Category Archives: Advice

And the Good News Is

It was one year ago today that I published my most recent blog. It was my birthday, and I was trying to put a light, humorous spin on turning yet another year older. Publicly, I was trying to smile and be … Continue reading

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Embrace the Goodness

This moment—and this one, too—is filled with beauty and hope, love and joy. If you look closely, you will see all that goodness swirling around you in the faces of family and the actions of strangers. If you listen carefully, … Continue reading

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Older than Zip Codes–Yep, That’s Me

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I will be 55 years old. Fifty-five. Years. Old. The double nickel. Halfway through my fifties and skidding downhill toward my . . . I can’t even say it. Holy cow. How in the heck … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings from Grumpy

Stressed. Exhausted. Frazzled. Yep, that’s been me. Grumpy. Grouchy. Irritable. Demanding. Snippy and Surly and Sullen. And that has been me, too–or so my husband has claimed. And although I haven’t been particularly fond of his observations, I have to admit … Continue reading

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I Have More Important Things to Worry About

My husband claims if I don’t have something legitimate to worry about, I’ll make something up. And as much as I hate to admit it, this is one of those very rare, exceedingly annoying instances when he is right. “You worry too … Continue reading

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Oh Yes, I Can’t

I’m convinced my husband was a motivational speaker in a previous life (maybe a not-so-successful one living in a van down by the river, but still . . . ). Verbal remnants of that previous vocation frequently pepper his conversation–especially … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones and the Danger of Public Nudity

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ― Winston Churchill A few years back I wrote a blog about the kind words of strangers and acquaintances and how those words often transform a dismal day … Continue reading

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The Day Before Tomorrow

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson We look forward to five years down the road when we can trade in the old car, pay off the house or … Continue reading

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Standing at the Top of That Towering Hill

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre Imagine climbing a long, towering hill. At the beginning of your journey, the summit is hidden in the … Continue reading

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What sets your heart free?

“Drink from the well of your self and begin again.” –Charles Bukowski That nasty ol’ polar vortex finally sauntered out of town last week, but Old Man Winter is still hanging around, teasing us with just enough sunshine to beckon … Continue reading

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