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Donna Jean Freberg lives in Los Angeles. The daughter of satirist Stan Freberg, she is no stranger to the world of writing and show business. She has written and produced for television and has self published three books of essays on life, love, God and motherhood.

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Light Up the Darkness

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 1:44 PM

"The people who are making this world worse are not taking a day off.
How can I?
Light up the darkness." --Bob Marley

"2015" sounds very futuristic to me. Something about the 15 I think, it just has a sci-fi ring to it. In a kind of...

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Hang Up the Phone!

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Let's recap shall we? We seem to have forgotten not only proper etiquette when it comes to cell phones and all other devices but the law as well. Have we forgotten that it is illegal to hold a cell phone in your hand and talk on the phone while you...

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Maya on My Mind

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:49 PM

"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."
-Maya Angelou

When some people die, the planet becomes a little less interesting of a place. In...

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A Different Take on New Year's 'Intentions'

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 3:51 PM

"Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." (Leonard Cohen)

It seems, for the most part, that "New Year's resolutions" don't have a great track record. I was having a discussion about this with a...

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The Happy Warrior

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Suaviter on modo, fortiter in re
Gentle in manner, resolute in deed

Exactly five years ago I was walking down the street and passing a newsstand I saw a close-up of Nelson Mandela's face staring back at me from the cover of Time Magazine. I love his face, looking...

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I Share a Dream for the Common Good

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 10:28 PM

I was very moved by Arianna Huffington's recent piece called "God, Cellphones, Quarterly Earnings and the Search for the Common Good." It's wrapped around the release of Jim Wallis's book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good and challenges all...

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What I Don't Know For Sure

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 10:44 AM

I thought I knew everything. Or at least pretty close. It took a long time to become wise, and by wise I mean to realize how much I don't actually know. And for a while it's left me feeling pretty faithless and lost. Being so sure of what's what, what...

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Giving Up New Year's Resolutions for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 8:00 AM

As I sat and contemplated the end of one year and the start of a new one, I realized the whole idea of New Year's resolutions wasn't working for me. It felt stale -- been there, done (or never ended up doing) that. It feels too much like a game...

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'Spectacular Falls From Grace'

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:25 PM

"Don't compromise yourself, you're all you've got." -- Janis Joplin

As I stood there and screwed back on the top of my thermos of hot tea, my eyes caught the words deeply etched into the yellow band at the top... LIVESTRONG. I felt this wave of sadness and I wondered...

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"Can Somebody Please Get the Emperor Some Clothes?"

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 9:34 AM

"I can say with some confidence that we're losing the fight, badly and quickly -- losing it because, most of all, we remain in denial about the peril that human civilization is in."
(Bill McKibben)

I had been composing an idea in my head to write about the...

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The Road of Good Intentions Has Gone Dry as a Bone...

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 4:27 PM

I woke up this morning with thoughts of the DNC dancing in my head. What was it about it? What was the word I was searching for to describe what I was trying to put my finger on about how it "felt" ... how the democrats roll, as it were?...

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Time For Some "Time-Outs"

(7) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Some parents need a serious timeout. No negotiation, no bargaining, no giving in. Off you go to be by yourselves and think about what you've done. About your behavior. Sit and be alone with yourself until you can come out and choose to behave better. The way you have been...

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My Rielle-ity Check

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:29 PM

Within days of Rielle Hunter promoting her book coming out -- and her finally, freely, spouting her truth, her version of their journey together -- it's o-v-e-r? Now on so many levels I don't care one bit, one way or the other. Their lives, their movie. But as I sat...

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The Heart Has Its Reasons

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 6:39 PM

This life is a funny thing. Complex, full of twists and turns and disappointments, love and betrayal, all the stuff of the stories told that move us and shape us. Of all the things that come our way, a brutal betrayal is perhaps one of the things that is hardest...

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Hearts Turned to Stone

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 3:07 PM

I've decided that the Grammy Awards have become a wild, embarrassment of riches, music concert with a few awards given out in between, only when absolutely necessary. And I like it. Such diverse music, coming at you one right after the other (I pity those poor people making sure all...

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L'amour L'amour

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 11:30 AM

I think it was the Starbuck's cup with hearts swirling around on it that put me over the edge. You see I've been incredibly loved in my life, in every way -- I'm talking about romantically -- but this is the first year since I was 15 that I haven't...

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The Content of Our Character

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 1:35 PM

As I was reading a few things here and there in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., a famous line of his jumped out at me, it is the line where he dreams of a day in which his children, "will not be judged by the color of their skin...

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Giving Some Thought to 2012

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 5:59 PM

"All serious daring starts from within." -- Eudora Welty

So it's pretty clear that all the people "in the know" seem to think that New Year's resolutions don't work. Deepak Chopra, the popular alternative self-help author, when asked if he thought there was a way for people to make their...

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Finding My Way Back to the Table

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 7:09 AM

I have to confess I'm starting to see -- up close and a little too personal as I stare at a new mole that I'm sure wasn't there yesterday -- what Bette Davis meant when she uttered that now famous line, "Old age isn't for sissies." And I'm just on...

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Throw 'Em to the Lions

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 2:11 PM

"We were vain and ignorant nor knew
that when we stabbed thy heart
it was our own real hearts we slew." -- Oscar Wilde

It's interesting when ideas that have been floating around in the ether and in your head start to pop up in the collective...

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