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Help Paint My Kitchen?!? May 11, 2011

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Do you remember last week when I wrote about the importance of having Vitally Important People in our lives?  Well, this past weekend they showed up in spades at my front door. I experienced the embodiment of VIPs when I had the, ahem, opportunity, to learn how to strip wallpaper, putty, sand, prime and paint my kitchen.
This was not a project for the faint of heart or body, and, since I had never performed these tasks, I really had to rely on some of my VIPs for assistance. They pitched in with physical labor, mental encouragement and nutritional sustenance to help get the job done.  When I tallied the results, I realized it took more than 61 woman-hours to complete.
My heartfelt thanks go out to Kathy Schimmel for her know-how, incredible hard work, and patience; to Frankye Bruce for her amazing attention to detail and Subway sandwiches; to Sherry Grubbs for sharing her delicious Shari’s Berries and good cheer; to Robert Grubbs for his stable, really tall ladder; to Beth Kauffman for pizza, chocolate, and moral support; to Julie Moyers for “put-your-pants-on” chicken and fruit salads; and, of course, to Lesley Hunt for
all of the above, all of the time.
My life is richer, more enjoyable, extra productive, and filled with love because of these individuals and many others.  The VIPs in my life support me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually every day.
Now, for you dear readers, it is my sincerest hope and wish that you, too, have heroes and champions in your life.  Last week, I asked you to make a list of them.  This week, I invite you to choose at least one of those relationships to nurture in some way.  Write a note. Invite him or her over for coffee or wine.  Set up a lunch or dinner date.
Or, ask them to help paint your kitchen!
Your Still-Recovering Coach,
Francie Cooper
P.S.  Steve and I talk about the imortance of relationships in our pursuit of happiness on this week’s internet radio episode of TapaPalapa!  Click on the link to listen in.

Fundamentals of Superheroism – #3 June 15, 2009

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“When the going gets tough, the usual rules don’t apply. Your editors, commanding officers, supervisors, and teachers and other authority figures will insist on routines and protocols. You will try to explain that flesh-eating zombies, a psychotic super-villain, a global conspiracy, or an extraterrestrial eco-catastrophe (I’m speaking metaphorically here, more or less) call for extraordinary measures, and you’ll most likely be punished for your insubordination. Until, that is, your bosses need rescuing. And then they will take credit for your bold, imaginative thinking.” A.O. Scott

Fundamentals of Superheroism – #2 June 12, 2009

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“Heroism is a lonely, thankless vocation. Poor Spidey. Poor Batman. Poor Harry Potter. Ultimately, each is alone with his powers and responsibilities, burdened with expectations and misunderstood by even his closest friends and allies. Yes, it’s cool to be that special, but the chances to really enjoy it – to turn invisible, to fly through the air, to hand upside down and kiss Kirsten Dunst – are fleeting and few. The reward for being a hero is not fame or adulation but the quiet satisfaction of having done good.” A.O. Scott

Ten Fundamentals of Superheroism June 10, 2009

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“…since we all want to think of ourselves a heroes, it doesn’t hurt to ponder what it might take to be one. It’s not easy. In fact, these lessons…are full of paradox and contradiction. Just like life.” So says film critic A.O. Scott in his latest article in the July edition of Real Simple. He goes on to offer his take on the 10 Fundamentals of Superheroism.

Here’s the first:

1. Heroes don’t always know that they’re heroes.
Sometimes a wise old Jedi or a magic owl shows up to inform you of your destiny. Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time and you have to do the right thing. But sooner or later you will be called, and your life will change forever.”

Great food for thought. Check back for more later.