Maria’s Reading: “Help Thanks Wow, The Three Essential Prayers”

Maria’s Reading: “Help Thanks Wow, The Three Essential Prayers”

This is a powerful, brilliant, little book from Anne Lamott.  She is at once down-to-earth and profound in sharing the only prayers she believes matter in life. Inviting believers, agnostics and atheists to join, she explores the power of prayer. She teaches that prayer is simple, accessible, and understandable. Lamott’s stories are so authentic, reading them feels like I am visiting with a friend, an amazingly quick-witted, self-effacing, and very funny friend. Skillfully, she extracts…

Rita’s Reading: “State of Wonder”

Rita’s Reading: “State of Wonder”

This is the first book I’ve read by Ann Patchett, noted author of the acclaimed novel, Bel Canto. There are so many ways that this book can capture the reader’s interest, it blends mystery and suspense with science, romance, and more. For me, the two women protagonists, both brilliant doctors and medical researchers were fascinating, complex characters whose relationship with each other as mentor and student, and their connection to two powerful men in their…

Spring Forward To Your Next Move

Spring Forward To Your Next Move

by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D It may not truly feel like spring yet with the cold, brisk winds blowing.  Yet we have set the clocks forward an hour, we see the buds on the trees and the flowers are blooming. The time is here and now to spring forward on your next move. You have probably been mulling it over while trapped in your house by the snow or the flu. What’s next? How do…

Changing of the Guard – A Big Life Turn

Changing of the Guard – A Big Life Turn

by Rita Hardiman Ed.D. Changing of the Guard – A Big Life Turn How do we adapt to life stage changes with grace?  What do we hold onto, let go of, or reinvent as “The seasons they go round and round and the painted ponies go up and down……” This past year I have been observing as well as, experiencing shifts that happen in families when the responsibility for holidays and other significant life events,…

Endings and New Beginnings

Endings and New Beginnings

by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D We all experience times in our lives when we have to end something.  Sometimes these experiences are pleasurable and at other times they are filled with anxiety and sadness.  How we think about these endings and how we approach what follows is what separates happy people from sad people. I am reminded of my college days when life was fairly simple.  The biggest worry I had was trying to decide…

Brenda’s Reading: “The Noticer”

Brenda’s Reading: “The Noticer”

I received The Noticer by Andy Andrews from a friend. I found it to be both inspiring and provoking. The story is about a man named Jones who appears and disappears out of nowhere to people who are struggling with various issues in their lives. His notion is that a person’s perspective on a situation is the determining factor in his or her success. He challenges people to look at things with “a broader view”,…