Finding & Following Your Voice

Not Sure What You Want? Take a Trip to Fantasy Island

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Not Sure What You Want? Take a Trip to Fantasy Island

You may remember a television show that was popular in late 70s and early 80s—Fantasy Island. It starred the handsome Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) as the island’s host, and his sidekick, Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize). It ran for seven successful seasons on ABC, ending in 1984. In case you missed it, characters would pay to come […]

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Follow Your Own Voice

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Follow Your Own Voice

Have you noticed some changes in your thinking lately? Are you tired of the same old routine? “If a professional loses the love of work,” wrote artist Ada Bethune, “routine sets in, and that’s the death of work and life.” “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t,” writes Dr. James Gordon, founder and director […]

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3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

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3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

We all have them—distractions that keep us from listening to our own inner voices. They include the ones we might suspect—drugs, alcohol, sex, and television. But distractions can come in other forms not so readily noticeable. Sometimes we can really fool ourselves into thinking we’re being productive, when really we’ve just found another way to […]

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Where is Your Time Going?

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Where is Your Time Going?

In the throes of an Idaho winter, on Superbowl weekend, I learned that I was expected to watch the game. I was asked by friends, family, and co-workers what my plans were for “Superbowl” weekend. While grocery shopping I was surrounded by families picking up goodies for the great event, from hot dogs to chips […]

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Lesson from a Witch’s Son: Doing Nothing will Get You Nowhere

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Lesson from a Witch’s Son: Doing Nothing will Get You Nowhere

I’m currently reading a story that illustrates the difficulty in hearing and following one’s own inner voice. My older brother introduced me to the Gregory Maguire books—titles like Wicked (the novel upon which the musical was based) and the more recent A Lion Among Men. Right now I’m in the middle of Son of a […]

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Retirement: Are You Listening to Your Own Voice?

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Retirement: Are You Listening to Your Own Voice?

In our culture, we’re told that at the age of 65, we should retire. Just who came up with this number? Who are we listening to, if we decide to comply? German Chancellor Otto von Bismark was the first to declare 65 the official retirement age back in the late 1800s when he introduced the […]

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Even a King Can Struggle to Find His Own Voice

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Even a King Can Struggle to Find His Own Voice

Back in the late 1930s and early ’40s, King George the VI of England had to be the voice of the nation through the dark days of World War II, and he had to do it via various speeches delivered over the new “wireless”—what radio was called in those days. The whole idea of a […]

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Little Voices Can Have a Big Influence

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Little Voices Can Have a Big Influence

Over the holidays, I spent a week babysitting my two nephews, ages four and two-and-a-half. They’re still learning and experimenting with language, and their special ways of saying things are inventive and original—though they may not seem so after the hundredth time hearing them! An example: We played a counting game at lunchtime to encourage […]

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Our Voices May Be Quiet, but Never Silent

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on December 18, 2010 0 Comments • views: 367
Our Voices May Be Quiet, but Never Silent

I learned something today at my haircut appointment: the stylists who are successful may or not be good at cutting your hair. What they are good at is making people feel good. And that’s no accident. It’s a calling. Take my stylist, Melissa. Her initial education was in the medical field. Raised in California, she […]

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Voice of Violence?

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Voice of Violence?

I was just as shocked as anyone to see the news story on the shooting at the Panama City, Florida school board meeting yesterday, December 14th. If you didn’t catch the story, a disgruntled ex-convict named Clay Duke attended the meeting where the board was discussing typical school-board business. He listened for awhile, then walked […]

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A Former President Hears His Own Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on December 14, 2010 0 Comments • views: 328
A Former President Hears His Own Voice

I’m a fan of the show 24. It makes for great motivation while I’m working out. With all that action going on the screen you can’t help but run faster. Actor Gregory Itzin plays American President Charles Logan in season 5 and 6. He received an Emmy nomination for his outstanding performance. Unfortunately his character […]

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Who Are Our Heroes?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on December 13, 2010 0 Comments • views: 317
Who Are Our Heroes?

I was conducting an interview awhile back with a scientist, a very accomplished man who has embarked on a new mission that, within the next 5 years, may change the face of cancer treatments. I have to remain secretive about his name as the interview was for a client, and the story is exclusive. But […]

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