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What Fills You Up?

There were so many marvelous and unexpected outcomes from my Wilkes Barre adventure last week that I wanted to share a few with you. Because, like George Carlin said: “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” I...

A 10-Hour Blind Date

Following one lead after another, which I do, I was introduced to Melanie Falick, the author of Making a Life. During a phone conversation in early June, she described a friend of hers who lives near Wilkes Barre, PA, who has the most extensive felted wool...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

My birthday is sacred to me and also happens to be a national holiday – the Fourth of July.  I’d planned a trip to California to be with family on The Day. My brother generously invited me to celebrate at a neighborhood restaurant near him. Perfect! I would party...

My Latest Re-connection: Heidi Nehlsen

I've been over-achieving on my commitment to reach out each week for a 1:1 conversation as a means of networking, marketing and filling time till post-pandemic life resumes. I'm so excited by this self-assignment that I can hardly contain my enthusiasm. We're 7...

Wednesday Women to Watch For: Rebecca Welz

Can you imagine conducting a seminar in China? For weeks before flying to Shanghai, my friend and colleague Rebecca Welz was abuzz with excitement and joy in preparation for hers. She'd been invited by her student at Pratt Institute to conduct a workshop in China...

Three Things People Do in June – Part 3

Take a look at your business now that we're halfway through 2018 Attend a reunion Go on vacation That's my short list of what many entrepreneurs do in June. Weddings, graduations, and Fathers Day may have been on your list, if you quantify things like this, but...

When to Treat…Yourself

I'll never fly Cheapo Airlines again. I must not've read the fine print on my printed reservation to Miami Beach which clearly states: Basic Economy is the most economical fare class.  This is a great way to save money if your travel plans aren't going to change,...

Want to Know What I Learned After 7 Days of Silence?

Me, too. I'm not sure. I said to the leader during our 15 minute interview - one of the two times we were allowed to interact verbally - "I'm not sure this is working." She listened sympathetically, nodded and affirmed my not knowing. "I once sat a three month...

An Adventure While Waiting

If you read my most recent post, you know that I have a little bit of time on my hands. On Tuesday, with an afternoon and evening wide open, I decided to investigate a new grocery store chain I'd heard of: Aldi's. It was billed as kind of like Trader Joe's only...

Writing Retreat – Leaving Tomorrow

I know everyone says this, but I can't believe how quickly these two weeks have gone! I arrived 13 days ago, and I leave tomorrow afternoon. I'm completely satisfied with the experience and am also eager to go back home. I wrote 12 pages today, and if I complete 8...

Day 12 – 10 Pages = Dinner Out!

With only one full day left to go after today on my writing retreat, I wanted to keep my output up. I hit the keyboard at 8am and finished printing out the first 10 pages of Chapter 8 by 2pm. I knew that I'd be driving to Stowe later in the afternoon to meet good...

Day 11 – Which Road Would You Travel?

With no plans at all on my calendar today, I wanted to break up my writing hours with an outing at lunchtime. I'd read positive reviews of the Norwich Square Cafe on TripAdvisor, so put it into googlemaps and had to pick from three alternate routes. Since they were...

Writing Retreat – Day 10

Wow, double digits for my time here in VT, which means I have only a few more days left in my two week rental. I've gotten great traction on my page count and am feeling satisfied regarding my output. I love the writing life as well as being completely independent...

Day 9 of Writing Retreat – A Day Off

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In the spirit of that quote, I took a good part of today off. There was an Al-Anon convention in Brattleboro that I thought I'd check out. It was well attended, and I stayed for two of the breakout sessions. Then, as I...

Writing Retreat – Tomorrow will be one week.

Maybe I'm going a little stir crazy, but my eyes definitely deceived me when I took a walk tonight after dinner. Writing is so sedentary, and not having errands to do or subways to catch, I'm on my derriere for great lengths of time here in Vermont. I wanted to add...