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Published on August 13, 2018
Published on August 6, 2017

It Could Always Be Worse

It Could Always Be Worse

During a gorgeous hot summer night, I was out walking with a couple of girlfriends.  While walking the girls started to vent! To vent means to get the steam out. To discuss everything that is causing psychological, emotional, or physical distress. In some cases, venting may cause your arms to swing, feet to stomp, voices to yell, and hair to be pulled.  Actually, it may look like a visual display of madness.

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Published on July 16, 2018
Published on July 21, 2016

I Found Myself

I Found Myself

I wasn’t a lost person, always looking for themselves.  I knew who I was early on.  I felt connected to my world and work quite quickly.  However, now I would love to talk to my 20-year-old self and say, “Hey, it’s ok to say NO – often.  It’s ok not to agree.  It’s ok that people won’t like you for being you. It’s ok to be independent.  It’s ok to live along your own path even if it’s unpopular.  It’s ok to simply be you!”

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Published on July 2, 2018
Published on July 25, 2017

The Profession Which Pays in LOVE

The Profession Which Pays in LOVE

And… What profession am I talking about? How do you get paid in LOVE? Is actual LOVE the currency? Am I talking about matchmaking?  Am I talking about a form of Professional Love?  Also… What type of love am I referring to? The love people have for each other, or for animals, or for inanimate objects?  Tell me! Which profession pays in love?

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Published on June 18, 2018
Published on June 25, 2017

Please Sit at Our Table

Please Sit at Our Table

An oldie, but a goodie… While growing up, the next tables I sat at were at birthday parties with friends. If you got to sit next to the birthday girl or boy, you were stylin!  If you got an icing rosette from the birthday cake you were a princess or prince in the Queen or King’s court. Royalty seating and musical chairs was the fashion then.  The tables to follow were in schools during lunch time. Those were more carefully selected and invitations were specific. Not always the friendliest and forgiving of seating situations. Who you sat next to depicted who your friends were and weren’t. These were more complicated seating times.  Then we all grew up…

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Published on November 2, 2015

The Random Occurrence of Wonderful

The Random Occurrence of Wonderful

The other morning I woke up to the sound of ticking on my bathroom window. Tick, tick, tick, tick … Stop … Again, tick, tick, tick, tick … Stop. Again and again, the same ticking sound and then it would stop.  This pattern repeated for about five minutes.  I rolled over in my bed and tried to go back to sleep. I assumed it was a squirrel running about.

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Published on May 21, 2018
Published on June 11, 2017
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Published on October 30, 2017
Published on October 16, 2016
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Published on April 30, 2018
Published on April 30, 2017
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Published on March 19, 2018
Published on March 12, 2017

A Boat of Quotes

A Boat of Quotes

“Dear, don’t bother holding your tongue. Just use a glue stick instead of your lipstick.”

The thought of me taking a glue stick out of my purse instead of a lipstick would be hysterical. I might just use this as a prop one night when I’m out with my girlfriends.
Sometimes not speaking and listening more intently is the best and safest approach to being. You can never be misquoted from what you don’t say!

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Published on March 5, 2018
Published on February 26, 2017
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Published on February 19, 2018
Published on February 22, 2017
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Published on January 22, 2018
Published on January 22, 2017
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Published on January 8, 2018
Published on January 8, 2017

Food For The Soul

Food For The Soul
If it’s actually food, it could possibly be CHOCOLATE.  It could even be ICE CREAM.  Perhaps any kind of CHEESE on deliciously fresh BREAD.

This is not actual ‘food’ that I am talking about.  I’m referring to the food which fills your soul.  Although food can do this in many ways, I’m dipping deeper down into the bowels of our soul and mind.  The space that makes you breath deeper and dream.

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Published on November 27, 2017
Published on November 13, 2016

I Won’t Grow Up

I Won’t Grow Up

I remember riding my bike and listening to Steely Dan on the radio:
Are you reelin’ in the years
Stowin’ away the time
Are you gatherin’ up the tears
Have you had enough of mine
Just riding my bike in the sun and listening to the radio. Simply, simple.
So how does one ward off the pending gloom that surrounds adulthood? How do we reclaim reelin’ in the years?
My suggestion…”Screw Maturity”. That’s right, don’t grow up. Stay immature and child-like.
How does one stay immature? Embrace childhood happiness and simple joys.

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Published on November 13, 2017
Published on October 30, 2016

Don’t Listen to the Mustn’ts, Shouldn’ts, and Can’ts

Don’t Listen to the Mustn’ts, Shouldn’ts, and Can’ts

I really wanted to be a smart person. It seemed that the smart kids got a lot of respect in school and I wanted that. Although I tried hard to be a smart kid, I couldn’t break into the regular learning groups in elementary school. But…I was a really good athlete, so that helped along the way. I couldn’t spell, but I could run super fast!

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Published on October 16, 2017
Published on August 11, 2016

Actively Listening to Life

Actively Listening to Life
Once I entered the graduate program at Concordia, Dr. Schmid did a good job of quickly putting me in my place. He had a way of saying the truth without hurting anyone. So, here I was all bushy tailed and excited to conquer my graduate studies.

Reality set in when I nearly bombed my first graduate course‎. He said, “Under-grads think they know everything. Grads think they know quite a bit. It’s the Profs who realize that we hardly know anything.” Now, I was starting to smarten up and listen better.

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Published on October 2, 2017
Published on August 31, 2016
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Published on September 6, 2017
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Published on September 4, 2017
Published on October 2, 2016

I Run in the Direction of…

I Run in the Direction of…
Back in the day, I would run to clear my mind, listen to some great tunes on my Sony Walkman, and get fit.  I would run in beautiful surroundings for inspiration. I would run because I could. I was so carefree and the world was wonderful and I ran for pure joy.

Flash forward 33 years.  I’m still a runner, but with aching knees that click all the time. My loose running shorts are now ¾ length Epic Run Tight Fit Tights – to hold me together! I need a hat to control the incredible amounts of sweat pouring from this exercising menopausal suffering soaked me. It’s not as pretty, but it still has a PURPOSE!

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Published on September 28, 2017