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Wallow in Your Wonderful

Tomorrow is the US holiday of Thanksgiving. An annual immersion of appreciation is a beautiful thing to experience. Thanksgiving is also a state of being. An attitude. A way to navigate our days, and thus, our lives. If you want to list your blessings first, by all means do so. Or if you prefer, you […]

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Even Custer’s Mom Empty-Nested

I just got back from a fabulous 4-day road trip with my husband and 18-year-old son. Did you realize this year is the 100th anniversary of our National Parks? One of our impromptu stops was a new park to add to our experiences: The Little Bighorn Battlefield. I highly recommend it. We particularly appreciated the […]

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What Hummus, Planking, and Willy Wonka Have In Common

“What’s that?” I am repeatedly asked on a recent evening, as various family members walked by the kitchen counter and peeked through the glass-lidded pot. “Chickpeas. Garbanzo beans,” I reply, looking up from the couch. I’d never noticed before how universal a confusion response is: one sharp backwards head movement, the snap of a corner mouth […]

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Reminder To Self

  It wasn’t until near the end of this spring phone call that I realized he was breaking. A college student learns a lot about navigating life, with many “firsts” piled on at once. But you know what? After hanging up, I realized that all of us flow through these seasons no matter our age. […]

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Just A Little Off the Top

  I sat under the drape as her words and hands kept a clipping beat. She spoke of her adult daughter’s unusual and recent hour-long phone call to her father. The young woman had been offered a new job in her field, and was excited that it held nothing but positives: increased pay, decreased commute, […]

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