ONE PHONE CALL, ONE MESSAGE, IT’S DONE

It was about 2:30 pm three days ago, and the phone rang.  It was the President of my Publishing Firm and he said. “I'm standing by the press that is rolling off your new work.  He added——Looks good and great work!" …….In  less than 24 hours, I was holding this new book.  It was a lifetime of stories that have changed my life and the lessons learned from those stories.  Small town girl to author and counselor and then on to entrepreneurship.  Stories  of giving a speech to the first lady of th...
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Holidays Bring the Best and the Worst

My worst holiday season was when I was a new young mother, just having given birth to a daughter and my dad committed suicide on Christmas Eve.  The shock lasted for years and still pops up during the holiday season. My best Christmases are when I am with Joe and my grown family of three children, their spouses and seven grandchildren.  In recently reading Terry Hershey’s book titled Sanctuary, he creates a concept of having Sanctuary as a place you can go and be safe and also having a Sanctu...
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Mixed Holiday Season

Feeling pulled apart at this time of the year? The three major focuses are family (historical and current), work (have to) social life and personal time. That’s a heavy load anytime, but during the holiday obligations often times spiral out of control. Wish there was some magical way to evenly prioritize the categories. There “isn’t”. They are all important.  The only way I have learned to manage this time is to recognize and face that I can’t do everything in every category.  That means I have ...
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The Last Lap by Amy

Hello from Sharon Cruse, As we approach the holiday season, we sometimes feel overwhelmed and like we can’t do it all. When I heard about Ian’s story, it felt like the perfect holiday message, so would like to share it.  It's called THE LAST LAP and is written by Amy.  Happy holidays everyone. (more…)
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Timeless Time

Have you ever awakened one morning and clearly knew it was time for something in your life to end. It has happened to me many times, but two times were very big.  Twenty years ago, I knew it was time for me to stop working in my career. I was a family therapist specializing in the fields of mental health and addictions. I was at the top of career. I really loved every minute of it. However, one morning, I felt like Garrison Keilor (Prairie Home Companion Storyteller) when he said, “ I have been ...
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We All Make Mistakes

Our home for 12 years had been a rustic and beautiful log cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  It had a humongous storage area in the attic and we used it to store everything we didn’t use and yet wanted to keep.  There were all my babies special items in case I would have grandchildren, my 22 yard satin wedding dress in case either of my daughters wanted to use it for their wedding, my mother’s blond furniture from the 50’s and a standing ashtray, now an antique or good prop for the TV sh...
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A Hard Decision

Both my soulmate Joe and I  have been accused of working way too much, bordering on workaholism.  The problem is that we loved our work so much, we couldn’t decide what was work and what was play. Taking time off was something hard to do for each of us.  We made a pact that in a particular year,  we were going to take a significant vacation.   That brought up one of our big differences.  My husband is social person, a risk taker and loves lots of excitement.  I am reflective, need more alone tim...
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It Takes a Village

My lesson learned is that "the human spirit" can recover and heal. It takes patience, gut level sharing with family and friends, research, and lots of soul searching. It also takes love from those that mean a great deal. (family and friends). I am also fortunate because I believe in counseling and advice. I have two mentors who have helped me through this last year. Last year was devastating with the serious illness of my youngest daughter, the illness and quick death of my younger Sister, famil...
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