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Happy Birthday to Me! April 11, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me! April 11, 2017

Good morning world!

Isn;t it GREAT to be alive?  So much to be grateful for, so many games to play in this life - but which are those that are capturing my mind and heart this morning?

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The Entrepreneur Journey: Social Media

The Entrepreneur Journey: Social Media

Hi everyone,

Has it really been ages since I wrote here?  What have I been doing?  Tons of work developing our business at www.Doctoralnet.com. Rather than try to catch you up now, I'll just send on bits and pieces that strike me.  Social media is changing the world of entrepreneurship - but how?  This graphic catches my eye as part of the explanation.

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The Joy of WebWork

The Joy of WebWork

This is a fast 30 second blog, but I just felt and overwhelming happiness about working on the web.  Yesterday I had a webconference with 12 people - from 4 countries.  Today I emailed my professor partners at Doctoralnet one of whom lives in Panama and the other in India - our meetings are great fun as we share similarities and differences way beyond what would have been possible if I had stayed in the United States.

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Happy New Year 2013 and May We Enjoy The Pleasures And Challenges in Diversity!

Happy New Year 2013 and May We Enjoy The Pleasures And Challenges in Diversity!

We spent New Year’s Eve at our friends house eating authentic Chinese food. There are very few things which I find as luscious as immersing myself, one way or another, in someone else’s culture, and of course food is one of the greatest delights. Warm memories of these shared hours is what causes me to focus on challenges and pleasures inherent in interacting with diverse people and cultures as my topic today and is part of my commitment for 2013 to feel more joy in life through greater awareness of my moment to moment existence.

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Day Two: the Joy of a Puppy Pile

Day Two: the Joy of a Puppy Pile

My parents and Margie’s parents would never have allowed dogs on the bed.

I was taught that dogs have to know their place in life or things run amok. While ours were “inside” dogs, as opposed to “outside” dogs, those which never, or hardly ever, came in the house, they still lived (and I can still hear my Dad's voice say this) on the floor. Contrast this with our friends Lynne and Patrick would never have had a dog before they had Monty and so learned the ins and outs of that relationship much on their own, as adults, in tandem with Monty, who of course believed that he should sit on the furniture in the bed.

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Year's End: Looking ahead to 2013

Year's End: Looking ahead to 2013

30 December 2012

Years end is always a good time to look around inside where you are, to question is it where you want to be, and to decide where you can go next. This year I am generally very well satisfied with where I am, at the edges 60 years old, and feel as though I’m living a rich and varied life. Therefore, I have three desires in combination with New Year’s resolutions that I’m going to put forth.

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10 Years Younger: Helping the Emotional/Spiritual Path to Youthful Living

10 Years Younger: Helping the Emotional/Spiritual Path to Youthful Living

This is the third section, 5th video in the series of workshops, produced in 2012 on tips and tricks for feeling 10 years younger.  While aimed at those reiventing our lives over 60, these ideas are appropriate for all of us at any age who want to live the good life.  Remember - much is to be said about the power of our minds and that connection to our body and spirits!  The more we do to connect "all the dots" the happier and healthier we are.

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It All Starts Here: Attitude
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It All Starts Here: Attitude

My partner is very good with children. If you know anyone who works well with children you know that there is a skill or talent to constantly massaging them pass to their own fears and self-doubts. When Margie does this, she's scaffolds, or builds in small steps, on what they can already do and feel comfortable with.

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happiness practice

Tracking ongoing happiness

Today I am spending the day with analytics - while it would have been that this was also a day eating all day, now I have a few other destractions that are working for me: 1) pomorium tool to track time and play a game every so often in the middle of my work, and 2) great world music which plays while I sit on my exercise ball as I work.  Its been a productive day as I found a few new tools and have worked on creating my first info graphics which I'll use on the new site for doctoralnet.com.

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Reinvention is Dead: Long Live Redefinition!

7 October, 2012: I woke up this morning musing on words, their power, and how they subtly show us the differences in our ongoing life experience. In other words, my language has shifted, indicating, upon reflection, a deeper change, and the words were there before my understanding of myself emerged. Anyone who is familiar with this site, or my work for the last 10 years, will know that reinventing life has been my underlying value – cutting across everything I write about, think about, or say.

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The Nature of Reality: What is the Self?

What is the Self?  is linked to the question of What is the nature of reality?- something that this website discusses from many angles.

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Don't Give Up on Your Dreams: "Life is Incredible"

The nature of reality is that it is what we make of it.  This is a hard truth but SO visible in this short film.

Are you or anyone you know discouraged these days?  Thinking about giving up?

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Christmas comes early? Time Saving strategies

The nature of reality is that we have to move when we are inspired and take the pressure off ourselves by not moving when we are not.  I know it may sound like anarchy to the time managment movement, but when inspired to play around with our wedding pictures for Christmas Cards I just "went for it."  Then days later Shutterfly had a coupon for 10 free cards!  So here we are folks - one more thing done for Christmas!  Now if the perfect gifts for those we love would just fall out of the sky for us as well we will be sailing.  May all your inspirations work out so well.

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