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Inspire. Empower. Connect.  Motivate. Encourage. Uplift. Provoke.  Heart-felt writing. That's what you'll find here from me, Mary anne em radmacher.  Occasionally I provide something worth laughing about.  RSS in lower right hand corner - delivers it to your inbox.

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Going A New Way Home

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 3:40 PM

I traveled without knowing it was by my side and suddenly, poof, like a white rabbit pulled from the black hat of winter, there it was. It must be magic. The Ziggurat of Ur transported to this foreign place and standing like stacked wedding cakes, frosted white, atop the pinnacle.

The asphalt passed under my vehicle and became wooden wheels on a wagon, then the hooves of a strong horse as my thoughts took me back to the time before yellow lines, painted houses, stop lights and inters...

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My Friend Is Dying / I LOVE Your Shoes

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 5:45 PM

My friend is dying.  Inoperable-we've-done-everything-we-can-for-you cancer. This ain't her first rodeo. She's visited oncology a LOT of times.  This time, out of options, they've sent her to hospice.  She's known for many things, my tall soul.  Epic trainer.  Mad research skills.  Stellar coach. Funny as hell.  Well, how'd THAT phrase come out?  Hell's nothing to be laughed at and yet here I am, writing for all to read that she's "Funny as Hell." ...

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Paul Simon sang, "I know what I know..."

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Fascinating.  You know what you know.

You simply forget that you know.

Connecting to our core passion, remembering and doing what matters, being in alignment with our deepest values are all components of a wildly rewarding life.  And then, we get busy.  Working. Attending. Responding. Answering. Watching. Saying YES when we long to say NO. In the vortex of all that wild life-weather, we forget what we know.

I remember. I do what matters (most of the time). I ...

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On The Subject of Asking for Help and Accepting Offers of Help...

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 10:55 PM


He’s called “Mr. Brilliant,” for good reason. Some time back John F. Ptak faced A Very Large Medical Issue. Very. Large.


And then...The “How?” of “How can we manage this?” became “How can I accept such

Grand Offers of Help from so many people?” Something I am facing and, by extension, David is facing these days. On his own David’s attitude is very straight forward. David is grate...

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Posted on June 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM

I have been receiving so many gifts, lately. Friends are being helpful as I anticipate major surgery (brain surgery) for my husband. My birthday's coming along. And, because I have such generous friends, I get gifts for no particular reason at all.  I looked around last evening as I was busy being enchanted with three vintage wobble dolls (I've been writing a  lot on social media about "the wobble" you can find me on Facebook maryanneradmacher10).  Wanting to have these wobble ...

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Have You Listened To The News Lately?

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 1:25 PM

I said to a poet, "I can hardly  stand to read the news - there's so little I can do."  His response?  "Knowing is doing."  A little knowledge goes a long way.  Sometimes the news leads me to silly antidotes - like putting a chicken hat on my head.  Other times, the news prompts me to take a specific action.  Last fall a young man in my country took his life, and the life of several of his friends.  What grief.  It impacted me deeply.  Within ...

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ALL IN Looks Different Than You Might Think

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 2:25 PM

This is my dog Woodrow.  He's ALL IN.  His tail is wagging wildly and his big dog haunches are poking up in the air.  When he came up for clean air the uppoer portion of his dog body was covered in dirt. He shook it off but a lot of it came home with him.  I know. I  the person in charge of the vacuum. 

I take a lot of lessons from this.  When I am ALL IN, utterly committed to something, ...

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Thinking of Scale and Circles

Posted on February 8, 2015 at 4:40 PM

I'm just going to say it.  Bigger is not always better. Sometimes small is elegant and productive and spiritually rewarding.

I get helpful suggestions from inventive and imaginative peoplel all the time. "Here's how you could make more money."  "Here's an idea that might work for you."  "You could scale that production model and increase your income by _______________%."  All well intended. In many cases, correct. 

And. Not. Where. I'm. Standing Rig...

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Seize the Regret/Wishing VOID

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 3:20 PM

What would it be like if all the seconds, minutes and moments that are taken up with wishing and regrets were instead seized for leaning forward into your life?  How would a day change?  Instead of that musing over coffee over the longing you have to start the next creative project...you might, instead, start it.  I love to say "start starting."  The START is one of the hardest parts.  It's easier to live with an idea in your head and complain that you haven't the tim...

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Do You Get A Choice?

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Yes.  I know I get choices.

You get all kinds of choices.  What holiday(s) you celebrate. And how. And when.  Really.  The various faith and season based celebrations can deliver themselves with all kinds of obligations.  You get to CHOOSE if you pick up those obligations. Or not.

Christmas had become a very stressful day in my household.  My husband gives gifts when he finds them or makes them. He does not enjoy begin told by a calendar or anyo...

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