Ellen’s Western States 2005 Pacing Report

I had the pleasure of pacing Joseph Maartens (# 213) of South Africa this past weekend from Foresthill to Auburn, and watch him cross the finish line in just under 28 hours – 2 hours less than his goal!  It was an unforgettable experience for me, too, as it was my first time at Western States and also my …

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Nelson Mandela

Invictus, The Movie and The Poem

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” Sound familiar? The movie, “Invictus”, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, is based on the true story of how newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela used the 1995 World Cup Rugby playoffs to inspire and unite his country after the …

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How Bad Does It Have To Get Before You Decide to Change?

Some of us are expert procrastinators. We leave everything to the last minute. It might be a project at work. Or we may have promised a friend or a family member that we would do something. And maybe we get so late a start that we do the job poorly – or maybe not at …

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Celebrating Earth Day with Gratitude

Earth Day happens every year in April.  Yeah! This is a great day not only for some positive thinking, but some positive actions. Thoughts and actions go hand in hand. Here are some things you might want to do: – Think grateful thoughts for being alive on this great Earth, which has some many beautiful …

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Don’t Give Up on Yourself

From time to time, all of us face disappointments that make us feel bad about ourselves. Here are some examples: – You’ve let yourself go, and become overweight and/or unhealthy. – You haven’t had as much success, financially or professionally, as you thought you should have had by now. You start thinking of yourself as …

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fortune cookies

Your Fortune Always Comes True

Your fortune always comes true. Do any of you collect your fortunes from Fortune Cookies, like I do? When I get a fortune that I like, I take it home and put it somewhere like on a windowsill or on my dresser, in a drawer or box, or in my bowl of paperclips. I keep …

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Catra Corbett

Embrace the New

Embrace the New “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan …

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