Contemplation

Let’s Party!

Christmas is a birthday party. Just the other night I found myself staring at my pathetic Christmas tree. It’s about three feet tall and unusually skinny. It does, however, have flocked branches and attached white lights for a holiday effect. My living room is small and (I know) over decorated, so I thought a modest …

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Life is how you Run the Bases, Slide!

How do you want to look back on your life? Clinical psychologist Viktor Frankl’s primary conviction was that human drive is not about pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. This is the part where you pause and say, “Hmmm.” Today’s conversation with myself was most enlightening. During my dedicated toothbrushing time, I …

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The Brain in Your Gut

That creepy feeling. A bad vibe. The brain in your gut. Who are these voices? Where are they coming from and what do we do about it? After a recent speaking engagement, I overheard a woman say she listened to her gut all the time. Is that possible? She’s been married twice and drinks too …

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What Happens When the FBI Knocks on Your Door?

I never expected the FBI to knock on my door. “Holly, someone is in the lobby for you,” how strange I thought, because I didn’t have any appointments and it was rare someone would just pop into my office.  I walked into the lobby and noticed two attractive men, well-groomed and dressed fashionably in blue …

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What Would You Do if You Witnessed Something Illegal?

Would you intervene if you witnessed something illegal? After I was released from Alderson Federal Prison, I visited friends and co-workers whom had supported me, through emails and letters. It was comforting to know they were still on my side and returning was an opportunity to personally thank them. One afternoon, I decided to surprise …

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Do You Condemn? Fear of Truth

Have no fear, for everyone is afraid of something, everyone has a secret, and nobody wants to get caught. Are you hiding behind something you condemn others for? Have you ever said this, “Please don’t tell anyone…?” The fear of being judged by a mistake you made is frightful, especially if you risk losing everything …

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