Take Time

Last week, someone I don’t know took the time to email me, telling me how much an article I wrote five or six months ago meant to her. As a writer, knowing your words have a positive impact on others is a great gift. If this person hadn’t spent those few minutes writing a brief […]

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Uncovering Blessings in Hard Things

In recent months, I have spent lots of time sorting, cleaning out, and throwing away at my maternal grandparents’ home, where two of my aunts also lived. It’s been an arduous task going through the remnants of multiple lives. Sifting through photos and other memorabilia has also been emotionally overwhelming at times. But as I’ve […]

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Lessons Gleaned from Old Photos

In the process of cleaning out my aunt’s house, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of old photos, some I’ve never seen before. I’ve always loved vintage photographs. They send my mind spiraling to a different time and place. Both my parents enjoyed photography. In fact, my mother was the photographer for the local newspaper during […]

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Birthday Reflections

This week, I hit a significant number on the birthday scale. I won’t reveal which number, but it is synonymous with a change in healthcare coverage. As I ponder my age, and the years that got me to this point, the following come to mind: History I am thankful for the family of which I […]

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Make the Most of Today

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who said, “My family refers to me as the queen of good intentions.” We laughed, but her words made me think. Often, we have plans we intend to implement, but we get sidetracked. We have a list for today, but when that day comes to a close, […]

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Good Gifts

This week, with the approach of Father’s Day, I’m thinking of my daddy. He died much sooner than I was ready for him to, 30 years ago this year, and I still miss him. He was a good daddy, who knew how to give good gifts. I don’t necessarily mean material gifts, although he was […]

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The Hurting Heart

The month of February is associated with love. Hearts abound: decorations, in advertising, and on clothing. The bakery section of grocery stores is filled with heart-shaped cookies and cakes, and florists garner some of their biggest sales in February. But while many celebrate with great joy during this month, others are dealing with hurting hearts. […]

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The Heart of Christmas

Have you noticed Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas this year? Everyone is trying hard, but despite early decorating and attempts at festive social media posts, Christmas 2020 just isn’t the same. To say this year has been hard is a massive understatement. And just when you think you’re doing okay handling the strangeness, isolation, and […]

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5 Keys to Lasting Relationships

This week, my husband and I celebrated 40 years of marriage. When my parents reached their 40th anniversary, we had been married a little over six years. At that point, I could hardly fathom  all the highs and lows of that much time together, but decided to pay more attention to what made their relationship […]

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