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Connie Barrett
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The Fixers
I'm thinking today about the idea of "self-improvement." So many courses are available that promise to improve your self-esteem, your ability to market, to clear out issues from the past, and many other tempting possibilities. In many (not all) of these off...

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20 Free Books About the Natural World: Part 2
Last week I wrote about the group giveaway in which I’m involved. It means a lot to me to be able to promote positive environmental ideals with other politically and spiritually committed authors. You can download as many as you want. The giveaway is from J...

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Love Your Planet: 20 Environmental Authors Explore the Natural World
Dear reader, I’m not what you’d call an ace promoter. I barely know how to tweet, and the idea of self-promotion makes me want to crawl beneath my desk. That’s why I was so excited about the idea of joining a group promotion with authors of fiction and nonf...

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60-second Meditation
We have to start somewhere. And on those days when focusing on anything for as long as 60 seconds seems challenging, this very mini-meditation may help you shift gears. Even if you meditate regularly and for much longer periods of time, sometimes derailing ...

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Lambs Do It
The other morning I saw a flock of sheep and lambs. The lambs ranged in age from recently born ones who followed their mothers on very shaky legs to some slightly older ones. The older lambs were learning that legs were perfect for leaping and bouncing and ...

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Songs That Inspire Me
As a writer, I often find myself in awe at the gift of poets and songwriters to say in a few words what may take me pages. This week I'm sharing two songs that have recently inspired me. The first many of you will know: "Dear Prudence," by the Beatles (from...

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The Shedding Season: What We Can Learn from Cats
It's the season when cats take off their winter coats—all over the place. Being the humble slave of two black cats, I have particular reasons to notice the results of the shedding process. I notice two things about shedding. The first is that it's messy for...

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Is Blogging Harmful to the Brain?
Note: Since many people are subscribed to my blog here, I'm continuing to post here. This post is also on my site at http://www.cmbarrett.com I was at an event with friends last night. One said that too much immersion in social media lowers intelligence. Ju...

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Post-Election Stress Relief
So many people are stressed out, frightened, and angry. Brain biology teaches us that when the primitive brain, which controls the fight-flight-freeze reaction, is activated, it draws blood from the frontal lobes, which control the ability to think and act ...

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A Mindfulness Meditation
Because today it is almost too hot to think (whenever I try, I feel brain cells melting), I am doing a very short post, a poem I wrote an introduction to a seminar I led on mindfulness. Re-reading it has reminded me to be mindful and to look for those aspec...
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