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Resilience: Thriving, Not Just Surviving

In his book, The Beethoven Factor, Dr. Paul Pearsall describes “Thrivers” as those who know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.” He defines “thriving” as stress induced growth that happens when we face a challenge. The … Continue reading

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Be Kind

As you may already know, I have an amazing and wonderful granddaughter, Amy, who is my role model for resilience. Her remarkably resilient response to all of the challenges (narrow spots), medical exams, tests and procedures she has experienced in … Continue reading

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Poetry – Giving Voice and Words to Life’s Narrow Spots

Gratitude for Grains of Sand Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a time to be grateful. Why do we need a special day to focus on gratitude – an essential ingredient of health and well-being? Another topic for another day… I am … Continue reading

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It is a Glorious Fall Day

Today is one of those picture perfect days of September upon which travel brochures are created – warm in the sun, cool in the shade, too nice to ignore and too late to play hooky. So I came home from … Continue reading

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Transformation Is Like Tending a Garden

Change is inevitable. In the song, “Closing Time” there is a lyric, “Every new beginning comes at some other beginning’s end.” Transformation is intentional. While a gift of grace, it is purposeful and not effortless. Within the depths of winter, … Continue reading

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Does Parenting Ever End?

Last weekend, I was with a couple of women friends on a retreat – actually it was a slumber party – at a cabin in Northern Minnesota. During conversation that weekend, there were several opportunities to reflect on parenting experiences, … Continue reading

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My message is not just about cancer.

This week I had the privilege of being invited to share my message with a group of adults with various neurological diseases at the Fairview MS Achievement Center’s (MSAC’s) day program in St. Paul, MN. I was invited by the … Continue reading

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Do you recognize a “God Moment”?

I was privileged to have a radio interview on an ABC affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska. Ruth Bachman interview on Problems and Solutions with Cathy Blythe The next day I received an online order for my book, Growing Through the Narrow … Continue reading

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What narrow spots are you facing?

  I describe cancer as the narrow spot in an hourglass. I am the sand passing from the top, through the narrow spot and coming to rest in the bottom chamber. Life is full of narrow spots, not all labelled … Continue reading

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What are you waiting for?

We all have the resources we need to face our narrow spots.  Ask for help.  Spend time slowing down and breathing deeply.  Listen to our heart.  There may not always be an apparent answer to the question.  Patience, while living … Continue reading

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