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It's All About Perspective

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Today I would like to share with you the story of Brother Orange.

But before we get to the story, let me ask you some questions: how would you react if your iPhone or other costly device were stolen? 

Would you panic? 

Get angry? 

Feel violated?

Or would you embark on an adventure to the other side of the world and make a new friend for life?

Wait ... WHAT did I just say? 

I happened upon the CRAZIEST story on YouTube the other day, and it got me thinking about how sometimes a bad thing can turn into a good thing, and what we get out of it is all about how we perceive it. Additionally, how we choose to respond (not react) can make all the difference in the world. And finally, that human beings are capable of connecting and forming strong bonds regardless of background, culture, or language barriers...which then got me to thinking: why don't we ALL do that, all the time? 

Anyway, here's t…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Bad Checks

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Happy Friday, and Happy Day After Thanksgiving if you're in the US! Just how stuffed did we all get yesterday? I hope your holiday, if you celebrated, was nice! If you're going shopping today, have fun and stay safe! 
Now on to today's fortune cookie:
Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad check. First of all, I love that I had a black ceramic spoon rest with sparkles in it that I could use as the backdrop for this fortune—looks like a universe a little bit, doesn't it? :)

Anyway—you can take this one literally, but I'd rather take it figuratively:


What bad checks are you writing in your life? 
I don't mean money, but let's use that as the jumping off point for a better understanding of our life practices. 
What is writing a bad check? It's paying for something with money you don't have, right? So let's take that one step further: Are you…

Thankful...

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Hello everyone! I can't believe it is already mid-November. I hope your autumn has been going well. 



If you live in the USA, then you know what next week is: THANKSGIVING! 🦃🍂🍁

For those of you not from the US (though some other countries do have similar holidays), Thanksgiving is a holiday that garners a lot of attention, both positive and negative, and for a lot of reasons that I won't break down, here. The basic idea behind the day, though, is to spend time with family, celebrate with a huge feast, and give thanks for what we have. 

You all know by now that we here at positively b.e.e. believe in being thankful EVERY day, but still, it seems appropriate to make the post prior to Thanksgiving one about thankfulness. Here are some things I am thankful for, lately:

My editing and writing consulting work. It makes me so happy to help people with their writing, whether academic, fic…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Leave a Trail

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Hi everyone!

Before I get to today's fortune, I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who reached out regarding the Tree of Life shootings here in Pittsburgh. Some of you simply offered prayers and comfort, and others told me how what I wrote about it affected you. I'm here to help in any way I can, but I'm glad I'm not operating in a vacuum. Your words were as much a comfort to me as mine may have been to you. Thank you for your support and for sharing your thoughts. <3

Okay, it's time for Fortune Cookie Friday! 
Are you commencing a new project soon? Having a change of career? Or thinking about some kind of change?

This one may be for you:



Do not follow where the path may lead. Go where there is no path...and leave a trail.

This one is so straightforward, it surprises me. Usually, I see at least 2-3 different ways to read a fortune cookie, but this one ju…

When Tragedy Strikes

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Last weekend was very rough here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

On Saturday morning, October 27th in Squirrel Hill, a beautiful, diverse neighborhood in the east end of Pittsburgh, one man decided to take several guns into a place of worship and kill innocents as they attended services at the Tree of Life synagogue.

By the time he was done, he had killed 11 people, injured 6 others (including 4 police officers), and had been injured, himself. He has now been charged on 44 counts, including hate crime charges.

Hate = Fear. It is caused by fear, and it causes fear.

And it's stupid.

11 beautiful souls: taken.

All because of fear.

I still can't wrap my mind around this! It has hit close to home in ways I am only beginning to process. I used to live in Squirrel Hill, and now live just adjacent, about a mile or two away from the synagogue where this happened. I pass by Tree of Life …