Hanukkah Special

Moshe Mikanovsy visits Story~Power again to help us understand the Holiday of Hanukkah.

In product management,  Moshe started his career on the engineering side, specifically within the enterprise real-time B2B software space. He fell in love with product management after seeing the gap that existed between what customers wanted and what engineering produced. Moshe enjoys applying his lean iterative approach to develop products that exceed users’ expectations.

Being a creative person, Moshe paints and write, and lives to bring from his Hewish heritage into all his creative endeavors. 

Living in Toronto, he can’t stand the cold winters but loves his Canadian home and the maple trees all over.

My Glorious Brothers Howard Fast

The Story of Hanukkah David A. Adler, Jill Weber (Illustrator)

Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin

The Resurrector Moshe Mikanovski coming December 2021,YouTube trailer

Moshe’s Website List of podcasts Moshe has been a guest on

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Giving Thanks!

Henri Matisse – Blue Pot and Lemon

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” ~ Brené Brown

For those of us in the United States, this is Thanksgiving Day weekend. Like some of our holidays, it’s a bit dubious because we celebrate on the backs of the First Nations who lived here before we Europeans took possession. I think it’s extremely important to acknowledge that our ancestors did a lot of damage. That’s why I’d like to see us change Thanksgiving from celebrating the landing of the Pilgrims, to a national holiday to be grateful for what we have. We can’t go back and change history, but maybe we can learn from the ancient cultures of the world how to live more gracefully upon Mother Earth and be grateful for all She gives us.

I’m grateful for this holiday weekend because, as I wrote last week, I’m exhausted. In fact, yesterday, I, unexpectedly, took a four hour nap. I was sleeping so deeply, I don’t even think I dreamed and when I awoke at almost 8:00 p.m., I was confused. I thought it was morning because I felt so refreshed. But it was so dark. When I realized it was night and that I’d been asleep for four hours, I laughed out loud.

I have been thinking a great deal about self-care lately. How am I going to balance all the new teaching responsibilities with writing this blog and doing my podcast? I’ve had to put off writing my book for the time being. But I feel I can do a better job of taking care of myself.

This is what I came up with for now. I’m going to take a month off from writing this blog. I’m nearly finished editing the Story~Power episodes for the rest of year. I have one more to record on Monday and then that’s it. I will take a real break to rest and recoup. The pressure I was feeling was self made and I can choose to recharge my batteries before the next semester begins.

This is a sacred time of year and for once, I’m going to honor it by not rushing around but taking time to go within. I feel like big changes are coming for me and I need to be ready to meet the challenges these changes will bring.

I hope you take time for some self-care in December. I am grateful for all of you who read this post every week. Even though sometimes I’m just trying to work out how I’m thinking and feeling in the moment, you stick with me. 

Happy Holidays. May you share peace and joy with family and friends. Until we meet again in 2022 …

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Grief Doesn’t End, It Changes

Julee Balko has been a Creative Director, brand builder, and content creator for years – while mothering and lassoing her three crazy daughters in her spare time. But she’s always wanted to be a “real” writer – the kind who has a book with her name on it.

“The Things We Keep” is her first novel and a dream come true.  Julee has always been drawn to writing about interesting characters and complex relationships. She wanted to create characters that go way beyond your “let’s go shopping” kind of mothers. This book was especially written for women and men who are a part of the sandwich generation – those who are trying to take care of their aging parents while balancing parenting, a job, and multiple glasses of wine.

Grief Doesn’t End, It Changes

The Things We Keep, Julee Balko

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Julee’s Website

The Me List upcoming book by Julee Balko

University of Washington Medical Center

Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

Names of Julee’s stories and essay, “Baggage”, “Dying of Laughter”, “What We Talk About.”

Medium Writer’s platform

The Secrets of Body Language (2008) Director James Millar, The History Channel

The People you Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry

Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Julee’s Social Media outlets, Twitter, Instagram

NetGalley

PodMatch

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Communication Lessons

Woman Listening

“My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.” ~ Jada Pinkett Smith

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it–through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” ~ Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul for Lifelong Beauty

It came to me little by little over the last few months that I have been teaching people to take me for granted. And the biggest part of that was that I was NOT communicating how I felt when those exchanges happened. Just recently my husband, Barry has been the instrument Divine Oneness used to help me finally see that I needed to put myself first.

