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This Time of Year

November 12, 2017

November always catches me off guard. September drags on, refusing to let go of summer. October inches along as I wait longingly for fall weather to arrive. Then the build up to Halloween begins and – BAM – it’s Starbuck’s…

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Why Marriage is Grounding

November 5, 2017

As I reflect on my first year as a married woman one word comes to mind – grounded. I feel grounded. Not the type of grounded that means I’m in trouble. The type of grounded that means I’m planted, stable,…

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Acts of Tenderness

October 4, 2017

This week I’ve heard from many of my friends, readers, and fellow bloggers that we are all at a loss for words right now. I feel the same way, which makes it particularly difficult to write and publish a new…

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Nasty Woman: Is That What I Am?

October 1, 2017

Recently I’ve been taking a fresh look at the nasty woman movement. I have a “Nasty Woman” T-shirt. I embraced the cause of keeping Planned Parenthood funded, which the t-shirt campaign supported. I’ve been wearing it proudly for the past…

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My Time on the Neurology Floor: 4 Months I Will Never Forget

September 30, 2017

When I was 22 I moved to Seattle with a Bachelor’s degree fresh off the presses, no real, marketable skills, a lot of determination, and just enough money to get me by. It was a few weeks after 9/11 and…

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The Wedges Between Us

September 27, 2017

I’m really struggling with something. Maybe you are too so I’m going to be brave for both of us and bring up the topic. The world feels very us vs. them right now. If you’re not with us, you’re against…

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Motivation and Mistakes: A Middle School Memory

September 25, 2017

In Middle School we studied the Holocaust. One day we had a school assembly during which a survivor of the Holocaust spoke. As we funneled into the auditorium I shouted an uncharacteristic and unprompted, “I hate Jews!” for everyone to…

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Redefining My Blog

September 19, 2017

I’ve been home for a few days after a delightful weekend at Bloggy Con. I have some thoughts on my first conference that I can share another time but today I want to talk about redefining my blog. I can’t…

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Do You Ever Travel Alone?

September 16, 2017

I am currently enjoying a nice weekend away from home alone, which is a rare occurrence now that I am married. I can hear the water lapping up on the shores of Lake Erie and other than the music being…

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Finding the Answers

September 14, 2017

My friend started a new job this week and she had a rough first few days. She’s in a new environment with new people, new responsibilities, and new software to learn. Not to mention a new daily pattern and a…

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Keeping Life Light and Fluffy

September 2, 2017

It’s Labor Day weekend! I love a holiday weekend, it doesn’t even matter what holiday, but I think Labor Day is one of my favorites. It marks the end of summer, my least favorite season, and the beginning of fall,…

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Fear and Its Friend

August 25, 2017

I just crawled into bed after too many hours spent watching National News. I find hurricane coverage captivating because nature is amazing and I’ve always liked weather. Plus, it’s thrilling to watch newscasters and meteorologists report from the middle of…

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Back to School Pictures: A Childfree Perspective

August 22, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Children have butterflies in their stomachs and parents are scrambling to fulfill the ever growing list of school supplies they are expected to send to school with their kids. Meanwhile, teachers are sitting through…

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What 3 Things Are You Looking Forward To?

August 18, 2017

Years ago a friend showed me an article about the benefits of having something to look forward to. It said you should have at least 3 things planned that you are excited about. For a few years after reading that…

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5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor Today

August 13, 2017

Yesterday was hard but here are 5 ways to love your neighbor today. If you’ve been reading my blog it’s no secret I spend quite a bit of time at home. I’m an introvert, a homebody, and I even work…

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Are We Still Talking?

August 11, 2017

So, how are we doing? It’s been more than 6 months since, you know, things changed around here. Ok, the election, I’m talking about the election. So…how are things?   No really, how are you doing?   I know, it’s…

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My Introverted Way of Life

August 10, 2017

Getting up in the morning is hard for me. It always has been. I remember screaming at my poor Mother in the mornings when she tried to wake me up for school. I slammed my bedroom door and yelled horrible…

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I am strong, I am capable, I am afraid.

August 9, 2017

I cut my own hair last night. It was so long and every time I took a shower I got angry at the mane hanging down my back, wet and tangled. I watched a tutorial, carefully parted my hair, tied…

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Of Course

August 8, 2017

I’ve hit blog block again, a form of writer’s block that sets in just as I belly up to my laptop to share my life in print, on the screen, for everyone to read. Maybe I’m blocked because I don’t…

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Hunger by Roxane Gay

July 25, 2017

When I was younger I read a lot. I read the Bible every day. It was full of stories and lessons I could apply to my life. I pulled apart verses and parables, trying to glean every ounce of wisdom,…

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Life is Beautiful, Complicated, and Temporary

July 23, 2017

I have done a lot this month, especially for me. My days and nights are usually spent at home and are relatively quiet. This month I’ve been reminded I need to change my routine, shake up my daily pattern, and…

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