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Are You a Rippler?

28 Jul

I am, right now, on a brain and world expanding trip to Tanzania. I am working with an amazing organization called Global Volunteers. My task is to ask questions and gather data to initiate a project that is intended to reduce stunting and raise cognitive funtion for villagers in the Iringa Region of Tanzania. This is the first in a series of thought pieces as I work my through Tanzania and this inspiring project.


I think I have always been a rippler.

Rippler: A person who starts and/or continues ripples in hopes that those ripples will grow, merge with other ripples, and begin something beyond us all.

Yes, that is my definition but I think it fits for so many.

I wonder if it is odd that I find myself standing in the spot where it feels like life began – that thing that started as result of an event much beyond a ripple – and I am being pulled on to another huge event, in this moment in time, that is so much more than a ripple and might be hard for me to turn away from.

I know this all sounds oh so dramatic but I believe it is no coincidence that I am standing, geographically, at a spot where the first humans walked on the Earth, feeling like I am at the start of something big.


Here in Africa, the energy is so different. I can feel it and, for the moment, it is beyond what I understand. What I do understand is that the project I am watching unfold is not about making ripples, it is about the start of a wave.

Stepping in and riding that wave is completely new when you are used to making ripples.

Ripplers beware – momentum is growing and we need to expand with it.

 Next installment coming as internet allows! What is happening in your world?


When Life Gets too Serious? Play!

3 Jun

When did life get so serious?

Enough of that crap.

No preaching. No sharing wise thoughts or research. Today, let’s just play!

I picked these photo puzzles because they made me smile and made me feel oh so good.

Which one of these photos is different?

whoopie cushion OTTNLAs you find the three differences (locate three changes in the photo on the right) I am not even going to talk about how good play is for your health in general or your brain in particular (although I guess I just did).

weve come too far static


And… as you find the one photo that is not like the others, I am not going to preach the value of living joyfully in the moment to quality of life and quality of thinking (although I just did that too).

Too much Soul!

Enjoy your moments. Play your way through the day.

I don’t have to tell you what will happen (even though I might have let a thing or two slip) — you will feel it :)!!!

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