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Finding Meaning in Tragedy

By robindf
| Mar 29, 2016

My story starts a bit over two years ago when I reinserted/forced myself (with the support of a dear friend) into my dad’s life. After several decades of failed attempts and disappointing encounters, I had almost given up. This time would be different. After showing up at his doorstep, he let me in. We visited […]
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Private: Thick Skin or Inner Courage?

By robindf
| Mar 26, 2016

I have a client working with someone who is making his job very difficult. My client’s team is located around the world, so he has to manage them remotely. Not easy. As he’s talking about this particular individual he says, “I just have to get tougher skin to handle this person and focus on getting […]
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The Opposite of Going Postal

By robindf
| Dec 18, 2015

A most amazing thing happened at the post office the other day. I was standing in line to mail Christmas packages – a line that weaved through the main office, out the door and around the front of the building – when I heard a young couple arguing about a conversation the man was having on […]
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The Power of Patience

By robindf
| Dec 14, 2015

When I was 7 years old I made a trip to England to meet my grandparents on my fathers side for the first time. It was a special trip for many reasons, including meeting my friend Tom Spriggs. Tom was a trusted neighbor and friend of my grandparents. He and his wife were the first […]
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Faith Unencumbered by Belief – Possible?

By robindf
| Dec 12, 2015

i awoke scared today of thoughts and what-if’s. that list of things that keeps us lonely even amongst friends.   i pondered faith today, wondering where and how it begins, each time in life in each of us in me.   it’s been said that faith begins where philosophy ends. if this is true, then […]
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When Marketing Takes Priority Over Essence Who Loses?

By robindf
| Dec 1, 2015

The meaning of un-extraordinary might be a breakfast sandwich that fills a hole in your stomach and costs $5 at a place more commonly known for its customizable “coffee.” This breakfast sandwich looked delicious, with a thick slice of Canadian bacon, scrambled egg and a layer of graded cheddar cheese between two slices of fresh baked […]
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A Certain Kind of Dialogue

By robindf
| Nov 24, 2015

I happened upon the late physicist and author, David Bohm while conducting research for my Master’s thesis. Bohm wrote a ground breaking book called, Wholeness and the Implicate Order in which he introduced his interpretation of Quantum Physics. His writing about the nature of life at the sub-atomic level was lyrical but concrete, rational but […]
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15 Ways to Avoid Extremist Thinking as a Leader

By robindf
| Nov 19, 2015

About a year ago I read a post on LinkedIn about Leadership that included a list of what makes a good leader. The author was a CEO of a big company. The list struck me as so black and white that at first I thought it was a joke then I realized that it was […]
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On Change – An Excerpt from Rumi

By robindf
| Nov 9, 2015

I had a difficult weekend. Still grieving the premature loss of my father months ago, I suppose. After wrestling alone most of yesterday, I found a gentle place. And then a friend sent me this excerpt from Rumi. Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And […]
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Dance to Listen Better – What I Learned in Cuba

By robindf
| Nov 6, 2015

The following post recounts an experience I had during my first of many trips to Cuba from 1999 – 2012. “Quiero una cerveza,” I tell the bartender “Crystal o Bucanero?” he asks. The two main beers of Cuba, one on the lighter side, the other, slightly more dark. “Dame una Crystal,” I say with the […]
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Hate Starts Small Which is the Best Time to Catch It

By robindf
| Nov 5, 2015

A Typical Day It’s 2 in the afternoon on a Sunday when I see Mei-Lian, my landlady’s Gardner, squatting beside the bushes outside my apartment. A quiet 60-something woman from Mainland China, she greets me with a warm, “hay-wo.” She’s holding a pair of long arm plant clippers in one hand and fresh plant cuttings […]
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The Power of Presence

By robindf
| Nov 4, 2015

  This video caught my attention because I was curious about the person behind the Mr. Rogers of my childhood memory. I was irritated at first at Mr. Rogers’ slow pace – I went immediately to judgement, thinking, here we go he’s going to talk the same way he does in his children’s show? I’ll […]
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An Epic Dream

By robindf
| Nov 3, 2015

There are many types of dreams, Healing dreams, Recurring dreams, Lucid dreams, Nightmares, etc. One type of dream that’s less common, at least in my 50 years of living and sleeping are Epic dreams. Epic dreams, sometimes referred to as Great or Numinous dreams are vivid and compelling, so much so, detail can be remembered […]
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Why I Love Oakland

By robindf
| Nov 2, 2015

  I LOVE Oakland. It’s not about the Warriors win this past year. Though that’s super wonderful. It’s not about the recent hipster’ness of this town and it’s (long overdue) overnight popularity. It’s not because it’s the abused and so-called ugly step sister of the San Francisco. It’s because when I take my dog out […]
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The Value of Insecurity

By robindf
| Nov 1, 2015

Does it ever go away, the insecurity that lives in my skin ever since I was a girl. I’m walking to meet a friend and have to go along the lake which takes me past a large group of people salsa dancing. Just seeing this group makes me anxious (a bit of context soon to […]
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Forts: Nature Tells Us How to Build

By robindf
| Oct 30, 2015

I grew up in Los Gatos, a small town just South of what’s now Silicon Valley. Our one story house at the end of Jones Road was perfect for my brother and I because it was located on a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by nature. There was a wild, partially contained hundred-acre park that began where […]
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The Universe in Tide Pools

By robindf
| Oct 29, 2015

It’s the fall of 1973 and mom’s packing the car for a trip to the beach. Not any place – our special beach, a strand of remote coastline in Northern California between Santa Cruz and Pacifica. We call it brain beach instead of it’s official name, “Bean Beach,” because it’s cow-sized rocks – poc-marked with […]
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Falling Off the Beat and Starting Again

By robindf
| Oct 16, 2015

A few years ago, I was an avid Salsa and Rumba dancer. I’d go out a few times a week, every week and dance for hours. If you’ve enjoyed partner dancing to live music then you know that it’s one of the best feelings on earth. That joy of feeling into the steps, being in the […]
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The Power of Accepting a Loved One for Who They Are

By robindf
| Sep 8, 2014

Tomorrow is my late mothers birthday. In honor of her memory, I’m sharing the post below. I wrote it 2 years ago but feel even closer to the words and their sentiment than before. In fact, I love her more than ever before… Remembering Mom, Sally Lou Cameron (9/8/39 – 9/21/07) “A piece of work” […]
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Power Cartwheels for Focused Energy

By robindf
| Apr 23, 2014

Something that I’ve struggled with for some time, both at work and outside of work is that I have an ongoing stream of ideas which I’m compelled to start all at the same time. This is impossible of course. I know this. You know this. Even the expert multi-tasker has experienced the futility and gnawing […]
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