Dedication

My granddaughter was dedicated at church last Sunday. As a five-month-old, she had no understanding of why she was there or what was happening. Her wails pierced the room, as tears streamed down her sweet little cheeks. She wanted to be somewhere else, preferably a place that involved a bottle, a blanket, and then a […]

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Summer Slump

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us, and with them, a general malaise that causes us to put off until tomorrow what should be done today. I don’t know about you, but my motivation and productivity drop during the summer. Sitting by the pool reading a book or floating with an eye […]

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Free Indeed

Over the last year or so, the voices of malcontents have bombarded us with negativity and hatred on many subjects. And you know what? I’m tired of it. I’m tired of listening to rants about our country and its leaders. I’m fed up with people assuming everyone feels as they do and actually wants to […]

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Overrated

A few weeks ago, I picked up a salad from a restaurant via the drive-thru window. Before I’d even gotten out of the parking lot, my phone dinged, notifying me of an incoming email. When I got home, I saw the email was a survey request from the restaurant I had just left. Really? You […]

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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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