Good Father Attributes

Father’s Day was a bittersweet day for me. While I love seeing my children with my husband and remembering them as young children, and now, watching my son with his baby daughter, I really, really miss my daddy. I was blessed to have a father who was wise, strong, funny, giving, compassionate, loving, and so […]

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Embracing Change

Summertime brings outdoor fun and memories of childhood, among them, homemade ice cream. Daddy was a champion ice cream chef, with chocolate perhaps being his most sought-after flavor. I loved helping him heat the milk, crush the junket tablets (remember those?), add the ingredients, and maintain a steady stir with a long, red-handled spoon. Once […]

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Healing Archived Wounds

Recently, I was reminded of a time in my life when I was deeply hurt because I was excluded. I wasn’t chosen to participate in an activity while most of the teens in my age group were. No explanation was given for the selection criteria, but for the first time in my life, I felt […]

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Overcoming Obstacles

After several days of heavy rain and wind, a neighbor’s tree uprooted and fell across our street. Until the public works folks arrived to cut it up and haul it off, it was interesting to watch the reaction of drivers when they encountered this obstacle in their path. Some drove up and stopped several car-lengths […]

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Tackling Back-Burnered Projects

  I’ve noticed I don’t have the drive I once did for completing projects. Whether a craft, home-improvement, or writing project, forward motion often lags and procrastination wins. I seem to have no problem gathering supplies or information, but then distraction or laziness or lack of enthusiasm throws a monkey wrench into the actual implementation. […]

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Finding Your Fit

I just returned from a conference in New York City. While I learned a lot, was presented with some excellent opportunities, and enjoyed the experience, it didn’t take much of all-night noise, bustling crowds, loud voices, honking horns, sirens, and words that came at me faster than my southern ears could process to know New […]

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Be Who You Are

As a writer, I’ve learned to expect critique and editing of my writing. At times, I don’t agree with the comments or the edits, but I try to take a step back, get an overview of my words from the editor’s perspective, and be receptive to the editor’s changes. Often, the edits improve my work, […]

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Life’s Little Surprises

Recently, I celebrated a new-decade birthday. I happily assumed successful navigation into this next tens bracket with a low-key family dinner and a minimum of fanfare. When my daughter called a few days later and suggested getting together for casual dinner at a local restaurant, I didn’t think the invitation was anything unusual. She met […]

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Treading into Deep Water

When I was a child, my uncle had an in-ground swimming pool. At the time, this was somewhat of a novelty. I had taken swimming lessons and was confident swimming in the shallow end of the pool, but was afraid to venture beyond the line that separated shallow and deep water. I watched my cousins […]

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