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Rewriting Your Sex Story

His eyes were as dark as night. That should’ve been my sign to run the other direction–the windows to his soul shut tight, forbidding the light to shine in or out–but instead, I ran straight toward this long-time bachelor with my arms (and legs) wide open and my eyes wide shut.  This wasn’t my first…

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Do You Know the Way to San Jose? A Last Minute Getaway to Costa Rica

Costa Rica, it’s where the mountains cradle sexy volcanos, monkeys frolic in the forests, and surfers roll in the harsh white foam of the Pacific Ocean. So when I had the chance to take a last minute trip to San Jose recently, I couldn’t help but say, “Pura vida!” The Pacific Ocean coast of Costa…

Has Breast Cancer Affected You? Tell Us Your Story

While skimming The New York Times last weekend, I happened upon the obituaries of two beautiful women. Photos of their warm, smiling faces stopped me cold. I stared at their photos for a while and imagined the lives they had led. The people they loved. The friends they cherished. Their first dances. Their last dances. And how…

I May Be a Fool, But I’m No Idiot. A Word (or Two) About Haters

On Sunday, I had a mimosa, read the New York Times, and played with my dogs. It was a lovely afternoon. I was happy. Walking through the kitchen, I picked up my phone and scrolled through my emails. One in particular caught my eye. It began like this, “You are a complete idiot!” And it…

Cupping ~ It’s Not Just for Celebrities

Cupping, an ancient Chinese medicine treatment, is all the rage with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Aniston, who proudly display their cupping marks like the latest “it” accessory while walking the red carpet. When I learned that cupping was great for detoxification, I couldn’t wait to try it. And after one, amazing…

After All These Years, What We Can Still Do On 9/11

In honor of those we have lost, here’s what we can do on 9/11. Carry on in their goodness. Live brave lives full of hope and wonder. Be extraordinary in our vision of truth and freedom. Help each other rise from anguish. Find within us the grace to hold on only to the good, letting…

Why Sleep Matters ~ Q & A With Ameer Rosic

Sleeping well is one of the most important things you can do for your health. So this week, we’re continuing our conversation about sleep. In case you missed my last post, I wrote about the amazing Sleep Solution System and how it helped me find my good night’s sleep again. The Sleep Solution is the holistic answer to your sleep…

Looking For a Good Night’s Sleep? Here’s Your Sleep Solution

Nothing, and I mean nothing feels better than a good night’s sleep. And nothing, and I mean nothing, feels worse than an awful night’s sleep. Unless of course we’re talking about many awful nights of sleep. When I was younger, sleeping was easy. I fell asleep quickly and I stayed asleep all night. I awoke…

What I Know About Death

Three weeks ago, God wrapped his hands around my tiny world and shook the hell out of it. On my way home from vacation, a friend called to say that our mutual friend, Brian, had died that morning. His fifty-one year old heart had stopped beating while the early morning hours turned night into day. Brian…

The Five Minute Journal ~ Practicing Gratitude Every Day ~ Part 2

We’re back with Part 2 of our special series on The Five Minute Journal. In case you missed my post last week, we’re talking about gratitude and how to transform your life by writing in the Journal five minutes a day. Creators of the journal, Toronto based UJ Ramdas and London based Alex Ikonn, are inspiring, thought-provoking guys. I recently sat down…

The Five Minute Journal ~ Practicing Gratitude Every Day

Those of you who read my blog regularly know how big I am on gratitude. Being thankful is thee most important thing you can do to fuel your own happiness. I believe in the power of gratitude so much that I made it part of my handy 555 Formula for instant happiness. I know. It’s not always…

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