Maybe you were brought up like I was to think that it was selfish to put your needs above that of others. Over the years as I’ve studied various spiritual teachers, almost all of them have said variations of the same thing. We must learn to take care of ourselves first. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary. How can we help others if our tank is empty?

My tank is almost completely empty right now. 

Barry and I have had a few incidences recently where I felt that he wasn’t listening to me, he wasn’t treating me with respect, or honoring my point of view. One day it hit me that I had not fully taught him how I wanted to be treated. If I sat quietly and accepted the way an exchange had gone, how would he know that I was hurt, or irritated by what he’d said or done?

So, we talked about my realization. It’s not that Barry wants to hurt me. My silence makes him think I agree with him. I have to speak up and say, “When you say, or do thus and so, I feel this.” That’s clear non-accusatory communication. When I do that, he’s always surprised and apologetic. He doesn’t mean to make me angry or feel belittled. So, we decided that we both need to speak up and tell each other the truth if an exchange is out of balance so we can have clearer more loving exchanges.

I realized something else these past months, I’ve continued to hold on to anger over long past events. When I was in college I was harassed on a daily basis because I was the only woman in the religious studies program. My heart would sink into my stomach every mealtime as the three “dark angels” came toward me to expound the truth that I was violating the natural order of things by studying something reserved for men. I understand now that I used them as an excuse to be suspicious of all men and that’s not good. I need to let that go.

The bottom line for me is that women need to teach men how to treat us. We don’t have to do it in a nasty or back handed way. We can assert our feelings in a clear unemotional manner. If our male friends and family still don’t get it, it might be time to let them go. That could mean not associating with them any more, or it might mean we withdraw emotional attachment to any interactions we have with them. If you want an example of what I mean by withdrawing emotional attachment, go watch the movie, Now, Voyager. Bette Davis’ character learns to assert her independence from her controlling mother, while still maintaining a relationship with her. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing decision. Once Bette Davis’ character loved herself, her mother knew she couldn’t manipulate her any longer.

I believe it’s time for women to speak up and not let the world roll on as it has for millennia. It’s time for a change and I believe women are the drivers of that change.

Have a wonderful weekend. Welcome new followers. Thanks for joining us. Please leave a comment, like, or share these posts with your friends and family. And if you are so inclinded, leave a donation to support my work. Thanks in advance. Let’s spread some love.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Dealing With My Stress

“Just enjoy every moment – don’t stress. Just be yourself.” ~ Mabel

“The way we think about ourselves will give rise to the world we live in.” ~ Gregg Braden

I admit it, I’ve been struggling since the Fall semester began. Trying to balance all the new responsibilities at the college and keep up with the creative endeavors I feel called to do has been a challenge. And, of course, there are so many stresses bombarding me (us) from the bigger world. 

I’m not opposed to my life being turned upside down every now and then. I get bored if I feel like I’m in a never ending routine. The trick is to find a balance. Some days that’s a challenge.

Here’s what I’m learning to do. I make sure I take time in the morning to meditate, and some days I write in my journal to help me vent, and/or listen for guidance. I do this no matter how busy my day is. Even if I only get to meditate for ten minutes, that’s good.

Another thing I’m learning to do is live in the present moment. I have a bad habit of projecting myself into the future. What will be the outcome if I do this, or that? I try to anticipate and mitigate disasters, which, of course, never works. When I do that I have so many things in my head that I get overwhelmed and that’s not good either. My productivity is impaired and I exhaust myself.

True rest is another thing I am learning to do. If I need to take a nap, or just lay down for a quick rest, it’s good not to futz around watching YouTube videos, or checking social media. I find it’s better to read my novel or watch a fictional story to give my mind a rest from work. It’s amazing how much more I can get done when I’m not in such a big yank to tick off lots of tasks in one day. 

I am grateful for all the things I’ve had to deal with these last months because some of them have helped me get clear on things that still need another round of healing. And some of these things are issues I’ve been working on for decades.

I guess life would be really boring and not worth living if we didn’t face challenges that forced us to grow.

Thanks for following, liking and commenting. Take care as we head into the end of the year.

Blessings for a great weekend.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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