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What a gift

June 14, 2014 Every day is a gift. Some of the simplest ones are great; a call from a friend, a smile, a hug…. I’ve been volunteering during the remodeling at House of Hope. more »»

Fashion statements change frequently

June 7, 2014 The style of shoes changes more quickly than you can hope to keep up with. When you are my age you do not care. You wear what feels good and what you think looks goo. more »»

The benefits of summer camp

June 7, 2014 Parents want to see their children mature and thrive. There is an excellent, but often underutilized tool available to help kids do this: summer camp. more »»

Take opportunities that come your way

May 31, 2014 Life is full of opportunities. We must learn to recognize them and take advantage of them. Often we see things come our way, but reject them. We need to learn to be more open. more »»

Traveling mercies

May 31, 2014 My youth group and I had a reflective and enjoyable winter retreat in Pittsburgh. The only thing left on our agenda was lunch and a leisurely trek home (or so we thought. more »»

Cara dares

May 31, 2014 It has been a stressful time for Cara. She did not talk about it, but it manifested itself in many ways, with much of it directed towards the parental units. more »»

Tra-la, it’s May...

May 24, 2014 Have you been enjoying the daffodils and tulips? Aren’t the flowering trees magnificent? Can you smell those lilacs? As they sang in the grand musical, Camelot, “Tra-la, it’s May, the lusty month... more »»

Now I know that it is Spring!

May 17, 2014 When I went over to my daughter’s for Mother’s Day brunch I checked the bed of rhubarb. Guess what? It is ready. more »»

How to improve communication

May 17, 2014 “Good communication” is the most common answer I get when I ask people what makes for a healthy relationship. Yet I wonder how truly skillful we are about i. more »»

How to improve communication

May 17, 2014 “Good communication” is the most common answer I get when I ask people what makes for a healthy relationship. Yet I wonder how truly skillful we are about i. more »»

I’m just ducky, thank you

May 10, 2014 Every day, like happens to all of us, at least one person asks me, “How are you?” Some days, if I’m out and about, I answer the question a lot. more »»

Becoming a Mother

May 10, 2014 Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life. more »»

In the garage

May 10, 2014 I took a lot of theology and philosophy classes in college. They were required. I was one of those people who did well enough in high school by virtue of a knack for test-taking. more »»

The therapy of gardening

May 3, 2014 I just finished planting some pansies that were a gift to me for Easter. I love the look of pansies because it seems that each one is different. They often resemble little faces. more »»

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

May 3, 2014 I have worked in the Mental Health and Addictions field for close to 20 years. more »»

Another adventure for Grandma

April 26, 2014 There is something new at Hickory Heights. Micah, a four-month-old Shih-Tsu mix, is my newest addition. more »»

A job well done

April 26, 2014 The setting? Grandma’s dining room at dinnertime… “Mom, did you get a letter from my teacher today?” asked Eli as he absentmindedly stirred his mac ‘n’ cheese with his spoon. more »»

From halleluiahs to sorrow, then elation

April 19, 2014 Yesterday as I sat in church I could not help but think of all of the events of Holy Wee. more »»

Dylan and Brittani

April 19, 2014 Dylan called me. “Are you near the computer?” he asked. I wasn’t, actually, but what with the magic of cordless phones, it was easy enough to get there. more »»

What have you got to lose?

April 19, 2014 A special moment in my support groups comes when a member graduates and imparts their “words of wisdom” to the rest of the group. more »»

 
 

 

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