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ONE More Thing

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Perhaps you have said it recently,  "I can't handle one more thing."

Your days are already full to bursting of delightful opportunities, accepted obligations and tasks that don't really ring a bell but need to be done. And yet, there is always an invitation to "one more thing."

It's ironic and ever true - the busier I am, the busier I get. My best ideas knock on my door when I perceive I have the least amount of time for them. I've learned to take a strategic deep breath, ope...

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Many Roles, A Single Day

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

As I prepare for a 17 day book tour for SHE A Celebration of Greatness In Every Woman...I ponder how complex it is to get ready to

leave home for 2-1/2 weeks.  Then I remember some of my dearest friends who "left" their home never to return - thanks to the Grim

Reaper.  They were not madly preparing, fussing, doing, sorting, and in general rushing around. No, they were just living, leaning into another         

day and then they stepped...

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Find Balance

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Balance occurs in the whole not within the parts. Searching for balance in the specifics of the little bits  yields little return. At low tide, with long mud flats,  it is hard to imagine a river lapping the edges of the banks. Yet in a moon cycle there is evidence of the balance - the ebb and flow -of the tide waters.


There is imbalance in a moment. That moment of seeming asymmetry, taken as an important 

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Tears Are Punctuation Marks In A Writing Life

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Index cards remain in the drawer. The outline is folded in a file.

The "to do" list with writing projects at the top is unopened.

Today I write with my feet and my punctuation marks are tears.

The ellipses are my long exhale... Today I embrace that I write second because I live, first.

First life, then the poetry.


Posted on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I woke with a start. Was Webster, the rat terrier, sitting on my chest?  No.  No dog there.

Ohhhhhh.  THAT is sitting there.  The LIST in the day.   The "GETCHER GOIN' GOING!!!" list.

So my first note to self this morning was, "Breathe." 

100%, 100% of the Time is Overrated.

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Grief Takes Up a Lot of Heart Real Estate

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Yes, I grasped when the doctor assessed, "Your brother has the fastest growing cancer that we have identified to date."  I understand the word  fast.  And fastest.  I am familiar with cancer around the edges of it.  To take those cognitive grasps and turn them into experiences has been a roller coaster ride. 

Yesterday I tool a ride on Seattle's largest Ferris Wheel.  It motors you out over the  Puget Sound.  It gives the sense of being susp...

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Perfectly Imperfect. "Perfect."

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM

"Why aren't YOUR books featured on your web site?" asked the incredulous financial advisor, Luna Jaffe. 

I laughed. 

"You have all these other books that you recommend, but not one of yours.  Don't you have a lot of books?"

"Yes. Almost a dozen." 

Ah.  There are so many things I say about not promoting my work.  Selling my books.  Telling people, "Really -

you should buy this book - you'd love it."  But it's all blu...

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The Great Unfinished Thing

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The Great Unfinished Thing*

becomes a familiar companion after awhile. It travels

every where you travel and pulls the line taut between all your

GREAT DONE and  it, The Great UNdone. 

Completing the Great Unfinished Thing launches an utterly different

dynamic.  The string falls, loose, unpulled.  Those who are familiar with

the tight rope walk understand the disconcerting impact of slack string.

This is, in part, som...

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM


Jane K, an author, wrote after she REMEMBERed, “I am a firecracker in Maryanne's classes. She lights the fuse and the explosion that follows against a night sky is full of color surprise organized joy renewed faith. It's what life long learning should be. Much gratitude!”

REMEMBER is divided into three action blocks. On line with feedback, a secret Facebook group, surprises along the way and a google hangout....

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