Author Archives: Sylvia Swanson

Changing the Present — Giving Differently

Slowing down and savoring the present moment is a challenge in December. In recent years my family collectively decided to change the way we conduct our holiday gift-giving to one another: from a practice that usually involved extensive shopping to … Continue reading

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No Matter What

Hello holidays! Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here. When you think about the holidays do you feel tension and stress, or excitement and joyful anticipation? For many of us the holidays are a combination of both. Perhaps a good place … Continue reading

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Finding Home — Friendship House

Sometimes life challenges us to a long search before we find what we need, and sometimes it takes a while to make what we have found our own. This is especially important when we are creating a home. Home isn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Thanking Ourselves

Many of us grew up with the parental admonition to say “thank you” when receiving a kindness. In turn, we instruct our children to do the same. To stop there leaves out something important – thanking ourselves for what we … Continue reading

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Everyday Success and Ripples

Our American culture defines success in terms of power, prestige, and money, which deprives the term of its greater meaning. Ralph Waldo Emerson writes this definition of success: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people … Continue reading

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Share a Laugh

Being part of the Friends After Diagnosis women’s cancer support group means we share some of life’s toughest moments with each other. When we arrive at a meeting, we know there will be kindness, support, encouragement, education, and laughter. No … Continue reading

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Recess Isn’t Just for Kids

I remember how good it felt as a child to get a play break in the school day. I loved the recess bell. Rushing from the classroom onto the playground for a variety of outdoor activities was a stress releaser … Continue reading

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Daring to be Authentic

In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown writes, “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice … Continue reading

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You are an Artist

Whenever I watch my husband paint, I marvel at his ability to look at something and reproduce it on canvas. That is a talent I do not have! During my teaching years there were times when I wanted to illustrate … Continue reading

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Intuition – Our Internal GPS

The last time my husband and I purchased a car, both of us made a list of what functions were most important to us. Knowing my talent for getting lost meant an on-board GPS system was at the top of … Continue reading

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