Why Is Being Grateful So Important?

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With the Thanksgiving holiday nearing, I’m sure your mind is doing that familiar introspection thing that almost always leads to taking inventory of all the things you are thankful for this year. This season is a time when we pay attention to the simple acts of kindness bestowed upon us — whether deserved or undeserved. I’m there, and trust me, …

Everyone Dies, So Live Now!

Beba Schlottmann Inspirational, Other Writings, Recommendations 4 Comments

For the longest time, people around the world (especially in North America) have associated death with the Grim Reaper. Typically “he” is a creepy skeletal guy donning a dark hooded cape and a scythe to reap the souls of the dying. Now, if you live in East Asia, the Grim reaper is often portrayed in media as a hotter-than-hot, Calvin …

Am I the Only One Who’s Sick and Tired of Menopause?

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The flare-ups were constant and undeniable, as well as the night sweats and the tiredness. At some point I thought menopause had arrived with a vengeance. However, after a heart attack and follow-up open heart surgery, my surgeon diagnosed me with coronary heart disease. I could have sworn it was menopause given the similarities in the symptoms, but I was …

Sisters Love at All Times

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I have three sisters, and while growing up together in Puerto Rico, we shared a three bedroom house with only one bathroom. This was challenging as we grew into our teen years because, obviously, privacy was an issue, but the biggest issue was the bathroom usage. We would often fight each other to get some extra time for fixing our …

Field Notes: And There I Was, Reminded of an Old Truth

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I hosted a handful of international exchange students at my home several years back, and from the moment I picked them up at the airport until now, we have considered each other family. Recently, I was on a book promotion trip to South Korea and my Thai student/daughter insisted I come visit her since I was so close and would …

Field Notes: A Dazzling, Grand Thing

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On my recent trip to Thailand, I visited the The Grand Palace in Bangkok. And let me tell you, to say I was impressed – and visually overwhelmed – would be an understatement! While exploring the grounds, I turned to my Thai daughter Minky and exclaimed, “Thailand is rich!” She laughed and quickly stated, “What do you mean? It is …