The Three Words That Brought Me Peace

The decks have cleared. In the life of a woman whom I’ve never met, Yet who felt compelled to share her story with me. Folks do that. I guess that’s the gift I get for sharing my bumpy road to happy here on these pages. A gift I love. She shared how her career had soared among some of the highest positions in Washington. How once she was the youngest this. The most accomplished that. And then, Seemingly, Suddenly she

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Janitor Graduates From College He Spent Decade Cleaning

Michael Vaudreuil didn’t set out to be a janitor. But he sure was grateful for the job when his world fell apart. Here’s a man who had his own plastering business, but lost everything when the recession hit in 2007. Everything. His business, his home, his car. This tremendous man did what he had to. Took the only job he could find. Turns out it was at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachussettes. Just to break up the boredom he took

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Much More To Magnificence Than Just Motherhood

For you, Magnificent Woman–who is a creator whether or not you have kids, Mother’s Day. I actually write about magnificent aunts and women without children in my book,  “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing Her Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.”   And here is my column that ran this last week in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Dayton Daily News and other Cox Newspapers across the country. You, who thinks

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Princeton Professor Posts Resume Of His Failures For World To See

I’m applauding Princeton professor Johannes Haushofer who did something really bold–he posted a CV, a resume of all his FAILURES to his Twitter feed. How refreshing is this during this age where everyone is boasting how great their life is. So many are so quick to toot their own horn, it looks like success comes easy to everyone else? That’s why Prof. Haushofer said he did it. At the top of the CV, he writes, “Most of what I try fails,

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Posing Nude: 11 Women Celebrate Their Weight Loss

It’s one thing to lose some weight, it’s another to feel confident enough to be posing nude in a national magazine. That’s what 11 women did as they celebrated their weight loss in Weight Watcher’s Magazine. People Magazine reports The May/June issue features women who have lost a range of 12-87 pounds through Weight Watchers. Some had excess weight from earlier pregnancies, some had health conditions, some were dealing with mental challenges. Each woman decided now was her time. To get healthy.

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Innocent Man Befriends Crooked Cop Who Framed Him

An innocent man, an incredible man, a magnificent man has me thinking today. Thinking. Searching. Wondering. Do I have a drop of the magnificence he does when it comes to forgiveness? I’m pretty sure not. And yet, I’m still so inspired by this story. Caught my breath more than once as I watched it. Dropped more than a few tears, as well. I hope you’re as moved. And inspired. Here’s another wonderfully told story from CBS News’ Steve Hartman. For

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The Unexpected Price Of My Dream Coming True

I had a bill come due this week. The kind of bill they don’t tell you about. The price you must pay for a dream coming true. You could’ve walked right past us and not known what a bittersweet moment was taking place. A simple visit with my two nephews. My brother’s boys. The boys who have been my treasures since the day each was born. Which happened on the other side of the country. No matter. At least four

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The Lesson Waiting For Me On My Shower Floor

This is not the place to boast. Or brag. It’s not what I like to do here. And yet. I find the need to share. To make hooray. For me. For something I did this week. Something that until I did it, seemed far beyond my reach. My possibility. It happened on Wednesday. Okay. Here it is. I shampooed my hair. Reached my arms up over my scalp. And scrubbed. It’s possible I have underwhelmed you, Dear Reader? “Shampoo your

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How A Burn Victim Became An Online Beauty Inspiration And Star

Shalom Nchom, is a burn victim who is known as Shalom Blac to her thousands of YouTube fans. She was severely injured and scarred when she was burned by hot oil when she was a child. Badly scarred, she used makeup as a way to protect herself from bullying. Glamour Magazine has a great piece where Shalom describes what it is to look different, how her pain inspired her to help others. Now, Shalom shares with others how to feel beautiful —

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How A Stranger Taught Me Secret To Truly Helping A Sick Friend

I stole an hour of a remarkable woman’s time this week. For Barbara, time surely is a precious commodity. For all of us, truly. Barbara just knows it better than most of us. I would think she had better things to do than spend time talking to me, a stranger. See, Barbara is fighting for her life. Literally. This is the third time cancer has come knocking at her door. Breast cancer at 32. Again at 45. This time is

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