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The Sound of Silence

I was married to a musician for more than a dozen years. Before we met, he had very nearly become engaged to another woman. She was a string player and I had the

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We must look beyond what is right in front of us so we see the entire picture.

pleasure of meeting her about six years into our marriage. The music man would from time to time tell me that had they married, they’ve have divorced by now. I’d ask him what he meant, but he’d never explain further.  He’d stay silent, unwilling to share what was in his heart with his life partner. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Sisters

Once upon a time, there were two single women. They were successful in their professional lives and admired by their friends. Each was given the same role of honor and

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Some things only appear to be the same. Sometimes a mask conceals an underlying ugly truth.

responsibility in caring for her widowed and ailing mother. One chose to dishonor a relationship and hoard her power. The other chose to honor a relationship and share her power. Continue reading

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Listening Can Make Your Head Hurt

Listening is one of the hardest things we do. I find it easiest to listen when I have no emotional attachment to what the other person is saying. I suppose most of us are that way.

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Listening to words that provoke anxiety can make us feel like pressure is building around our heads.

As soon as the other person’s statements or voice pitch summons anxiety in me, then it is very difficult to listen. Continue reading

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