FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Ann’s Blog

Ship Shape

Just a bit of a rant this week on taking environmental responsibility, first, of a very specific kind. Signs. I urge anyone who puts up signs for yard sales, bridal or wedding showers, road races, and other events, to do the responsible thing, and take the signs down soon after the event.… Read More

Being Present

With her blessing, I share with you my friend Meadow Linn’s thoughts, with some paraphrase, from a seminar-at-sea on an Alaska cruise. Enjoy the “Food For Thought.” “While our ship traveled along the Inside Passage, past evergreen cliffs and snow-covered peaks, I spent a lot of time pondering the natural world and the importance of solitude.… Read More

Independence Day

This Saturday, July 4th, we hopefully recall and show respect for the courageous act of our forefathers: the signing of the Declaration of Independence; declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is typically associated with fireworks and parades, picnics and family reunions, barbecues and baseball games, fairs and carnivals, the Boston Pops Holiday Concert and fireworks on the Esplanade.… Read More

Father’s Day- A True Townie

I hope you’ll forgive me a bit of nostalgic rambling as we approach Father’s Day. Some of you may also find yourself joining me in a bit of sentimentality, whether your dad is still here or has left this plane of existence.… Read More

Gratitude Found

One more week on this theme of “let the feelings flow through.”  I find that I was given the opportunity again this week to practice the principle! It’s been an extremely frustrating week. I’d planned to leave early in the morning to be at my destination by evening.… Read More

A Joyful Noise

Last time, I shared the sadness and anger that came up for me when I learned that our much beloved pastor will be leaving after fifteen years at UCC Norwell. Blessedly, I was able to allow myself to feel those emotions and let them flow through me, rather than denying them or pushing them down deep inside where they would surely fester like an infected wound.… Read More

Letting Emotions Flow Through

I’ve had a real opportunity to practice what I preach about feeling emotions and letting them flow through me rather than allowing them to remain trapped within me, like emotional cement that weighs me down and keeps me from moving forward in life.… Read More

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking was written in 1952 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most influential clergyman of his time (1898-1993). It’s such a simple and effective premise, that positive thinking creates a positive life, and yet it can be so difficult to live in this mindset.… Read More

More Reframing

Last time I shared with you the concept of reframing: a way of changing the way you look at something, thereby changing your experience of it. A poignant example of reframing came to me last week as the Easter Story came into focus.… Read More

Re-Framing

  reprinted from Ann’s  3-26-2015 Scituate Mariner Column I want to share a concept with you this week that I had an opportunity to practice last week.  It was a good reminder for me, and a concept I share it often with folks I work with. … Read More

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