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Making America Eight Again

January 14th, 2017
Donald Trump; name calling, tantrums and policies with the substance of a fourth grade school project. He is making America eight again. This may actually be unfair to eight year olds, but it’s the only number that rhymes with great. It’s easy to laugh. A Chinese factory has even produced some Trump-alike inflatables for the […]
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Great Expectations

January 20th, 2016
“What to expect when you’re expecting.” That was the name of the go-to pregnancy book back in the day. The title has always stuck with me. What is it we expect of our expectations? Or to use a current phrase, how do we manage our expectations? Just in case you have great expectations that this […]
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Grace To Greece

July 6th, 2015
We have a saying in our family, “fair, fair, fair, fair.” If someone is feeling a little hard-done-by and making comparisons, a light hearted “fair, fair, fair, fair” will usually get them back on track. Expecting life to be fair is something most of us never grow out of. “It’s not fair. So and so […]
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Riding the Wave of Hope

August 20th, 2014
“Rainy, gloomy, drab, sunless day.  There are times when hope seems entirely clouded over; when looking for the blessings in your circumstances feels like trying to catch a ray of sunshine from six feet under.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich I don’t know about you, but the news has been really getting me down this week. […]
Two elderly ladies were enjoying the sunshine on a park bench. They had been meeting at the same park every sunny day for over 12 years… chatting, and enjoying each other’s company. One day, the younger of the two ladies, turns to the other and says, “Please don’t be angry with me, but I am […]
“Man’s memory shapes its own Eden within.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges A guy named Jack had an awful memory. One day he ran into a friend he hadn’t seen in a long time. They got to reminiscing and joking about Jack’s poor memory. Jack told him he’d gone to a seminar which had improved his […]
“When you’re depressed, nothing matters. When you’re sad, everything does.” ~ Gloria Steinem I guess its a fine line, because sadness doesn’t explain itself along the way. Its only after a bout of sadness, when the fog lifts, that you gain the perspective that everything matters. When you’re sad, you’re just sad. Maybe the distinction […]
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Loving It Forward

April 29th, 2013
I’m a pretty mild mannered person, but do something to threaten my kids and you will unleash a lion. Among all the different motivations for living sustainably, thinking about what sort of world I’m leaving for my kids and their kids is the one that moves me most. Any action I take now to live […]
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Keep Hoping No Matter What

December 15th, 2012
Awful things happen for no apparent reason. Keep believing in goodness, no matter what. Unstable, crazed, even evil people will continue to perpetrate violence. Refuse to let them infect your mind, no matter what. Our kids are not truly safe anywhere, not even in school. Do ALL you can to protect kids, no matter what. […]
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Living Hope

December 10th, 2012
One of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, said The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. I love that. Know what you […]