Mary

Dear Friend, My favorite holiday is Easter. I know that seems random since I’m writing this almost in August and Easter is a holiday that you may or may not even celebrate. But I like Easter – for all the obvious Christian reasons. It’s a pretty big deal when your God is raised back to…

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The Magical Art of Being a Grown-Up

Dear Friend, When I was little, I used to think there was some magical day when you opened your eyes and suddenly knew how to answer questions, how to make things work out, and the answer to life’s most difficult quandaries. Seriously, I did. And that day you sat up in bed and went, “Wow!…

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Defining Yourself

Dear Friend, “So what do you do?” “Whatcha been up to lately?” “So what do you do here all day?” The questions are harmless. People are looking for conversation and common ground. But has that question ever stopped your brain, as you struggle to find an answer? It usually comes out like, “Oh, not much.” And…

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Enthroning Emotions

We all have them. That friend who analyzes every sentence, turning it from something we meant as harmless into a hostile attack against them. That person we have to walk on eggshells around or risk being accused of disregarding their emotions.  The guy or girl who won’t take a hint or even an outright “no” whether it’s for a request to hang out or a project they want us to work on.

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Receiving​ Hope

Dear Friend, I met my most recent friend because of a spreadsheet. I gave her assistance, which took some time because my Excell skills are still somewhere at the equivalent of 2nd grade math. We’ve talked several times now and yesterday, she gave me back my life. At least it feels that way. At fifteen,…

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Suceeding: One Bit at a Time​

This doesn’t have to be what you look like in your life now. This is who you are in you’re ideal life. This is the kind of person who can spring out of bed early and go at it, without contending. Just have fun with it. I’m giving you permission to dream.

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Do You Feel Insignificant?

Dear Friend, Do you feel insignificant? It’s easy to do. Right now, I’m sitting, surrounded by Texas Pastureland. It’s peaceful out here. I’ve even punched off the music so I can just enjoy the silence. I’m also reading a book, ironically about focusing, which I’ve stopped to write you. After this, I want to go…

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Lending a Hand

Dear Friend, I’ve been reading a book: a memoir of sorts, called “On a Pedestal.” It was written by a friend of mine, Bessie David, using recordings of her Grandmother’s stories. This woman recounts living through the prohibition, the depression, WWII and so on. I can’t tell you exactly because I haven’t finished the book…

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Use What You’ve Got!

Dear Friend, Tomorrow, I begin recording my first audio drama project. I’ve never actually done an audio drama. I’ve recorded as a voice actor. I’ve created a layered song of my voice, overlapping the songs. This was done about ten years ago. Tomorrow, I begin working with 20 actors and one audio editor to recreate…

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