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Chocolate Chip Cookies — November 24, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip pecan cookie

There is something magical about eating a homemade chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven.

Many of you know that I love baking. I love chocolate (and I love baking with chocolate!)

As the weather gets colder, it is the perfect time to mix up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Stop by my blog Bake Chocolate Cake to see some of my favorite treats including a recipe for extra thick Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies.




25 Ways to Wear a Scarf —
Why a good book is a secret door — October 11, 2014
Why Thinking You’re Ugly is Bad for You — October 10, 2014
Seven Deadly Sins of Speaking — June 29, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins of Speaking

I really like Julian Treasure’s TED talk “How to Speak So That People Want to Listen.”  He begins with seven deadly sins of speaking:

1. gossip
2.  judging
3.  negativity
4.  complaining
5.  excuses
6.  lying
7.  dogmatism

He explains that we should avoid these deadly sins and focus on four cornerstone foundations if we want speech to be powerful and to make a change in the world.  He describes them as HAIL

H- honesty
A- authenticity
I-  integrity
L- love

He ends the talk describing how we have an amazing tool box with the capability of using our voices in powerful ways, yet very few people have actually opened their tool boxes.

“What would the world be like it we were speaking powerfully to people who are listening consciously in environments which were actually fit
for purpose?”

This is a great 10-minute talk.





the best part of life — May 31, 2014
the power of others — May 16, 2014
It Was Mom — May 9, 2014

It Was Mom

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general.  If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

Pablo Picasso



“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.  All I am I owe to my mother.  I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

George Washington




Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating — April 26, 2014

Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

“Your home is whatever in this world you love more than you love yourself.  So that might be creativity, it might be family, it might be invention, adventure, faith, service.  It might be raising corgis.  I don’t know.  Your home is that thing to which you can dedicate your energies with such singular devotion that the ultimate results become inconsequential.

For me, that home has always been writing.”

Elizabeth Gilbert




Remember that . . . —