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Mid-Night Ramblings (And You Thought YOU Were Weird)

It used to be (or so it seemed) that my every waking moment was spent trying to fulfill someone else’s needs. When my children were young, mornings were a chaotic rush of cereals poured, animals fed, permission slips signed, backpacks assembled, … Continue reading

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And That’s Why I Could Never Be Married to Me

It was a sunny Friday in May of 1981. A few days away from finishing my student teaching practicum, I had spent a frustrating morning attempting to teach yearbook design and narrative essays to seniors who were past caring about anything more than … 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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When the Inner Child Bubbles

“After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head begins to talk to her soul, the kid.” –Anne Lamott, from the novel Joe Jones Yesterday morning I awoke to perfection. My eyes fluttered lazily in the pre-dawn moments … 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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A Message for Old Man Winter

We should have known it was coming–the “woolly worm” told us so months ago. And if the narrow brown stripe on its woolly little back weren’t enough scientific evidence of the brutality that lay ahead, then the spoon-shaped persimmon seeds … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays

In countless households all over the world, mamas and papas were smiling with joyous anticipation. The kids were coming home–all of them–all at the same time! A celebration of this magnitude required weeks of intense preparation. First, the lists had … Continue reading

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An Abundant Life, A Grateful Heart

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. . . . O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is … Continue reading

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