Moving Forward With Friends

March 7th, 2012
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Award winning actresses Viola Davis (left) and Octavia Spencer (right)
in a scene from the Academy Award nominated film, “The Help”
“The person who tries to live alone
will not succeed as a human being.
His heart withers if it does not answer
another heart.
His mind shrinks away if he hears
only the echoes of his own thoughts
and finds no other inspiration.”
          — Pearl S. BuckRead More

Walking & Wandering

March 6th, 2012
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I was walking downtown the other day and started to think about what it would be like if I ran into my husband.  I know, I know.  There is no way that I am going to suddenly see my husband casually walking down K street or any other street near my office or my home but this is how your mind works sometimes after someone you love very much has died whether it’s a spouse, a parent, a child or a friend. Granted, my husband died eight years ago but sometimes when I’m walking my mind wanders and one thought… Read More

Happy Friday!

March 2nd, 2012
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As I recouperate from the cold and cough that kicked in at the beginning of the week, I’m beginning to feel better so thank you for your good thoughts.  Plus it’s Friday so that automatically doubles my good feelings! I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend and even if you don’t have any specific activity planned, quiet time can be good and so essential in building up mental reserves.  Or maybe I’m thinking of my own need for peace and quiet and restful times. As we work our way through Friday and slide into the weekend, here’s a… Read More

Something To Think About

March 1st, 2012
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In the midst of your grieving, be patient with yourself and others   and   do something kind for yourself each day.   Be sure to ask for help when you need it.   You are loved!… Read More

Brenda Frese’s Positive Thinking

February 29th, 2012
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When you are raising a family it is easy to get caught up in working too hard to provide for them.  Most people want to improve their family’s quality of life and it’s natural to want to give your family the material things in life that can bring excitement and joy to them.  But in the end, they are just things.  Things can’t hold your hand, tell you they love you or bring you inner peace. In the daily process of making a living, I try to put the brakes on myself and ask myself why I am working so… Read More


February 28th, 2012
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Dear Readers, Please send me your positive energy.  I need it bad.February can be a tough month.  Thank goodness it is so short.  I have been spending the past couple of days coughing, sneezing and constantly blowing my nose, drinking tea and existing on soup.  I have to say that this morning I feel a little better but the cough is still hanging on. Here in Washington, DC, we haven’t had a severe winter; in fact it never really felt as though winter settled in for any long period of time.  Surprisingly, this winter was considered mild and while we… Read More

Meryl Streep & Margaret Thatcher

February 25th, 2012
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When Hollywood hands out its little gold statuettes tomorrow night, we’ll find out how The Academy voted on the nomination of Meryl Streep and her empathetic performance in the role of Margaret Thatcher as a politician and a wife.  The story is primarily about a British woman attaining so much power in the 1980’s that she became Britian’s first woman prime minister. But the movie is also a love story and a reminder that no matter how high the government position you are elected to, no matter how much money you make, no matter how much privilege surrounds you, human… Read More

Go Green Tea

February 24th, 2012
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I write today in support of tea power; specifically the healing power of green tea. I usually start the day with two cups of regular hot tea (Red Rose, Lipton, Tetley) and then sometimes will have another in the afternoon at work.  I’m not a coffee drinker and haven’t been since I stopped smoking decades ago.  I like the way coffee smells but it has to have a lot of hot milk in it and turn into a cappuccino before I will drink it.  Coffee ice cream is also very delicious but that’s another post. Earlier in the week, I… Read More

Saying ‘I Love You’

February 23rd, 2012
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There is a lot of talk about living in the moment.  Staying in the moment.  Seizing the moment.  I constantly remind myself to practice these ideals.  Sometimes I achieve it and other times I don’t.  But author Jeffrey Zaslow got the concept and seemed to truly live it.  What an interesting and inspiring man!  Please read this beautiful story about Jeffrey Zaslow that recently ran in the New York Times.  Reporter Tara Parker-Poe says it so much better than I ever could: February 13, 2012, 5:37 pm Life’s Frailty, and the Gestures That Go a Long Way By TARA PARKER-POPE    … Read More