Grieving at Christmas

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas…. let your heart be light” Well, I can’t; my heart just isn’t merry. The pleasure of stressing about the timeline of the Advent traditions has to wait. The grocery list. The recipes and baking. The gift list. The Christmas cards. All will have to wait. My heart is not there. […]

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My Top 5 books of 2017

I have run into a different kind of pattern in my reading this year. In that… I seem to be unable to finish a book. I get to the second half and I just start dragging the heck out of it. But oh well. Here’s to a 2018 new goal: READ MORE, WHINE LESS. These […]

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Happy birthday, ma!

Her: Do you want coffee? Me: Always. Her: of course. I️ don’t know why I even ask. Really, this is a great conversation starter, if you ask me. My mom is the best. I’m sure you haven’t heard that before. But let me tell you, she is. She’s a nurse and puts up with all […]

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Top 9 Convos with Preschoolers

#1 SOCIAL MEDIA BOYSPLAINED E-man: Snapchat is like a bowl of food. Then you smash it up and eat it. #2 TRUTH FROM THE MOUTH OF DAUGHTERS Me: You ruined my life! Her: YOU ruined your life!! #3 NO FILTER Me: what are you doing out here? Her: I’m sad. Me: why are you sad, […]

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Please live beyond your means!

The congregational prayer was over and she was in my arms whispering “mommy, she’s cwwying” My daughter saw a woman’s tears coming down as prayers were going up for comfort. This woman could NOT wait to be a grandmother. It happened just two weeks after the parents, with joyous anticipation, had a gender-revealing party. But […]

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Q is for “Quits” | of life, risks and leadership

I never really liked risk. Well, let me rephrase that. I romanticize risk and love the idea of it. I praise the people who are risk-takers and enjoy reading about people who stubbornly dare to do great things despite the odds. I am willing to take the risk…. up until it’s time to take it. […]

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My Top 10 Books of 2016

I tried really hard to put the books in the right order according to what I loved the most but a lot of them ran in a tie. I encourage everyone to read, read, read… There’s nothing that opens the mind (except traveling) more than reading. This list doesn’t include re-reads and some of the books […]

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the Day of the 15th

“December is a curse to our family” I heard my uncle say as he was taking us to that awful place. That place just a few hundred feet from his house. That awful place where it happened. The most painful memory I have, the most wretched time, the absolute…… Goodness, words fall short to describe […]

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