Learning from Celebrity Suicides

As a young mother, I remember the impact the suicide of a local health professional had on me. I was shocked, confused, shaken, and slightly afraid for some indefinable reason. My daughter was less than a year old and with my mother when I heard the news. I immediately went to get my daughter, again, […]

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Hidden Culprits

I grew up in a house my father built in 1951. Later he built an addition and remodeled other areas of the house. After my mother’s death, we did an major renovation, addressing some long-deferred maintenance. When we removed the kitchen cabinets, we discovered a water leak that wasn’t apparent. Years of undetected seepage had […]

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Confronting Problems

Several weeks ago, a chapter of a book I’ve been writing, off and on, for the last two years suddenly disappeared from my computer. I discovered the missing chapter in my recycle bin, although I hadn’t deleted it. I wondered briefly if my computer deemed the chapter no good and auto-deleted! Thankfully, I was able […]

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Flexibility in Change

Several weeks ago, I entertained my granddaughter while my son and daughter-in-law did some yard work. When I heard commotion in the carport, I went to investigate. My son had moved a large rug that was rolled up and standing on end. Last year, a bird built a nest on top of the rug. However, […]

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Untangling the Knots of Offense

Raise your hand if you remember add-a-bead necklaces. Popular in the 1980s, buyers purchased a chain necklace and created their own pattern with “starter” beads. More beads could be added later. Last week, I discovered two of my add-a-bead necklaces hanging on a belt rack at the back of my closet. In removing them, they […]

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Moving Beyond Loss

In the days since Barbara Bush’s death, I’ve read and heard additional details about her life. The family experienced many life changes, including over 25 moves, numerous job changes, and media and public scrutiny. But the event that most affected the family was the diagnosis of leukemia and subsequent death of their 3-year-old daughter, Robin. […]

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Seeing with Renewed Vision

  Recently, my husband and I visited Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, NC. I’ve been there so many times it feels like returning to a family home. The twists and turns of the approach road spark anticipation and the first glimpse of the house is always a delight. Once inside, the winter garden captures […]

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