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How far does responsibility stretch? Your own life and actions? Care for your immediate family? Your extended family? As a parent, you might imagine that your job is done when the kids leave home. But they keep coming back! And the family keeps getting larger. Now your family includes grandkids, and in-laws and their extended […]
This is the third article in a series on responsibility. First I looked at the personal and relational issues around responsibility, where each individual owns their choices, responses and feelings. It’s summarized well by the Fritz Perls statement, I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live […]
Responsibility can be scary. Just ask George Castanza.  In the Seinfeld episode (The Wink) Jerry squirts grapefruit juice in George’s eye and he ends up with an involuntary wink that inadvertently gains him a promotion. Hi boss, Mr Steinbrenner, in his customary position with back to the camera, and talking nonstop describes the extra responsibility […]
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Response-Ability

October 3rd, 2011
Resumes say a lot about the way we see the world. Here are 10 resume notes that send the wrong message- 10. Marital Status: Often. Children: Various. 9. Reason for leaving last position- They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn’t work under those restrictions. 8. 28 dog years of […]
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The Gift of Living

September 20th, 2011
“No more stuff”. This is my code of being. Let me tell you a story. It begins with a garage sale It ends with $750 in my pocket. Let me tell you another 3 stories They are all just like the first. -how did this happen? I want to know right now, who fed the […]
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The Big Spat.

September 6th, 2011
I had a spat. It wasn’t pleasant; we may never be the same again. The kitchen was a pile of dirty plates, dishes, cutlery, mixing bowls, wet tea towels, chocolate splodges, squished cherry tomatoes, a light and aromatic cinnamon dusting, sticky lemonade footprints, a glob of peanut butter cooked onto the stove top, and I […]
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More than Two.

August 30th, 2011
One child holds the misspelled sign One child holds a big glass jar One child encourages the other One child sits to rest a while. Two children and a simple idea. Two children on a street corner. Two children believe they can make a difference. Two children do. Many days standing out there Many pedestrians […]
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A Fine Balance

June 13th, 2011
His arms wrap around their lives, strong, protective, sure. He throws them high into the air beyond even their own expectations. He listens with his heart to more than just the words. Believing in their inner strength when they feel lost or torn. He’s really quite the magician, turning meltdowns to shrieks of laughter. Letting […]
(This is the first in a new series of Parenting Tips I will be posting. Watch for them each week, and please leave your comments and share your experience) If you mess up, ‘fess up. Come clean, and wipe the slate clean. For some reason there is a strong smell of blame wafting though the […]
A milk man in a small town goes door to door each morning with a large jug of milk. At midday he sets his jug on a rock while he unpacks his humble lunch of bread and cheese. One day, the goat herder comes by as the milk man is having his lunch. The milk […]
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Walk the Line

April 12th, 2011
Unsure feet walking wobbly steps toward an imagined goal. Balancing all the weight and consequences of every decision while juggling all manner of odd shaped problems and demands. In order to avoid an horrific death, each step is first debated then carefully implemented. Possible failure, complete disaster and inevitable therapy all hold their breath waiting […]

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