God Won’t Gong You

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Do you remember 'The Gong Show'? It was kind of the 'American Idol' of the late '70's, early '80's with one major difference. Just imagine Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. listening to each contestant and then instead of simply deciding whether or not they would earn a golden ticket, they would decide if the contestant would … [Read more...]

Breathless Expectation

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When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself...most of the time. … [Read more...]

My Road Less Traveled

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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by…” Robert Frost The road less traveled…how often is that the direction we choose for our lives? I like the well-beaten path, the predictable trail with clear markings and maybe a Starbucks along the way. One is dark and frightening, winding its way along with overgrown … [Read more...]

When Life Gets Unfolded

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When I was in high school, I spent one summer working at the clothing store 'Express'. As it was considered the new, more trendy sister store of 'The Limited', I felt like I had scored big time and I kept a running list of all of the things I was going to buy with my employee discount. Anyone who has worked in retail clothing will tell you … [Read more...]

Ghosts of Christmas Cards Past

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It's begun. They annual knocking of my head on the rafters in the attic as I start to pull out the Christmas decorations. I feel a certain kinship with Clark W. Griswold from 'Christmas Vacation'! But, just like Clark, I've realized that there is something so sentimental about finding yourself in a cold attic, dimly lit by one solitary … [Read more...]

Enough is Enough

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The alarm blares and my eyes struggle to open. Immediately my mind is flooded with thoughts about the day ahead. Will there be enough time to get it all done? I shuffle my feet along the carpet, willing my body to go towards the bathroom door rather than turning back towards the warmth of my bed. The darkness outside only contributes to my sense … [Read more...]

Melan-fall-y

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"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a … [Read more...]

Wanna Be In My Band?

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"Hey Mom, guess what? I'm in a band now!" My then 9 year old son was sitting at the kitchen island having his after-school snack and after I got over the initial shock of hearing him voluntarily share something about his day, I quickly replied, "Really? How cool buddy! Are they going to have a band at school now?" "No", he said, " It's not … [Read more...]

Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Love For Ya!

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'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself'. I repeated these words in my head over and over again all that day as the music from the neighbors who live behind us blared. I repeated them to myself when I could hear it through our closed windows. I repeated them to myself when it prohibited … [Read more...]

The Chin Hair

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Do you remember that book Dear God, It's Me Margaret? Written by the incomparable Judy Blume, it was revolutionary at the time as it addressed all of the angst that comes with being an adolescent girl. From training bras to feeling like you were the last one to get the big 'P' to dealing with boys who went from being just pesky to being pesky and … [Read more...]