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The New Normal

One thing I discovered as a young mother is that it takes about two weeks to adjust when life changes. Of course, that’s relatively small changes, like adjusting to a new job, or a new school schedule, or the time it takes to no longer feel like a Zombie when we switch to Daylight Savings […]

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Relationships

Relationships. I’m an introvert. I married an extrovert. Opposites attract, I suppose, because (yes, I know it’s cliche) he completes me. All the cliches: My soul mate, my best friend, my whole world. In other words, this girl who barely knew how to talk to live human beings (not that I’ve changed all that much […]

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An Editorial About Mothers

Mother’s Day may be the most universal holiday we celebrate as a human family. Nearly 200 of the world’s nations celebrate it, most in May. I remember making crepe and construction paper cards for my mother, with “I love you” scrawled in crayon. I remember learning songs in church and singing them in front of […]

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Change Happens, Challenges Come, Endurance Conquers

It’s tax season here in the U.S. This weekend my dear husband will be poring over stacks of papers and scratching his head over a maze of instructions to find out if we’ll be getting or paying this year. We’re nearly empty nesters and no longer have minor children. We don’t have a great deal […]

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Spring Fever Dreams

Mark Twain once said, “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” Here in the heart of the Rockies this year, March 1st is a […]

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Empathy

Empathy. It is the one concept that any great writer understands intimately. Grammar, syntax, style, plot, all crucial, but empathy trumps them all. Writers can’t fake it. It’s something developed over time, with experience. Not writing experience. Life experience. In the writing world, we often hear the phrase, ‘write what you know.’ The broadest sense […]

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Empathy

Empathy. It is the one concept that any great writer understands intimately. Grammar, syntax, style, plot, all crucial, but empathy trumps them all. Writers can’t fake it. It’s something developed over time, with experience. Not writing experience. Life experience. In the writing world, we often hear the phrase, ‘write what you know.’ The broadest sense […]

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Food as Art

What does one ponder at the turning of the New Year? Food, of course. Either the food we will indulge in at our New Year’s feast (the Eve party, AND breakfast, AND the New Year’s Day dinner), or the food we must deny ourselves in order to redeem our waistlines from the gluttony of the […]

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As the Story Goes

As the story goes, a smattering of years over 2000 ago, a young Jew and his wife sought refuge in an inn in the town of Bethlehem–a donkey-back journey of about 4 days south-southwest from Jerusalem. Instead, they found a place in a stable. Many stories have been written–mostly fictional–of exactly what went down that […]

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All Strange and Terrible Things Are Welcome

Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra), is quoted as saying, “All strange and terrible things are welcome, but comforts we despise.” When it comes to life in general, I’m not sure I can agree with her. I like comfortable. I like easy. I prefer not to have terrible things happen. I have to admit, however, that I tend […]

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