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The World Is Watching

I titled this blog post “The World Is Watching” because it has now been over 13 years since Preston T. Scott and his team tracked me down in Oxnard, California. At the time of this writing, they haven’t left. Presumably comprised of U.S. government employees past and present (CIA, FBI, DOJ, NSA, etc…), Preston Scott created…
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A Woman of Unlimited Self-Esteem

When I first started chanting deeply about my problem with the insane people in my environment, I believed I had done something wrong. I believed there was something wrong with me, some negative part of me I needed to change so they would go away. Now I know this belief was very wrong. The truth…
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gratitude, appreciation, prayer, chanting, discussion, buddhism, happiness

An Attitude of Gratitude

Our topic for last night’s Buddhist discussion meeting was Gratitude. At first I couldn’t think of anything to share other than my usual response: “There’s always someone who is worse off than me.” While this is true – I only need to briefly remind myself of the impoverished conditions of people living in developing countries…
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mother's day, mother, reading, female empowerment

Things My Mother Taught Me

My mother taught me many things I never realized until I was in my mid-forties. She taught me in a silent, unspoken way with her own choices and her own example. It wasn’t until after a conversation with my husband last year that I realized what my mother had truly accomplished by completing a Bachelor’s…
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responsibility, taking responsibility, blame, buddhism, happiness, behavior

Taking Responsibility, NOT Accepting Blame

There is a big difference between taking responsibility for your own life – your own decisions, choices, circumstances, and happiness – and accepting someone else’s blame for the miserable circumstances they have found themselves in. It took me a long time to realize this, especially considering the fact that the people who were always blaming…
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