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  • Trust Times of Shadow

    Trust Times of Shadow

    It was my senior year of college, the year I thought I would walk across a stage and accept my diploma. I envisioned this incredible ceremony, surrounded by friends, with a job waiting me. However, reality had a different story to tell.   I clearly remember the day my life changed. I woke up feeling…

  • What the Heck Happened to Education?

    What the Heck Happened to Education?

    All that writing was just ink on a page.The last trend I will ever experience is the most absurd of all.All students need rigorous, profound, well-rounded instruction. Instructors will excel in different ways at different times. I have worked at a suburban high school for over twenty years. We began with a mostly white and…

  • Born Magical

    Born Magical

    We’re born magical, yet that internal gift is often squelched.When we listen, we are freed from the bondage of fear. You can regain your mission and purpose. After writing The Healing Moment: 7 Paths to Turn Messes into the Miracle of Love, people told me they never realized that they have had healing moments. Others…

  • “I Love You with All My Heart”

    “I Love You with All My Heart”

    I often told my mother that I love her with all my heart, even if that meant with only half of it. The other half of my heart never developed. I have a congenital defect called Hypoplastic Right Heart, Pulmonary Atresia with an intact ventricular septum. In simple terms, the ventricle that would normally pump blood…

  • A Walk through Fire

    A Walk through Fire

    Since Covid first began, like many people, I’ve experienced complete annihilation in certain areas of my life—the parts I’ve always considered the most important. As far as I can tell, the pandemic is a forced shift away from how we’ve been doing things and towards a New and Better Way of Existing. And not just…

  • Your Dig-Down

    Your Dig-Down

    How many people live inside my head? I do know it’s crowded, and sometimes they really get in the way of each other. I reach for the freezer door to pull out the ice cream. Voice 1 responds, “Nope, remember you’re cutting down on sugar.” Voice 2 weakly objects, “Yes but . . .” I…

  • Taken Away, Again

    Taken Away, Again

    I am Ilze Marie Madeiros, but that wasn’t always my name. I used to be Ilze […]

  • Playing with Playlists

    Playing with Playlists

    If I had a nickel for every playlist I’ve made in my life, I would just go ahead and […]

  • Hanging by a Thread

    Hanging by a Thread

    As I’m about to doze off, an idea strikes me. Grumbling but excited, I grab […]

  • Bring on the Party!

    Bring on the Party!

    Yes! Bring on all the Holliday cheer that surrounds us in November and December! However, let’s not bring on the average 5-10 extra pounds everyone gains. Ever wonder why we go on diets in January? You guessed it. It’s not just to get ready for beach season. It’s also to lose the “ugh” we gained…