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What shall I be feeling?

what shall I be feeling?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I woke up on Canada Day in a slump. And I mean a big slump. An – I don’t want to do anything, I feel horribly listless about life in general type of slump. It was bad. I knew I had two options. I could

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How the Capelin Roll

capelin

I put on my coat, slip into my rainboots, and walk to the car with a spring in my step. We are on our way to see the capelin roll. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can learn more here. But in short, the capelin are

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The Power of This Moment

this moment

My whole life I’ve struggled with being happy – or at least with being happy for any extended period of time. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. At times happiness seems like this elusive thing, in our grasp for one fleeting moment at a time. When I was a child

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Go Ahead – Follow Love

do what you love

The past two posts I’ve talked about fear and courage. My life has been filled with a lot of both of those lately. Yesterday I was trying to think about what was meaningful for me to share this week – I came up with nothing. Yesterday I also happened to

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A little bit of Courage can go a long, long way.

courage

In my last post I talked about fear. On the other side of that is the elusive little quality of spirit we call courage. Courage can come in many different forms. The pursuit of courage is part of why we watch movies, read books, and follow the tales of notable people.

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Fear in the Fray

Fear is a moment

I’ve talked about fear before. For my faithful followers – remember the whole Pitch the Publisher scenario? Now that was scary. Some causes of fear you’re aware of – they loom before you, clouding your vision, preventing you from acting, perhaps enabling you with superhuman powers of procrastination. Other fears

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When April Showers Just Bring May Ice Fog

What’s that saying? April Showers Bring May Flowers? Well, what about when it doesn’t – not at all, not even a little bit – what about when April’s showers bring snow, ice fog and really cold drizzle that whips you in the face? I’ve always been the type of person

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You can do it – Kill your darlings

Said in some form by Stephen King, William Faulkner, and some guy named Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (whom I’d never heard of before today), it’s an annoying phrase for most writers: kill your darlings. For editors it’s a little more pleasant or at least satisfying.  Although when it comes to editing, it’s

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Be the Bison

I’ve been teaching a course on Communication Skills. In the process I also took a course on teaching Communication Skills and was being mentored by a seasoned instructor.  It has been an extremely revealing experience and through the course for instructors, the experience with my mentor, and the process of

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Rolling Out of Bed

The mind is a funny, funny thing.  So powerful, so intricate, and yet so very weak.  Strongly connected to the power of the mind is this thing called resolve.  In theory, I have loads of resolve.  I have goals and dreams and things on my list of ‘to-do’s that are

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