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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
I Got Stuck Behind a Javelina!

A lot of my time in Tucson is viewed from the perspective I get riding my bike. One of the reasons I spend the winter in Tucson is the accessibility of riding. The city of Tucson has made a considerable investment in cycling infrastructure. It has built w…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
A Case of Mistaken Identity

I am by no means religious. I was raised as a Reformed Jew in a middle-class town in New Jersey. My partner and I were invited to a Friday night Shabbat dinner at a friend’s house visiting Tucson. Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath. It was an invitation for co…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
I Have Agida

I was hiking with a good friend in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert. It’s our Friday morning ritual. We decided to try a new trail called the Agua Caliente Hill Trail. It’s a pretty aggressive climb into the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. We meet…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
Why Are They Always Asking For Something?

Tucson, like most cities in this country, has its share of homeless people. The police are efficient at containing them to certain parts of the city. Many areas in Tucson create a naturally inviting space for a homeless person to find a relative degree o…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
It's All Gobbledygook Anyway

One of my good friends recently emailed a link to a documentary he found compelling. He shared that the content deeply resonated with him. Like most people we connect to, my friend and I have a common outlook and shared values. We engage our lives in a si…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
Tacos and Nazis

Getting from tacos to Nazis was easier than I thought. I didn’t have to look too hard for that connection. It found me.

Tucson has over 1200 restaurants. Half of them serve tacos, many of which are food trucks scattered around the city. Having spent seve…

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Life Coaching
Sara Pasterz
Five Ways to Be Truly Happy- Earth Cheat Codes Pt. One

Five Ways to Be Truly Happy- Earth Cheat Codes Pt. One

Reaction is a Choice

Unless you have a condition in which you are unable to regulate, the way you react to stimuli is a choice. The way we react when we spill coffee on our pants is a choice. The …

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
It All Started With A Large Bone

One of my all-time favorite movies recently made its way onto Amazon Prime. 2001 A Space Odyssey was released on April 2, 1968. Fifty-five years later, I still find it relevant. Having watched the movie at least 6 or 7 times, I was drawn to see it again. …

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
There's Something On The Bottom Of My Shoe

I’m in the process of getting ready to leave for Tucson. My girlfriend and I are spending the winter there. It is a 2000-mile journey, which takes us four days of driving. I get to leave the cold, damp, and snow-bound winter of Southeast Michigan for the …

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Life Coaching
Shiloh Cyrus
How to strengthen will and increase willpower

Imagine having the unwavering determination to achieve your wildest dreams, the willpower to overcome any obstacle, and the discipline to turn your aspirations into reality. This is not just a fantasy; it’s a reality within your grasp. By harnessing the p…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
I Stopped My Care To Listen

It has been a bit over four months since my diagnosis and treatment for colon cancer. My physician has proclaimed that I am in complete remission. I have shared my journey of diagnosis and healing in the blogs I have posted. I still carry a profound sense…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
When The Right Door Opens

I rarely shop at Kohl’s. It is not a store that I am drawn to. Being a snowbird, I am always on the lookout for clothes I can wear in Tucson. Kohl’s was having an end-of-season sale. Pushing through my procrastination, I drove the eight-and-a-half miles t…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
When the Obvious Isn’t So Obvious

It’s a 45-mile drive from where I live to my girlfriend’s house. There has been a lot of road construction this summer, forcing me to take a longer than usual route. Last Thursday, I took Interstate 96 to Telegraph Road. At that intersection, a large yell…

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Life Coaching
Maxine K Brown
Grief is like a private club that no one wants to join.

At one stage or another, everybody has to join this club. It’s not one that people enjoy at all, and every single person stays in the club for different lengths of time, depending on how they deal with the types of grief that they encounter.

Grief takes …

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
Measure Twice Cut Once

When I was in my early twenties, I lived in a Yoga Ashram. We raised most of the food we ate. I was responsible for looking after a flock of chickens. As the number of people grew so did the number of chickens. It quickly became obvious that a new coop…

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Life Coaching
Shuang-Min Chang
I Am Not Myself

I am not my beautifully bronzed skin.

I am not my dedicatedly trained body.

I am not my laughters, nor my tears.

I am not my pain, nor my relief.

I am not my self-confidence, nor my worries.

I am not my parents’ daughter.

I am not that woman who has…

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Life Coaching
Shuang-Min Chang
We are all on a journey of leaving

This morning, while reading, a voice gently whispered,

“You are on the journey of leaving.”

Then I recalled those times you worriedly asked me not to leave and anxiously anticipated that I would leave at some point.

My dear,

We are all on a journey of…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
Catching My Breath

The surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my large intestine was five weeks ago. The initial diagnosis was the best I could have hoped for. The tumor was located in splenic flexure, an anatomical term that defines a location near the descending colon tha…

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Life Coaching
Shuang-Min Chang
The Most Magical Place On Earth Is Within

What does Silence do for life?

This is a recount of my own journey. I have no desire to convince but to invite to connect with the quietness in your heart, the most magical place on earth.

On 17th May 2023, I entered my very first silent retreat. I was,…

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Life Coaching
Shuang-Min Chang
There Is Half Glass Of Water

I am not going to convince you again to see the glass is half full instead of seeing it half empty.

Believe it or not, however your first response and emotion to it, you’ve spent years and years since childhood to perfect this craft.

Yes, the craft to s…

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Life Coaching
Shuang-Min Chang
Trust For The Aeons To Come

Only if I could caress away the worries in your eyes and on your heart.

You love the ocean. It’s probably the one and only thing you let yourself love freely and courageously.

What comes with love is the worry, worrying that it’s going to change and die…

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Life Coaching
Shuang-Min Chang
Decision + Commitment = Extraordinary Life Quality

I’ve come to a conclusion.

To create a life of extraordinary quality lies in the ability and capacity to make decisions and to commit to those decisions.

Yes, decision and commitment have to come hand in hand like best friends forever.

(Take a close lo…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
Come Stumble With Me

My surgery is 12 days away. In the last ten days, I have had four related hospital appointments and a lot of blood work to ensure I was up to a 3-hour procedure. The surgeon and the hospital wanted to make sure I knew what to expect both pre-and post-surg…

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Life Coaching
Gary Merel
I Found A Potatoe In My Bed

My surgery was last week. Exactly four days ago. The procedure is called a colectomy. Considering the procedure’s complexity and the length of the surgery, my recovery feels easy. I was discharged after only two and a half days. I’m feeling tired and sore…

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