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I Did NOT Want to Exchange Gifts This Christmas

I have a difficult relationship with gifts. I love discovering special gifts that the recipients might enjoy but not find or buy for themselves. That takes quite a bit of thought and research. I collect ideas throughout the year and tuck them away in email folders...

My Dog Pooped in the Hotel Lobby

Oh yes, she did. We were staying overnight in Chattanooga (the halfway point on our drive from Chicago to Sarasota) at the lovely pet-friendly Westin Hotel. We had taken 1-year-old Marley for a walk but still she decided to squat right there in the hotel lobby. I was...

I Numbed with Food…

We each have our own way of coping with the crap in our lives. I used to eat. SUGAR and CARBS were my go-to. Ice cream sundaes. French toast doused in butter and syrup. Warm chocolate chip cookies. Washed down with tall glasses of cold milk. All the delicious things...

My Girlfriend Let Me Down

Earlier this year, I shared a personal crisis with a long-time friend of mine over dinner. She showed interest and asked questions. She got teary-eyed as she listened. She assured me that she was there for me at this difficult time. I felt supported and validated. She...

Signe Myers Hovem: Embodying Authenticity

What is your life’s purpose? The essence of my life’s purpose has centered on exploring and embodying authenticity and honoring the sacredness of language as a spiritual tool. How are you living your purpose? I’ve come to experience honest introspection as a...