Tag 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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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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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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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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Pain, Gain, Guts, Glory . . . And Pickles

“Let those winds of time blow over my head, I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.” –Jimmy Buffett, lyrics from “Growing Older But Not Up” He caught me off guard, in a weak moment when pride … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman’s Wake-up Call

(An Unexpected Addendum) My worst fear was just a breath away from becoming a reality. Two weeks ago today I had surgery–not exactly minor surgery but a routine one nonetheless, and I was expected to go home later that same … Continue reading

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The Lessons We Learn from Our Parents, Part I

“There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.” –Denis Waitley When I was in the fifth grade, I was a knobby-kneed, stringy-haired tomboy who liked to ride my horse, play with my dogs, catch frogs on the pond bank, and … Continue reading

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Grasp Life by the Handlebars

I’ve spent a lot of time on my bicycle in the last year and a half, progressing from a breathless couple laps around the track to heart-thumping, leg-pumping 30-mile treks down the highway.  I’m strong but I’m slow, and those … Continue reading

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A Peaceful, Easy Feeling

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Khalil Gibran When my sons were younger, my world revolved around them.  I believed that all “good moms” put their … Continue reading

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For Brave Men Only

“To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little.  To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.”–Helen Rowland I doubt … Continue reading

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