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The Parable of the Pencil

I spoke at a caregiver conference a few years ago, and after I had finished, some of the audience came up to chat with me.  One of them was an elderly man who waited patiently while holding a folded paper in his hands.  I learned that he was a retired minister who had...

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Things Are Only Impossible Until They Are Not

With due deference to Jean-Luc Piccard, Captain of the Starship Enterprise who said that line, try and wrap your head around the words in my title.  If you are like me, and many of my friends, colleagues and clients, you have probably told yourself at least a few...

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Growing Older Gracefully

The word “graceful” means “characterized by beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech.”  Those who age gracefully share an attitude and behaviors that are admirable, pleasing, and elegant to themselves and others.  Here are three traits they have in common: A spirit...

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To Be or Not To Be: A Flip of the Coin

A friend called last week and expressed frustration about a key career decision she has been weighing for months.  The question was this: Should she invest the time and money it takes to formally study to become an ordained minister, or not? Obviously, there were pros...

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How to Create Graceful Transitions

A client recently wrote eloquently to me about a mindful transition she had made with a calm heart, a clear mind and some suggestions from me about the ceremonial aspects.  The transition centered on getting rid of an old sofa and replacing it with a new, smaller...

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Aging is Not A Disease

My grandmothers could not speak much English and most of their conversations were in Italian, their native language.  Growing up with grandparents for whom English was a second language was not something I dwelled on; it was simply the way things were.  If I noticed...

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For the Love of A Dog

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”   Will Rogers   Last weekend my husband and I ended our search for adopting an older rescued dog who would like to sit on our laps, play, and enjoy life with us.  We found the small dog we...

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Guarding the Temple of Your Precious Time

At some point during a job search, every job seeker has to devote time to getting to know themselves again and to allow enough time for self-revelation to happen. Guilt can be a real opponent along with feelings of embarrassment.  While it seems everyone else is...

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If You Never Choose to Do What You Are Meant to Do

You want a life you will love.  One where you get up in the morning and are eager to start all over again.   Is that how you feel these days?  Or does that sound like an impossible dream?  If you aren’t waking up excited about the day ahead, you are lacking a goal...

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When Life Hands You Lemons

A life coach gets to learn about a lot of circumstances and stories that affect people’s lives. When the life coach is also a writer and an admirer of the everyday heroes around us, like me, then the stories are a continual source of inspiration.

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About Elaine

I love teaching and my personal mission has revolved around the roles of teacher, writer and coach. I first worked as a therapist in alcohol/drug abuse counseling where I learned the meaning of holistic health – we cannot seperate the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of an illness if we are to help create the conditions for getting well and recovering.

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