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Yearly Archives: 2013

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1229
2013

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Several years ago, four of my friends—Marlene, Ellie, Karla, and Chip—all resolved to get in shape and lose weight. Now, these people had never met, so the odds of their making exactly the same resolution were…actually quite predictable, since pretty much everybody puts fitness on their New Year’s resolutions list. There are rumors of humans - Continue Reading

1208
2013

Ask For It…Insight From Martha

“If only I were free enough/ rich enough/ young enough/ supported enough to do what I want, my life would be perfect.”  I’ve heard some version of this sentiment from literally thousands of people. I’ve also noticed that what these people lack is almost never the freedom, money, youth, or support they think they need. - Continue Reading

1203
2013

On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Signature of All Things

After writing more nonfiction than anyone ever wanted me to, I’ve recently decided to write a novel.  So I was delighted to find that superstar memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert has done the same thing.  Only better. Much better. In case you think Gilbert is a one-trick pony, THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS will knock you down - Continue Reading

1203
2013

Lame Animal Totem: The Oak Titmouse

Oak Titmouse is a small bird the color of dry bark, with black eyes and a jaunty little crest. Unfortunately, its name was chosen by middle-school boys high on cough syrup, and made official by sex-starved geek biologists. Now the Oak Titmouse is stuck with a label no one can get past. If Oak Titmouse flutters - Continue Reading

1124
2013

How to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

Are you looking forward to the season ahead with shivers of anticipation? Or just shivers? Here are 6 steps to save you untold aggravation, angst, time, and money by persuading you not to do the things you don’t want to do this holiday season. List Your Holiday Traditions  Take a few minutes to write down - Continue Reading

1110
2013

Taming Wild Mustangs… Insight From Martha

For the last three days I’ve been fulfilling a longtime Wildly Improbable Goal, watching my friend Koelle and some of her Equus coaches taming wild mustangs here at the ranch. It’s just amazing. And it’s reminded me how we really change our lives, and the world, for the better: calmly, kindly, joyfully. Before our two - Continue Reading

1105
2013

Ready to Heal:Breaking Free of Addictive RelationshipsBy Kelly McDaniels It’s hard to find a self-help book that doesn’t feel like the same old same old, but this simple, clear book turned on lots of light bulbs in my head.  Even if you don’t have addictive relationships, this will help you understand friends and family members - Continue Reading

1105
2013

Lame Animal Totem: The Clam

Clam energy is exuberant, witty, wise, hilarious, and brilliant, but no one ever realizes this, because Clam keeps it all inside, out of fear that someone will steal its intellectual property. When Clam maneuvers its way into the bouillabaisse of your life, play your cards close to your vest. Closer! CLOSER! No one must know - Continue Reading

1020
2013

How to Tune In to Your Inner Wisdom

This very day, two individuals are vying to be your personal adviser. The first, whose name is Fang, dresses in immaculate business attire, carries a briefcase full of neatly organized folders, and answers all e-mails instantly, via BlackBerry. In a loud, clear, authoritative voice, Fang delivers strong opinions about how you should manage your time. - Continue Reading

1006
2013

Foul Play… Insight From Martha

In 1666 a Dutch physicist noticed that two pendulums mounted on the same board always ended up swinging at the same rate. He called this “entrainment.” It affects any oscillation, including breathing, heartbeats, brain waves, and turkeys. Yep. Turkeys. Yesterday I decided to meditate on my front porch.  As I settled in, a large delegation - Continue Reading

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