Small Towns: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Common wisdom is that small towns are great places for kids to grow up. Yes and No. My first town had a population of 70, the next one was 800, and the next was 5,000. When my very large family Continue reading

Reader asks for help with Daughter’s Parenting woes

Doris Wrote: “Beth, you mentioned that you have raised a number of children, and it sounds like they turned out good. Can you help me with my daughter? She has a 4 year old daughter who is running the house. Continue reading

Resilience – Finding Inner Strength

It’s dicey out there! Buckle up, the ride isn’t over yet! People are reporting feeling more stressed now than they did one year ago according to the American Psychological Association. But it doesn’t have to derail you. What can YOU Continue reading

Parallel Universes Revisited

Do you believe in Parallel Universes? I do. You would say yes if you think about it. I pipe in relaxing music when I’m getting a room ready for a speaking or training session. This time I played a friend’s Continue reading

Setting Boundaries ~ Creating Resilient Kids

While waiting for my sandwich at a restaurant I watched the 20-year old behind the counter. Not once did he make eye contact. He was completely lost in a simple human-to-human contact situation. Looking around I saw tables filled with Continue reading

How to Succeed: Embrace Imperfection!

Hawaii, with its Asian influence, has afforded many deep insights into finding peace and happiness within. A concept I heard decades ago has crossed my path half a dozen times this year: Wabi Sabi. A friend just sent me Arielle Continue reading

Best You Can…

He sat on the sidelines watching bemused as we whirled and twirled to the live country music. Wizened and slight, he had to be in his mid-90’s. His eyes twinkled as he studied our steps. When the band stopped and Continue reading

The Comfort of Real Friendship

Olaf Isaachsen once said, “I like you to the extent that I’m comfortable with myself in your presence.” If we look at our close friends – not business contacts or acquaintances, we know their real gift to us is the Continue reading

You Are Here

My dad used to say, “Work with people where they are, not where you think they should be.” This goes for the way you treat yourself as well. Work with yourself where you are, not where you think you should Continue reading

The Gift of Trouble

Most of us wander through life without clear and focused goals. We get up in the morning and go on automatic pilot. One recent study (I don’t know who funds these things!) said when you bathe you start washing yourself Continue reading