Well-Being is a Skill: Here’s Your Playbook

As a kid, I dreaded few things more than practicing scales and fingers exercises for my piano lessons. OK, maybe going to the dentist and changing for swim class in that steamy yet clammy locker room, but, let me tell you, just the word Hanon still makes me shudder. I didn’t want to slog through exercises. […]

Well-Being: A Revolutionary Paradigm

If I could manifest the perfect beach day, it would look like last Saturday here in the little trailer park in the pine woods “down the shore.” Low eighties. Light sea breeze. Sun bright. Clouds puffy. Humidity low. Instead of spending it sunbathing, I got hot, sweaty and dirty erasing three seasons’ worth of neglect […]

Navigating Change and Maintaining Balance

You know that old expression about waiting for the other shoe to drop? I haven’t had much wait time lately. It’s like I feel compelled to look toward the sky in search of the next cargo plane from Zappo’s ready to drop cartons of footwear on my head. Good thing I’ve got mad coaching skills and […]

Creating Balance That’s Right for You


The equinox is over. The time when the earth and sun align so that daylight and darkness are in balance is done. Gone for six months. It didn’t even happen the way most of us think, since our perception of sunrise and sunset each day is different from the way scientists define it. Which means […]

Fall Planting, Spring Harvest – with Gratitude

gratitude for evening sunsets

I love evenings. Especially the kind that begin many hours after noon and involve daylight. I celebrated the first evening after springing ahead yesterday by taking time to savor the sunset, at the delightfully late hour of seven o’clock. And I got up early enough to complete and ship a project before seven this morning. […]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Resilient Day

I thought it was the worst part of my day when the squirrel scratching on the porch roof made it difficult to concentrate on drafting the blog post about resiliency. Until the less-than-sweet odor confirmed it wasn’t a squirrel and it definitely was not on the roof. I caught wind of the skunk, under the […]

Values & Well-Being with a Slice of Americana

Three generations, decked out in red, white and blue, lawn chairs at the curb in the same spot since the flag only had 48 stars. The parade’s been the same since the grandparents were newlyweds, the parents were toddlers and the kids scrambling for candy tossed from the floats weren’t yet a twinkle in anyone’s […]

The Simple Path to Strengths-Based Well-Being: Do a Kindness

I was lost in the weekly after church dilemma – oatmeal raisin or white chocolate cranberry – when he sidled up beside me, linked his arm in mine and got so close, well, let’s just say we have different ideas about personal space. “Did you hear about the little girl who sang for the Pope […]

Change Happens, but It Doesn’t Have to Make You Miserable

Change is inevitable. I used to teach a class called Music Humanities. To sixth graders. We started the year by discussing the inevitability of change as well as other characteristics like these: Change can be spontaneous or planned. Change can happen quickly or take a long time. Change can be positive or negative. Or both. […]

Boost Your Happiness with Simple Arithmetic

You’re one of the happiest people I know. It’s a wonder I didn’t hurt myself whipping my head around to see who she was talking to. Lucky for me, the speaker was a trusted colleague, one who seems to have been absent the day they handed out sarcasm. The truth is, for a long time, […]