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Moments: Good Night

Moments: Good Night

Today is a story about family life and the odd, wonderful gifts that come out of the dysfunction. Lee Ann mines the rituals of family and gives us a beautiful ode to love, with music by John Hopkins.

It’s got a little something extra at the end, so enjoy this seven-minute love story that will both delight you and bring a wee smile to your face.


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Mystics and Poets Leave Us Love Songs

Mystics and Poets Leave Us Love Songs

We get help from our mystic and poet friends today as we celebrate love and passion: love of self, love of others and love of God. Lee Ann is joined in this episode by poet-lawyer, Andrea Grill. Enjoy this poetry in all its naked beauty!

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Stories Are Our Building Blocks

Stories Are Our Building Blocks

What story or stories are you telling yourself right this moment about yourself, your past, your future? What kind of tales are you spinning about others? What myths do you hold about the world and the current state-of-affairs?

Today, Lee Ann looks at story and shares how she switches the script in order to tell better stories about herself and those around her.

From the Episode:


Two Birds (Lee Ann Hopkins)


There are two theologies that arise–

Two birds taking flight

from the clay below.

One rises in song,

One with broken wing.


The poor one pecking its fallen self

as the songbird hears only

the call of God’s whisper:

“Oh you are good–

You, oh lovely creature!”


Divinity offered mirrored

words to the limp:

“Darling, you are holy;

fly my sweet, my innocent!”

To which he finds a worm in the apple.


Then the showers come

and the showers go.

Will they reek destruction or

will there be flowers and a rainbow?

That, my friend, all depends on where your bird’s story begins.



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Love 2.0

Love 2.0

Happy New Year!  Lee Ann has a short, SHORT story to get you started off right. And no surprise here–the story is about love!

The story is called “Love 2.0”, and the script is below to read again later!  May self-love be your starting point this year as you disentangle irrelevant, old and useless programs like low self-esteem, grudges and resentments.  Continue Reading

Moments: Velveteen Rabbit

Moments: Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic. It’s a must-read as a child AND as an adult.

Margery Williams (also known as Margery Williams Bianco) wrote this children’s book in 1922 about a stuffed rabbit and his desire to become real. The subtitle “How Toys Become Real” points the reader and listener to the truth. That truth conveyed through a small bunny in a boy’s life can change all of us. Listen closely for the wisdom of Skin Horse and the Nursery Magic Fairy as Lee Ann reads this timeless story to you and yours.

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Light Out of Darkness

Light Out of Darkness

Feeling a bit anxious in these dark and tumultuous times? You’re not alone! Listen in as Lee Ann shares two stories from her Icelandic travels that speak to the hope and light that we all need. It is the season of hope, light and expectation after all!

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Meditation on Yes

Meditation on Yes

“Yes” is a superpower in our world of “No!” This meditation is a musing about my favorite word. Find out why! Maybe you’ll learn to like it as much as I do.

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Meditation on Inner Peace

Meditation on Inner Peace

Grab a chair, pillow or some place comfy! Today, Lee Ann guides us through a simple and relaxing meditation. Take 10-15 minutes for yourself. You’ve got the time. Stop and take a few moments during all the chaos that life seems to throw at you. You deserve it.

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Meditation on Gratitude

Meditation on Gratitude

Today and everyday, the good life is about gratitude, right? You bet! In this episode, I consider this all-encompassing thing we call “gratitude” during that time of year when many of us–most of us–sit at overflowing tables, bow our heads and give thanks with our friends and loved ones. May you find within it something that will both lift you and challenge you.


Three Points, a Poem and a Host of Gratitude Quotes


The Three Points:

  1. We have an infinite capacity to take things for granted.
  2. Gratitude is the acknowledgement that we are not alone.
  3. Gratitude affirms that there is goodness in the world.


i thank You God for most this amazing (a poem by e.e. cummings)

i thank You God for most this amazing

day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes


(i who have died am alive again today,

and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth

day of life and of love and wings;and of the gay

great happening illimitably earth)


how should tasting touching hearing seeing

breathing any—lifted from the no

of all nothing—human merely being

doubt unimaginable You?


(now the ears of my ears awake and

now the eyes of my eyes are opened)


A Host of Gratitude Quotes to Underscore Our Thanksgiving Holiday:


The struggle ends when gratitude begins.  –Neal Donald Walsh

If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will be enough.  –Meister Eckhart

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom.  –Marcel Proust

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  –William Arthur Ward

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.  –Seneca

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  –Thornton Wilder

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.  –Albert Einstein

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.  –Betty Smith

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  –William Faulkner


If you liked this episode, then try these other meditations and musings:

Moments: Kristin Pedemonti and “Superhero Grandma”

To say that “you’re in for a treat” is an understatement when it comes to hearing the extraordinary storyteller, Kristin Pedemonti. Today’s “Moments” episode is a story that all of us can relate to in some form or another. I don’t want to say anything about it because hearing the story is “it”…

(Production Note: The sound on today’s podcast is a bit “tinny” because we were recording remotely. Just think ‘old time radio’ and forgive me, would ya!? It’s worth it, I promise!  I’ll be back with my usual microphone next week!)

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Meditation on Power and Powerlessness

Meditation on Power and Powerlessness

Which of these two do more damage: power or powerlessness? Given today’s environment in which we live, it’s important to know. Listen in and find out if you are, in fact, powerful.


Prior “Meditation” episode(s) in this series:

Meditation on Friendship


Next week, Lee Ann invites Kristin Pedemonti, storyteller extraordinaire, to share a favorite story, “Superhero Grandma.” Kristin called in with her story and it’s here for you to enjoy on November 13th!

Stay tuned as Lee Ann will be the guest on “The Podcaster’s Life” and also, “In Her Voice” in the next couple of weeks.

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We hope that you carry love and power into your week. Remember, Lee Ann loves you!

Meditation on Friendship

Meditation on Friendship

We are a people in need of friendship–not only with others, but with ourselves. Today, Lee Ann explores friendship and belonging in this episode. Because this topic is so wide and so deep, we’ll return to this subject again.

You’ll find the notes for the episode below.  Please don’t forget to reach out to me, Lee Ann, with your ideas and your comments HERE.  I’d love to hear them. You will most definitely get a response from me. Thank you for listening, subscribing and sharing. Remember, I love you. I really, REALLY love you…

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Latest from Hooray Living

Moments: Good Night

February 19, 2018

Mystics and Poets Leave Us Love Songs

February 12, 2018

Stories Are Our Building Blocks

February 5, 2018

Love 2.0

January 8, 2018

Moments: Velveteen Rabbit

January 1, 2018
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