2019-02-19T17:00:09-04:00March 1st, 2019|Inspirational|

Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” ~ L.J. Isham “Tell me more”…is my relationship mantra. It’s magical. It’s powerful. It works. “Tell me more,” I say, when wanting to deepen communication. Tell me more. This is my number one conversational secret sauce for building stronger relationships. Now I’ll share some of the reasons why I love these three words and believe them to be instrumental in the creation of greater intimacy and connection. “Tell me more” is a communication that [...]


2019-02-19T17:49:19-04:00March 1st, 2019|Inspirational|

Photo by Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini                         I was always begging to hear more about my family history. Both my parents were born in this country, but their folks came from Italy and understood little English. There wasn’t all that much they could pass on to me because of this language barrier, but here is what I have recorded for future generations. Being an era of information accessibility, I’m hoping my children will want to hear more and pursue their history further through the Internet, DNA, etc. It took but [...]


2019-02-19T16:15:23-04:00March 1st, 2019|Inspirational|

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash by Tanya Rohn-MacKenzie I’ve paused what I’m watching to sort my burgeoning thoughts out on paper. I’m hardly ever blown away by things I watch or read. Today is one of those rare days. I’m watching a talk by Stephen Jenkinson, a Canadian man with something big to say about death and dying in our culture. I hope I can capture here some of what he has to say. My thoughts are now completely intertwined with his. I am grateful for this new awareness. ‘Advanced directives’ is a term that describes the preparation that goes into an expected [...]

Woman on the Street: Wafting

2019-01-28T13:00:56-04:00February 1st, 2019|Inspirational|

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash By Stephanie Saline I’m known for a lot of things. Smelling good isn’t one of them. But today, I walked into my favorite café and a well-dressed stranger — a woman, it bears saying — told me as I walked past, “You smell good.” It’s a small place. So upon hearing it, three other women sitting at separate tables took a deep inhale. I sat down at a table, and the woman at the table next to me said, “It’s an odd thing, for a stranger to say you smell good. But you really do. As you sat [...]

Dancing with Longings

2019-01-28T13:10:07-04:00February 1st, 2019|Inspirational|

Photo by Alexis Fauvet on Unsplash by Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “In the lover’s heart is a flute which plays the melody of longing.”  ~ Rumi  Here we are in February, the month that somehow got dedicated to love and the celebration of Valentine’s Day. For so many, though, this holiday brings with it a heightened sense of longing — an aching heart, you might say — for a lover, partner, or the bettering of a relationship one is already in. Often, longings such as these are equated with emotional pain, frustration, despair, or unrequited desires. Longings, of any kind really, can leave us [...]


2018-12-19T18:13:41-04:00January 1st, 2019|Inspirational|

Photo by Ian Kiragu on Unsplash by Sharon Marie Lawlor Today is the start of a new year. New Year’s resolutions are in full force for some. For others, they perhaps want something else. If you could wave a magic wand over your life right now, how would it ideally be? Stop to think about that. Really give it some thought. Don’t just look at your physical self (as most New Year’s resolutions focus on), but at all aspects of you. This will help create an over-arching vision of this new energy. Dream BIG! Knock down any walls that closed you in. If ANYTHING [...]

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