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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The Wonder-if-They’re-Gonna’-Make-It Years

I’m in my very late fifties, and I’ve been experiencing a blessing that is unique to these years: the blessing of seeing old marriages in their prime. I’ve seen more than a few friends go through “wonder-if-their-gonna-make it” years. And lately I’ve been seeing those same marriages that were rocky during our 30’s and/or 40’s,…

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In Defense of Fanaticism

My friends, both face-to-face and FaceBook, will not be surprised to see that I am writing a piece in defense of fanaticism.  My name is Carrie and I am a Dodgers-aholic. Have you heard?  The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series! I will confess here that I am not one of the elite…

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A New Normal?

When I wake up each morning the first thing I’m aware of is this rather loud buzz in my right ear. I’ve had tinnitus (a sound in your ears that comes from the brain, not your surroundings), for a few years. But, for a couple of months now it has increased in consistency and volume…

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Refreshment for Poor and Wealthy Alike

Living in a city for the past year and a half I’ve lost something I wasn’t cognizant of possessing.  I’ve lost the ability to avoid seeing the pain that people in poverty endure.  My suburban life was oblivious, in a way.  It was generally free from the pain of witnessing fellow human beings who spend…

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A Weird and Ugly Church

One of my daughters went on vacation to Barcelona and brought home photos of a unique church building.  Barcelona was home to the architect Antoni Gaudi.  His best known work is the still unfinished church Sagrada Failia.  It has been under construction since 1882 and completion is planned for 2026.  It is unlike any other…

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Big Hair, Bigger Blame

Last month, my husband and I had the joy of going to Puerto Rico for the wedding of the son of one of my cousins.  Before another cousin arrived she saw a photo of me in San Juan and thought, “I’m in big trouble”. I have big hair.  I have coarse, thick, wavy, humidity-driven, hair. …

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On Funks and Humanness

I’ve been in a funk for days now. One of those unjustified funks. You know the type, where you can’t really name what it is that has you so irritable? Sure, a good guess would be that I’m not setting my heart on the things above and I am getting bogged down in world (past,…

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Things I Say That May Be False

A list of things I say that may be false is coming to my mind at a rapid rate! When I don’t get something I want: “He’s got something better for me”. When I’m worried about finances: “He’s always provided for us in the past so he’ll provide in our future”. When I fear the…

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Desperate For (Because of) Help

I stepped out onto the sidewalk in front of our building and was instantly filled with, all’s right with the world, take a deep breath, take in the beauty of spring, the endorphins are coming, joy! I picked up my pace and was a short block from my home when I realized that I hadn’t…

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Fasting from Apathy (It’s about You. Not Those Who Work the System.)

It’s dangerously easy to fear myself into apathy. Recently, I participated in a conversation where we wondered if it was a good use of our time and resources to be helping those who may be “working the system”.  The goal of such a conversation can be noble enough: wanting the greatest chance for positive, life changing, impact. But…

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