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Stay Tuned For More…

Just in case you missed the note on Donna’s post last Friday I wanted to let you know I am taking a little hiatus from posting here. The blog itself will not be going anywhere, though, and the archives are all available to read anytime. […]

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Cynicism And Me

“Cynicism is when our dreams collide with reality,” my college professor said it almost in passing, as he taught our class one evening. I heard very little after he said those words. I underlined them three times in our handout, captivated. How can anyone not grow […]

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Breakthrough – A New Story

The pond was stagnate and covered in brown scum, but the lake and the bay beyond it sparkled with an absence of color. They reflected the white clouds and the iridescent blue from above that turned them into mirrors of clarity, blinding if I looked […]

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Gone Fishin’

There will be no posting here for the next few weeks. We are all soaking in moments with family, ice cream colored sunsets, homemade blackberry and lemon scones for breakfast, great books and the occasional bout of “who are all these people and why are they making […]

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Summer Gifts That Sustain Me

Smells: Pink grapefruit, The plumeria scented sunscreen that I love, Chlorine, And root beer …all smell like happiness to me. Tastes: Fish tacos with a spicy, creamy nectarine sauce on the side, The lemonade slushies I make on hot afternoons, The salty, seared outside of […]

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Coming Clean

We had an end of the school year dinner last week and talked until late in the night as a family. We talked about our  theme for this school year and we asked each other a few questions: Has this year been restful for you? How […]

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Joy On Friday: Graduation 2015 (By Donna Vander Griend)

This spring of 2015 our mailbox spills out the blessings of living inter-generationally. Rare handwritten envelopes, when opened, announce to us the graduations of nine teenagers. The accompanying photos are of grandsons and great-nephews, cousins’ kids and family friends. We know them….and they know us! […]

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First And Lasts And New Beginnings

Before they went to school: Not too much has changed… First day of school for her: First day of school last autumn: And the last day of school for this year! He’s taller … if only barely. : ) “Time [is] passing like a hand waving […]

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Toes In, Heart Full

It’s eight and a half days until summer break here. Last week one kid had a 102 fever and missed camping with his class for a three-day trip. This week the other one has it and it’s moved into secondary infections, so after three nights […]

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Uncertainty And Beauty

I, unexpectedly, got to jump back into school a few months ago – a two-decade-long dream for me – which has led to the unpacking of certain things and looking at them in new ways. In addition to that, it has felt like, since last fall, my life […]

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Christmas In April

“In my deepest wound, I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” – St. Augustine The most recent psychology course I’ve been taking was not what I expected. It felt like Christmas every week for me, with some gifts, honestly, I would have rather left […]

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Twelve

Here’s what I know about this boy: He is twelve years old today, which marks twelve years of joy I never knew I was missing until he grinned up at me, only two weeks old, propped up on our denim couch in his tiny, striped t-shirt. His skinny […]

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Seeing Green

I lost a pair of green sunglasses in the Alps on a hike once many years ago. They had been a special and meaningful gift to me in a very hard time. When I realized they were no longer looped over my t-shirt collar I […]

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Pulley Systems (By Ashley DeLatour)

Life had simply become too heavy. Body limp from exhaustion, palms up in surrender, my tears carried the little white flag. Tired, puffy, swollen mommy eyes looked back at me in the mirror. This is my most loathed version of myself. The gremlins find me […]

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Not The Monday I Expected After Easter

After all the beauty yesterday celebrating life, we got news this morning that a family member may be in their last moments of living. He’s a precious uncle on my husband’s side of the family. A tall and gentle man who is well loved. I have been […]

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Listening Under The Skin

I am reading a book right now and the author makes a statement that keeps resounding in me: Our bodies cannot lie. “Our bodies …tell us what we most deeply believe even when our minds or hearts tell us otherwise,” Tara Owens says. I have […]

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You Are Invited

For those of you that are local I am speaking tomorrow at a gathering for women called Collide. More information can be found here and if you are reading this, you are welcome! Please do join us.

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Everybody’s Leap Looks Different *

“I grew up in a candy store,” her disclosure matched the gleaming color orange that was her vest. The whole room exclaimed with happy noises. I saw rows and rows of plastic bins filled with yellow, green, electric blue and purple jelly beans, rainbow-swirled lollipops and shiny gummi bears. “Well, I held the […]

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