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A Hidden Jewel of Epic Proportions…

Once upon a time, a very mature woman discovered a hidden jewel of epic proportions. For so long, she had no idea of its existence. Upon discovery, she became enchanted by its ensuing sparkle and lure. What was this gem that attracted the woman of a certain age? How...

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A Tale of Alienation & Inability To Get Unstuck

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." Confucius Once upon a time, a beautiful set of twins were born. The mother had been very eager to deliver her children. Tragically, the husband died in the middle of her pregnancy, and she did everything she...

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Get Unstuck & Let The Rivers Flow….

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." Mandy Hale Have you ever thought about the fact that the universe is constantly in flux? Movement never ceases. The earth never stops its rotation around the...

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Yes, You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

"Change is inevitable. Progress is optional." Tony Robbins "If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies." Unknown Are people capable of change? Yes! Can it happen at any age? If they are open to the challenge and are willing to work on such a change, yes...

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More Everyday Miracles & Gifts To Humanity

"Don’t believe in miracles; depend on them."  Lawrence J. Peter "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."          Albert Einstein A few weeks ago, there was an Op-Ed in the Wall...

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Everyday Miracles – Humanity At Its Best!

"For those of us who believe in the value of every human life, there isn't any more inspiring work under way in the world today."     Bill Gates     "Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity."       Confucius     A few months ago, a lovely older client of...

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Grit True & Through

"Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness." John Ortberg "What ever happened to that good old American quality - grit?" Arnold H.  "Kids with more grit are more likely to succeed." Ken Whytock Recently, the idea of "Grit" has come to the...

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Friends, Friends, Friends = Natural High

"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." Marlene Dietrich "Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend." Bill Watterson "Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant." Socrates Last month, the...

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You are a gifted speaker and possess a wonderful ability to connect with a diverse audience.

Ilene Swartz

LICSW, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA

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