Secret of the Shadow. Powerful stuff. I love the compassion and courage that comes with her approach to embracing both the light and dark. Her take on life is inspiring. It must have been quite an experience to see her speak. Thanks for the links to her work. I have read the Four Agreements and it's been awhile. They deserve a re-reading, as I agree they are both simple and transformative. Had not heard that there is a sequel but it sounds like it's worth checking out. So many books, and so little time! Thanks, Shawn, for your thoughtful comments and kind words.
I dreaded the day as well, Stacia. And that's one of the surprises I had in this recent reflection. For me, the story I told myself about what it would be like is not the story that I am living now. Not better or worse, just different.
Thanks, Beth, for stopping by. Yes, it does go fast. One of the reasons that I write is because I don't want to forget these moments of my life that looking back, are so precious. Human minds are notoriously unreliable--and forgetful. Enjoy your baby birds while they are at home!
Sarah--thanks for your comments. Your dog must have been very special to you--I like how you describe missing her, years later, "in a wistful way". Agree that the loss and pain are worth going through.
Ed--I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. A loyal friend is a jewel to be treasured. I have a friend who has lost two golden retrievers over the years and she's told me that the pain fades away over time, while the memories and good feelings continue on. I hope that is the case for you. Laila, Marci, and Jim--Thank you for your comforting and kind words. Writing this piece has been healing--to focus on the good memories and see Yama's life over time, rather than his last few days. I'm grateful that I can express what is in my heart and glad that I can share it with others.
Glad you stopped by, Natalie. Love your insight that we can have material abundance and still not feel worthiness. Things don't make us feel worthy. Only people (ourselves included) can make us feel worthy.
Hey, thanks, Laura, for the kind words. Yes, we are enough, aren't we? Appreciate the vote of confidence on writing a book! It's not calling me at this moment, but I trust that I'll know when the time is right.
Beth--Thanks for pointing out the ordinary transforming to extraordinary aspect. We ARE living in an age of abundance, if you think about what each of us has access to. Laura--Namaste. The divine in me bows to the divine in you. Hope you are well. Pat---It's a life time journey to get out of one's way, isn't it? If you are interested in seeing the shoe, go to and click on the Welcome in the upper right corner and click on "Shoes from A-Z". Then go to the shoe named "Travel", under T. Deb--Thank you for your support and encouragement. Means a lot to me, knowing you are a such a fine writer. We are thinking along the same lines re: Kate. I woke up this morning thinking that I wanted to send the post to the owner of the company, asking her to pass on to Kate. Deb Siverson--Yep, all of Santa Fe seems to be awash in gorgeous colors, especially this time of year. Forsythia were already blooming.
Glad you enjoyed it, Ronald. I appreciate your special passion for "creative aging". My visit with Lula this week was even better than expected, as she shared with me her memories of growing up on a farm in a small Midwestern town. It made me realize how many changes she's seen in her lifetime and how the simplest things--connecting with another human being--are timeless.
You are so right that stories are right in front of us, every day, if we choose to pay attention! It's one of the reasons I started this blog, as a way to capture those stories...and make meaning of my own life. I'm glad that by sharing, it helps you and others. And yes, would love to meet you the next time I'm in Chicago! I'll be sure to announce the next meetup in Chicago (Oct 2013) on this blog.
Communicate. Engage. Simple words that are hard to do well. Here are three great resources that have helped me communicate to and engage with my tribe more effectively: The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever. A book on how to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2013 at A Bigger Voice
On January 1, it was announced that I am one of the finalists in the Awesome Engagement Strategies Contest, sponsored by I entered as a way to spread an idea that worked incredibly well for connecting with my tribe--meetups... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at A Bigger Voice
My big lesson this week: Write about what really bugs you. And then solve a problem for others. Photo by jjpacres Last fall, I was frustrated by how I saw people were using LinkedIn endorsements--without much thought, and creating more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at A Bigger Voice
Thanks, Dave, for your kind words! I do my best writing when inspiration hits. I read a lot of books. It occurred to me yesterday the unique mix that makes Dan Pink's writing distinctive and appealing. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am trying to put the concepts into practice.
Good to see you again, MJ. Good luck with your transition--a huge turning point, from what you describe! Relief is a good sign--sounds like you are ready to work on the next chapter.
This past summer, I volunteered my time to work with a "Fellow" from the Unreasonable Institute, an accelerator for social entrepreneurs from around the globe. One of the things that I admire about this organization is their ability to package... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at A Bigger Voice
Middle of the night inspiration usually makes for my best writing. This one was no different. Thanks for your kind words, Pamela.
Hey, Tanja, thanks for stopping by. Glad that this resonated. I know that you've had several big turning points in your life...
Thanks, Deb, for your enthusiasm as well as your way with words. (Your made up words are *the best*.) I hope all is well in your world!
Thanks, Janey, for stopping by. Blogging helps me as much as it helps my readers. With age, it's easy to forget key insights or even simple events that have meaning. Writing it down helps me remember...
Community-building is work that feeds the soul. It not only does good in the world, it makes you a better human being, for having connected deeply to your fellow man (or woman). So I'm delighted to point to two resources... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at A Bigger Voice
In my 2009 interview with social media analyst, Jeremiah Owyang, he noted that building a community has to be done both online and in-person to be effective. He talked about how he makes time for meetups when he's traveling, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at A Bigger Voice
Thanks, Pat, for your beautiful description of planting seeds when children are young and letting them go as a necessary part of the unfolding of their lives. I agree that it is exciting to see what lies ahead for our children/grandchildren.
I shed a few tears myself in writing this piece. And when something I write strikes a deep emotion with you, I can think of no greater honor as a writer. Thanks for your comment, Cindy.