A Lasting Legacy

I entered a new phase of life this week. With the birth of a precious baby girl, Emerald, I became a grandmother. She is healthy and beautiful, a perfect blend of her lovely mom and handsome dad, the product of their love. As I held this little jewel and looked into her serene face, I […]

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Enjoy Today

On Valentine’s Day, I thought of those for whom it was just another day, or a dreaded day. For some, it brought bittersweet memories of a lost loved one or a failed romance. Or perhaps it was a¬† reminder of a love that was cut short or never acknowledged. Sometimes a holiday or anniversary causes […]

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Overcoming Adversity

All of us encounter adversity at some point in our lives. It may come in the form of a person, an adversary, but often adversity is a difficult circumstance. We’re rarely patient with adversity. In fact, the more common response is anger, a desire for revenge, or a woe-is-me attitude, replete with complaining. So how […]

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Remembering and “Disremembering”

Many years ago, a man who worked for my father used the term “disremember.” He’d apologize when he failed to do something by saying, “I disremembered to do that.” While this terminology brings a chuckle and stretches the bounds of made-up words, it’s actually not a bad idea to stop ruminating on certain memories and […]

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Letting Go, Moving On

Following the inauguration, a segment of the population made their displeasure known, yet again, by marching, demonstrating, and ranting, ad infinitum, on social media. While they are totally within their rights to voice their opinions, I’m beyond ready to just get on with life. I’m tired of verbal fingers wagged in my face, being called […]

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The Paralysis of the Past

The new year is like a clean slate, a blank computer screen, an empty journal page yet to be filled. For some, a new year is exciting and refreshing, full of potential and possibilities, but others view it with dread. What holds us back, makes us fear, and prevents us from moving forward with joy […]

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Where’s the Joy?

Joy to the world. Peace on earth, goodwill toward man. Be of good cheer. These phrases are often mentioned in conjunction with Christmas, but do we actually experience any of these during December? I’ll confess, some years, I struggle to experience joy because the Christmas season feels like more added to the already burgeoning to-do […]

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Elfing Around

One of my fondest memories of Christmas is secret gift missions with my father, adventures that we referred to as “elfing around.” I remember the year my dad decided to have a local craftsman make a grandfather clock for Mama. Once the clock was finished, the challenge became how to get it home and keep […]

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