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Mentoring Book Reviews

Making Nice With E-Books

My paper-loving parrot, Pearl, in the process of "customizing" a copy of my (his) latest book, "Love & Feathers."

I spend all day long typing away on my laptop. It is a nice shiny new MacBook Pro and I love it, but after several hours spent together, enough is enough.

As a lifelong reader turned writer (of books and various other nonfiction-related things), the last thing I want to do when my work day...
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Emotions

Rain PTSD (and other hurricane related things)

What my childhood home (my parents' current home) looks like at the moment, after hurricane Harvey's visit this past August.

It's been approximately two and a half months since hurricane Harvey hit my home city of Houston, TX (along with lots of other cities that were on its ad hoc southern tour schedule).

Yet still, every time the sky opens up and doesn't stop right away - like, immediately, NOW - I am on the...
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Movie Mentoring

When Things We Call Entertainment Start to Get Real

Billed as "top flight entertainment," I soon discovered this film was much too real to permit me a moment's escape from reality. -Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Like most people I know, I love to watch movies.

I also have many friends who, just like me, adore reading.

My subject matter interests are varied, to say the least. From raising goats in your backyard to black holes colliding to the birth of mixed...
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Relationships

When Your Parents Get Older (and you still feel the same age)

We take a break from cleanup efforts to watch from the front door of my parents' flooded home as neighbors paddle by in kayaks.

Aging parents. This is what is on my mind of late.

It is on my mind quite a lot, too. Like all the time. Like whether I am awake or asleep, working or exercising, running errands or cleaning turtle poop off the carpet (yet again).

The other day I told my boyfriend...
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Animal Mentors

Saying No With Confidence

My parrot, Pearl, picks up the green thing and drops it into the clear "no" in any language!

"No" is not my favorite word. This includes when I am hearing "no" and also when I am saying "no."

Sometimes this results in me saying "yes" when I should be saying "no."

It's such a small word - only one syllable and two letters - and yet apparently size doesn't matter when it comes to the...
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Animal Mentors

How to Make Friends With the Unknown

Malti, mere moments after I discovered her hiding under a flowering bush just TWO BLOCKS from our casa! She didn't go far, but boy did she have an adventure into the "great unknown!"

To be honest, I can't believe I'm writing a post with this particular title.

This is because I've never been friends with the unknown.

To me, the unknown has always been like that so-called "good friend" who never wants to actually get...
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Animal Mentors

What Animals Have Taught Me About My Childhood

Pearl, my parrot, investigates Dr. Verdolin's new book, "Raised by Animals."

I learn a lot from animals every single day - this mostly on account of how I live with three of them, a parrot, a turtle and a tortoise and am auntie to a fourth, a dachshund puppy.

For instance, animals have helped me better understand my instincts and habits and where they might have originated from, especially the ancient fight-or-flight...
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Relationships

Seeing Me With Kinder Eyes

That bright burst of sunlight right near the top of this picture is what I looked like when I viewed myself through my mentor's kinder eyes.

Most of the time when I'm going about my days I forget all about how old I am.

But then sometimes, it hits 'm 46 years old.

Like, how did that happen? And so quickly, too!

Never mind that I always assumed by the time I reached this ripe old age...
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Relationships

Black, White, Tall, Short, Round, Thin, Young, Old – Does It Matter?

With all that has been occurring in my city lately, especially in the wake of hurricane Harvey, on any given day I may feel more like the small, quick but fragile lizard or the big, solid, heavy rock. I'm not sure if one is in any way preferable to the other. Ideally, in a kind and cooperative world, the rock could provide protection for the lizard, and the lizard could return the favor...
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Relationships

Misplaced Creativity (and how to send it back where it belongs)

My creative kitchen, full of wonderful inventive items I love dearly.

It would seem I can't resist developing a relationship with everything in my life.

From the coffeemaker (most wonderful BFF EVER!) to the dustpan and broom to the small cute stuffed sheep that sits on my bedside table, these aren't just "things" in my life.

They are mirrors. They are parts of I am a part of each of them.

Part of why I feel so...
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Emotions

We Are Hard-Wired for Kindness….Or Are We?

My wonderful bicycle, locked safely in the closed garage where it always stays between rides. But, of course, this won't help me one bit if I go out riding and the bike gang steals it out from under me!

According to Harry Reis, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, to be a homo sapiens is also to be predisposed towards kindness.

Unfortunately, I read about this study right after...
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Recovery

Life Is Too Short to Wear Too-Tight Shorts

My beautiful fast-growing shelled girl digging in to yet another hearty meal!

Yup. I said it. Life is too short to wear too-tight shorts.

Those aren't just words, either. They are words I live by.

It doesn't matter how long I've owned a particular pair of shorts. Once that day comes when I pull them on (or attempt to) and parts of me immediately start lodging complaints, the shorts come right off again.

In fact, these days,...
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