April 25 , 2020 /

DERAILED

(This is a compilation and revision of several earlier posts on the same topic, updated for the current crisis.) Most of us have been thrown off track.   It’s not always easy to resume, like pushing the button on speed control. There are many reasons why it’s going to be difficult to regroup our energy, purpose

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April 16 , 2020 /

“NORMAL IS A BUTTON ON THE WASHING MACHINE”

“I have often found myself in conflict with the status quo as well as with the private opinions of others. I often went against the grain, swam against the current, and resisted the tide of prevailing public opinion to not only survive but to actually thrive.”  page. x. Preface “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir” (River

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April 5 , 2020 /

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Whether all in one sitting, or one for each day of the week, or one each week for 7 weeks, put them on and see what you can do with them.  And, what they might do for you as well as those around you. 1 –  GRACE    Think of an elegant blessing, one that you

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March 28 , 2020 /

SUCCESS EQUATION

“The success equation is the combination of common vision, common values, and common purpose.”  Preface, p. ix in “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir”  (River House Press, 2013) https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Decades-Learning-Memoir-2013-09-30/dp/B01K3J28I4 During World War II, I saw that a fusion of vision, values and purpose provided a united front in order to defeat destructive forces in two different

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March 17 , 2020 /

PERSONAL SACRIFICE

At the beginning of this week, here was a question posed to a small group to consider: When are sacrifices, restrictions and limited personal freedoms a good thing? The general response was when those are for the greater good as well as one’s own well-being. In the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis everyone is

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March 2 , 2020 /

LESSONS LEARNED BUILDING A BARN

When we moved to the River House in Abiquiu, New Mexico, in 2005, we found ourselves with a wonderful house on the banks of the Chama River which we remodeled completely. It was about a mile south of the village and Georgia O’Keefe’s studio.  When we surveyed the entire property I thought we needed a

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