What is Yours to Do?  What is Yours to Let Go?

Here is an understatement that may bring a smile or a sigh:  there are a lot of dilemmas in parenting.  There is one dilemma that begins while parenting a toddler and continues right through being the parent of a young adult:  “Should I step in to help or am I helping them more by choosing…

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Getting Uncomfortable with Out-of-sight-out-of-mind Comfort

I wasn’t auditioning for a part as a sailor or rapper or a savant from a poor neighborhood of Boston. I was driving the streets of Los Angeles and its surrounding valleys.  It was then I took on the vehicular vernacular of a crazed woman.  If one week of traffic could bring me to my potty-mouthed…

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A Well-Timed Word

There’s something miraculous about a well-timed word.  This week I’ve been the recipient of a few of those life-giving gems.  No less than three friends have sent encouraging texts to me.  The dings alerting me to those texts were mouth dropping in their timing.  Each content of those texts was on point to what I…

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Guilty for being Happy?

Two very dear friends from California came to visit me in my home in Virginia.  I’ve lived in Virginia for two years now and in this particular home for 8 months.  Showing them my current world brought me joy because I love picturing people in their surroundings and my friends feel the same way.  Also,…

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Are You Still Celebrating Easter?

Another Easter has passed. So, how is Easter impacting your today? Today, this very day. Are you still celebrating Easter? I’m not going to clean every corner of the house, set a pretty table, prepare a ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus almondine, salad, and a strawberry pie every day. And my church won’t be putting on…

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Go Ahead – Put Up Your Dukes!

My past decided to pick a fight with me today. It grabbed me by the hair, pulled me into the ring and was just itching for a knock out. Really? Isn’t it infuriating when we’ve faced the past, owned up to our own part in the messes we were a part of, sought and received…

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Tag, You’re It! Again.

Tag, you’re it! I was joking with my husband that a great number of my body parts have been playing tag. The roaring sounds in my ear quieted down for a couple of weeks and tapped my hip, “Tag, you’re it!”. Earlier in the game my neck decided to lay off its round of pain…

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Brick Sidewalks and Other Things That Trip Us Up

Beautiful and Dangerous. Do you ever wonder if the beauty of this world can possibly outweigh the danger and the always threatening pain in it? Where do you let your thoughts settle? In the beauty of life or the danger of living? The sidewalks where I live are paved with bricks. I love these brick…

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Good is Coming

A false ballistic missile alert that lasted for over 30 minutes. Newspapers filled with all manner of atrocities against children. Demoralizing tweets. Fires followed by mudslides taking lives and neighborhoods. Soldiers killed in training. And yet another school shooting. And, why am I supposed to still be happy? I took a walk in search of…

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Are Goals Overrated?

Are goals overrated? There are so many books, quotes, and speakers in our culture who sound the alarm that a life without goals is wasted. “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.” As a Christian that belief can drum up guilt, because we do believe we’re created as unique individuals for the purpose…

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My Happy Place

At the end of each year I always find myself reading some media outlet’s “Year in Review”. This past week I read the expected good riddance to 2017 and all of its natural disasters, mass shootings, political bizarreness, and social unrest. I also came across some refreshing personal “year in review” postings on social media…

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The Spirit of 2017

This time of year there’s a lot of talk of “Spirit”.  The spirit of Christmas; the spirit of goodwill; the spirit of giving; the spirits in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; co-workers who indulge into too much spirits!  I’ve noticed the entire year of 2017 has had a particular spirit: OUTRAGE!  It was an outrageous year…

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