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Reconciliation

For some reason, this post went live and then disappeared, so I’m trying to post it again. The concept of reconciliation is one I’ve pondered quite often at least the past seven months. On one hand, I’ve spent considerable time thinking about how to restore a...

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Any Questions?

I wish I had a dollar for every time in my adult live I’ve asked, “Any questions?” As a teacher, there were probably only a few days a year that I didn’t ask, at least one time every class period, if anyone had any questions. I’ve also said it to my own children...

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Pause

The first few months are typically a somewhat “slow” time for me. The busy holiday season (Thanksgiving and Christmas) is past, and earlier nightfalls and cold temperatures bring quiet evenings spent relaxing and preparing for the busy-ness of Spring and Summer....

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Obstacles or Opportunities?

Over the years, I’ve encountered more than a few quotes about obstacles and opportunities. Quite a few of those quotes remind us that what we see — obstacle or opportunity — depends on our mindset. And I believe that’s true to a very large degree. You may identify...

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Nourish

I’m going to be brutally honest with you. Our primetime years are quite often more difficult than the previous stages of our lives. Many of us are already experiencing the physical results of 55+ years of life; the wear and tear on our bodies is beginning to show....

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More

If you know me at all, you know that I am a “less is more”, not a “more, more, more” gal. So when, a month or so ago, I first felt drawn to focusing on “more”, I was resistant. If my initial reluctance wasn’t enough, the past few weeks have been filled with even...

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What Do You Have to Lose?

Our prime time years are often a time of gain: free time for hobbies & travel, autonomy, grandchildren, etc. It can, and often is, also a time when some of us also have begun to lose or are beginning to contemplate the loss of physical health & stamina,...

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A Bundle of Joy

Negativity surrounds us. Don’t believe me? Watch 10 minutes of any news program or read a few front-page articles in your favorite newspaper . . . spend a few minutes wandering around in social media . . . chat with a friend . . . and you will be inundated by tales...

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Well! Did You Ever Imagine?

I remember my Southern Baptist grandmother saying, when shocked by something, “Well! Did you ever imagine?” This week, I’m going to ask you a slightly-amended version of that question:      “Well! What DO you imagine?” When you allow yourself to dream, what do you...

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Hope

Not too long ago I texted a friend, “I hope my flight won’t be delayed”. Unfortunately, airline personnel had already indicated it probably would be, and I was almost 100% sure that I wouldn’t be in a plane readying for takeoff as scheduled. In truth, the vast...

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