In the Doldrums

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Have you ever wondered where different sayings come from? My son received a really cool game for Christmas called 'Word Teasers'. (In the spirit of complete honesty let me clarify that his parents thought it fell in the 'cool' category while he thought it fell in the 'educational' category and those two categories don't always cross over in an 11 … [Read more...]

Treasures

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I was on a mission. My husband had taken the kids on a walk and I had a few minutes to race through the house cleaning and picking up all of the items which seemed to cover every square inch of floor. I became a veritable “Mommy Tornado”! Nothing was safe as I worked my way up the stairs and followed the trail of Legos leading to my son’s … [Read more...]

On Being Still

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I had been feeling it for months. It was nagging at me, coming up in my mind over and over again. And yet, I couldn't actually put my finger on just what IT was. All I knew is that I was supposed to do something. … [Read more...]

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...]