How To Connect Deeply With Nature – Green Burial

I’ve spent the last two and a half months in Philadelphia –  helping my Dad transition from living totally on his own to having someone come into his home daily to help out with errands, cooking, etc. I listened to him speak more about death on this trip than I have my entire life time.

So when I received a reminder about screening a documentary on green burial late last week, my first reaction was ‘Really? I’m absolutely exhausted, am jammed up with work, and do I really want to watch a documentary on death?’

Something told me to make the time to view it. And boy am I glad I did. I don’t remember ever so highly recommending a documentary. A Will for the Woods is a powerful testimonial for why you should seriously consider green burial.

I urge you to watch this short snippet and see when it will be coming to a theatre near you. And if it isn’t, think about hosting a viewing in your home. It has the power to change the way you view death and your connection to nature.


A Will for the Woods – Official Trailer from A Will for the Woods on Vimeo.

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Are You A Pusher?

 There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” Orison Swett Marsden

OOooo Are You A Pusher?

In the fast pace world we live in, it’s easy to forget how important it is to step outside of our circle of family, friends, and colleagues to mentor kids and young people who are more vulnerable to falling through the cracks. Continue Reading →

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Design Your Own Belief System

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” Carl Sagan

Inspirational Quote

Being bombarded by a plethora of information 24/7, don’t you sometimes wonder if you have the power to design your own belief system?

The truth is that you do!

It’s your birthright to question and think for yourself.

If you want to be an authentically caring and connected citizen of the world, then it’s important that you take the time to pause, reflect, allow yourself to live in a state of ‘not knowing’, and not jump to conclusions based on what experts in any given field tell you.

The video below, The Devils In The Detail, does a masterful job of explaining why it’s critical to question authority.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. I’d love to hear how you work at designing your own belief system. xo – Fran

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Write Your Own Story

Research shows that even extremely successful women struggle with self-doubt in the work place.

In an article I recently read, Barbara Stanny, the author of Secrets of Six Figure Women, shares how many of the thousands of  women she interviewed struggle with fear and feeling like a fraud.

“I was struck by how often they made the same observation. In the world of work, men walk in feeling entitled, sure everyone knows it and tend to take bigger risks. Women, on the other hand,  feel flawed, sure everyone sees it, and tend to hold back.”  Forbes Magazine

Her words got me thinking about my dear friend Susan who dreamed of owning a high-end women’s clothing boutique from the time she was old enough to hobble around in her mother’s high heels.

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But Susan was born into a family where advanced degrees were the norm. Since she was a people pleaser rather than a risk taker she took the traditional route of going to an Ivy League school, getting a law degree and working ridiculously long hours so that she could become a partner in a prestigious law firm.

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The Power of Connecting Face To Face

Listen to Fran read the story, The Power of Connecting Face To Face, by clicking on HERE.

Power of Connecting Face to Face

Anthony Riley singing on street corner in Center City Philadelphia

I was rushing out of my apartment to get to a meeting when I heard someone singing.

Something about the tone, beauty – and most of all heart in this voice- lured me across the street.

It took me less than 2 minutes to become a fan of Anthony Riley, a young man, who sets up his music box and container of CDs at the corner of a busy street in center city Philadelphia.

Anthony is not only extremely talented – he’s smart.

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