Carol’s Musings

It’s My Birthday!

by Carol Hess on July 19, 2012

It’s my birthday today, something I usually have very mixed feelings about. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m always glad I’m alive to make the milestone, even more so now that I’m a cancer survivor.  But some years I’m happier about it than others, mainly because of where I find myself on my Possibilities and Potential […]

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Summertime & the Livin’ Is Easy

by Carol Hess on June 24, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to complicate things. It’s my father’s fault.  He was an engineer, and he over-engineered everything.  It drove my mother crazy because she was an impatient, slap dash kind of person. So, yes, I am Daddy’s Little Girl when it comes to complicating things.  There’s something […]

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One Dozen Secrets to Living a Great Life

by Carol Hess on June 10, 2012

It’s amazing what you can discover just by pulling a couple of books off the Amazon virtual shelves and reading the table of contents.  God, I love books! Here are 10 secrets I stumbled across this morning when I should have been downstairs feeding myself and the cats.  I’m really glad I postponed breakfast.   If […]

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Categories Carol's Musings, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, Weighing In (Rants & Raves)

Remember & Celebrate

by Carol Hess on May 24, 2012

Here in the States, we are about to head into Memorial Day weekend.  Unofficially, it is the beginning of the summer season, replete with backyard barbecues, trips to the beach, fireworks, boating, swimming – the usual summer fun. Officially, it is also the time to honor American soldiers who have died in service to their […]

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Drowning in a Sea of C’s

by Carol Hess on May 3, 2012

I’m trying to break three bad habits.  They aren’t good for me or the people around me.  I’m willing to bet you’ve got some of these bad habits yourself.  Perhaps you would care to join me in my Cease the C’s Campaign.  (I think my habit of alliteration might have to be the next bad […]

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Tune Out. Turn Off. Drop In.

by Carol Hess on April 30, 2012

I’m a baby boomer – just as much a child of the 60’s and the tune in, turn on, drop out generation as the next guy.  Just like all my baby boomer friends, I don’t want to get old.  I tell myself every day that 60 is the new 50 (or even 40 when I’m […]

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Is It That Time of Year Again?

by Carol Hess on February 14, 2012

After dinner last night, I made a run to the drugstore and was surprised to see the store bustling with people.  Actually, it was bustling with men – all of them milling around the picked-over Valentine’s Day cards and stuffed animal displays.  To a man, they had the worried, shell-shocked look of the battle-scarred, last-minute […]

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Pure Potential

by Carol Hess on January 1, 2012

I love the first day of a new year, don’t you?  It’s so clean and clear and full of pure potential.  Like a snow-covered field before the first footprints or an empty canvas before the first brush stroke or a blank journal before the first written word. You hesitate to take that first step, apply […]

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Categories Carol's Musings, Dream Catching, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing

The Race of Your Life

by Carol Hess on December 30, 2011

I can feel it. Even though I’m sitting here in my bathrobe, looking like a chipmunk that’s packed one too many nuts in her cheek, and popping painkillers and antibiotics like candy, I can feel it. Can you? It’s a quickening.  Kind of like that quick little gasp you make when something catches you off […]

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Gone Fishing

by Carol Hess on December 23, 2011

Not really.  This picture is a lie.  My desk is never this tidy.  Besides, I hate fishing. But I am closed for the holidays to reopen for business bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (what am I — a raccoon?) Tuesday, January 2nd. However, I’m willing to bet if you absolutely, positively have to get in touch with me, […]

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