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A Hula Hoop Teaches Me About Healing

My baby tortoise, Malti, "helps" me with at-home resistance band training.

For some reason, from about mid-December through the first part of each new year, I always seem to be battling one kind of ick or another.

Recently, upon hearing that I had contracted yet another infection, a long-time close friend commented that she can imagine all the germs lining up, cheering, "Let's all go visit Shannon! Yay!"

NOT funny.

Even less funny - many of the...
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What It Feels Like When Your Inner Addict Starts to Die

Not so long ago, I finally joined Hulu's subscription program.

And not too long after that, I watched a program called "Amy Winehouse: A Last Goodbye."

I wasn't a huge fan while she was alive, mostly because I can't listen to music while I am writing, and I am writing most hours while I'm awake, and earning rent money wins out over my playlist about 100 percent of the time.

But on the rare occasions when I did...
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Death Threats for Do Gooders

Abdul Sattar Edhi, founder of Edhi Foundation who is much missed.

Abdul Sattar Edhi, or just "Edhi" for short, recently passed away.

He had been alive on this planet for 88 years before he died, but I had never heard of him.

Recently I moved to a new casa, and my neighbors are from Pakistan. Their son told me about Edhi's passing, which prompted me...
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A Good Reason to Hide Your Face

Me presenting "Beauty Undressed" to a group of students.

I've been on stage since I was 10 years old.

My family band first put me there, and much later I led a band of my own.

In the middle years, I played and sang and acted and even danced in front of groups of strangers, feeling rather more perfectly placed there than anywhere else.

This, I discovered later,...
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How to Know You are Brave

The girl behind the brave (image courtesy of )

One of my favorite songs of all time is Sara Bareilles' song "Brave."

In the song, she sings "I wanna see you be brave."

The first time I ever heard her sing that line, I thought, "Me too."

I hadn't ever really thought of myself as brave before, but I liked the idea of "me" as a...
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