My mother was the bravest person I have ever known. Raised on a farm in North Dakota during The Great Depression, the challenges she and her family faced were immense. Imagine trudging out in the middle of the night in -30 degree temperatures to use the outhouse and then wipe yourself with pages of the Sears catalog? My biggest hardship is sitting in a car without heated seats. Because of […]
The rate of U.S. adolescents and young adults dying of suicide has reached its highest level in nearly two decades, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. With over 6,200 suicides among people aged 15 to 24, suicide ranked as the second-leading cause of death for people in that age group in 2017. Most experts agree that the brain isn’t fully developed until the […]
When I left the corporate world after a twenty-year career in sales and marketing, my dad asked me what was next on the horizon. I told him I was going to step out of the rat race and pursue my lifelong dream of writing. He was always optimistic and supportive, but I know deep inside he thought this was a very bad idea. I’d always made good money and to […]
The older I get, the more grateful I am that true beauty is within us. I have wrinkles around my eyes, my skin has lost some firmness, and brown spots dot my once porcelain complexion, but I know my true essence is in my soul.
Jiminy Cricket had it right when he said to Pinocchio, "Let your conscience be your guide." But the naïve and trusting Pinocchio was still led astray to the sinful Pleasure Island. The concept of conscience is prominent in most world religions including Hinduism, Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. In the literary traditions of the Bhagavad Gita, conscience is the label given to attributes composing knowledge about good and evil, that […]
We would all like a few "do overs." But unless you are a time traveler, you must deal with your past hurts and mistakes and move forward. #amyhagberg #todaysquote
UGH, this is a phrase I repeat to myself nearly every day. Writing is a true labor of love, whether you write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or songs. With every word I put down, I hope my work will capture the heart of a reader, somewhere… someday. I was in the corporate world for over two decades and began writing to make a difference. That corporate career was easier in so […]
I have a friend on Facebook whose life seemed perfect. He constantly posted pictures of his happy family, fun get-togethers with friends, and romantic vacations. But behind the smiles was a life fraught with sadness. We all have chapters of our lives we keep under wraps. Sometimes things are not what they seem. When dealing with others, remember that we don’t always know the private hell they are enduring. Be […]