Close up Hands Tea x

Sit a bit and hear some observational stories I’ve been steeping.

Short Film – LONG Story

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“Mom, is that true?”

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Make Hey! — while the sun shines. Even a little.

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Journal

Crap happens, be patient.

18

2009

Having gone through some wickedly rough patches of life recently – and I’m not whining, because I know we’ve ALL been hit hard, this year especially – a beloved friend sent me an inspirational essay that contained a biblical quote that, in a nutshell, tells how life’s difficulties gives patience a chance to grow, making us strong and prepared for anything (James 1:2–4).   I do believe my soul is now outfitted in full riot gear, squinting from left to […]

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Is 50 the new 15?

14

2009

When I look in the mirror, I see the face of someone who has viewed multiple moons and walked many miles.  The role call of visible proof is met mostly with positive responses:  Gray hairs?  Check.  Crow’s feet?  Check.  Visible signs of weathering motherhood, marriage and life?  Checkedy, check-check.  Gosh, I think if I saw me from across the room, I might say, “Hmm… there’s a well-seasoned, well-rounded individual who might know a thing or two about life.”  In fact, […]

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The FeelGood Story

12

2009

There are many talents I admire in women around the world, but one that really makes me smile is the ability to knit.  I imagine knitting to be a most peaceful undertaking, as most of the people I’ve watched seem to be transported to a place of serenity by the task.  It is a joy to watch them as their hands move in a gentle sort of ballet of yarn and needles, accompanied by soft rhythmic clicking that marks the passage […]

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Luck be a lady

10

2009

09/09/09 recently flew off the pages of calendars and it got me to thinking about being superstitious and why some of those age-old traditions won’t go away.  I don’t consider myself to be extremely irrational when it comes to superstition, but I’ll admit there are a few leftover habits from my childhood that I have not been able to kick out of my belief system.  Sitting down with a glass of iced mango, anti-oxidant hoop-de-doo kind of tea this morning […]

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Sticks, Stones and Excalibur

07

2009

“Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will break your heart.”  How many among us endured childhood teasing and then were told that words could never hurt us?  Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s simply not true.   Linda McCartney altered the famous nursery rhyme in an interview when asked how she felt about the comments that critics made about her.  She finished by saying “…but you have to learn not to care.”  I agree, in […]

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Foul-Weather Friends

05

2009

There is a raging debate swirling in my head about which is harder on the heart: losing a fair-weather friend or the foul-weather kind.   The fair-weather friend only wants to walk in your world when the climate is sunny and cheerful, which one dictionary loosely defines as “one who is only there in good times and gone in the bad”, so I think you get the gist, easily enough, of what a foul-weather friend is.   Time has been good […]

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Darned 7 Deadly Sins

31

2009

September 1st — for me is known as the dawn before the darkness that leads to nearly nine months of battling the 7 Deadly Sins.  Before you write me off as some miserable miscreant, hear me out. Every year, around mid-September I walk into my local drug store and find myself caught between cringing and quivering at the sight of the empty racks that once held harmless back-to-school supplies.  Why this mixture of love and loathing?  Empty racks this close […]

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