An experience today, reminded me that many people find it difficult to say “No” to other people’s requests. They do not realize that it is OK for them to say “No”, nor do they know how to say “No” without feeling badly, hurting another person’s feeling or disappointing that individual. Many years ago, my Blue…

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Today, I want to share one of my favorite poems, which our Girls Summer Camp Direct, Miss Minnie A. Cohen, often read to the campers during our Mac-Do Lodge awards campfires, on Sunday evenings. This poem has inspired me, my family members, friends, and clients for many years. Recently, this poem resonated with my husband…

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Today, is the 13th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and tragedies. May we all remember and never forget those who lost their lives, the families who continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones, and the emotional and physical scars that remain of for so many adults and children. Today, I also…

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Whenever we read a newspaper, watch TV, or log on to a computer we are bombarded with  horrific, violent, and distressing stories from around the world and in our own communities. My Blue Brain is deeply disturbed by these stories. A few weeks ago I was speaking with John Guarrine, a Blue Brain long-time colleague,…

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My Brain Loves being Green! For the past two days, I have sitting on our porch enjoying the beautiful summer days in Chicago being Green: Writing, Revising, and Researching! In my last blog post on July 9th, I explained about my Green Brain writing process for my new What Color Is Your Brain? When Caring…

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My Blue Brain love of poetry began when I was a young camper at Mac-Do Lodge Summer Camp for Girls (1932-1969). Our remarkable camp director, Miss Minnie A. Cohen, always read inspirational poems to the campers and counselors during our weekly Sunday night campfire. My copious collection of poetry books began when I was about…

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You know it is summertime in our home when the old Spinach Borscht pot comes out of the cabinet. My remarkable Green Brain mother-in-law, later lovingly referred to as “Grandma Lil,” gave me my 6-quart enameled Spinach Borscht pot as a bridal show gift, 47 years ago. My introduction to Spinach Borscht was in the…

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