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A mother’s touch on a hot forehead and looking for a throat suckie at three in the morning

She crawled into bed on my side at one this morning. “Mama, I don’t feel good.” I turned onto my side and pulled her in close to me, sharing my pillow with her. A few hours later, “Mama, my throat really hurts.” She sat up in bed and I crawled out of the warm covers. […]

January first is not the only day to start something new. Today is a good day too.

At the start of this year I challenged you to walk every day in 2014. walk 365 in 2014. I made a printable  graphic with numbers from 1-365  and asked that you circle the day you walked. Walk to the end of your driveway, around the block, or walk to the moon and back. You […]

How to prepare for dinner guests without getting stressed out

Having friends over for dinner can be a stressful event. People will come in your home and judge you if you can not keep the top of your door frames free of dust. Turn  your back for one second and they might pull out the white gloves and run their hand across the top of […]

On my cell phone is a 42 second message from Heidi Lee, who died last year

  The memory on my phone was full. I had to delete old messages to make room for new messages. I sat in the parking lot of the local college deleting messages as I waited for my daughter’s shuttle bus to bring her back to the satellite campus. I didn’t pay attention to the names or who […]

5 steps to never burn a pan of green peas again

This morning I couldn’t find my favorite pan to make peas. I used a different pan and  put a small amount of water in the bottom of the pan, then I put my frozen, organic green peas in it. Turned it on high, and stepped into the other room,”for just a minute” to check my e-mail. […]

There are 10 things you need to never grow up.

Why grow up? I mean, really. Who wants to grow up?I will borrow a quote from the creator of Peter Pan, Mr. Barrie. J.M. Barrie  wants to climb trees as an adult. If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow […]

I knew I wanted to marry him after 18 days because …?

I found a drawing I made of my husband on February 12th, 1990. It was in a box of papers in the basement. I drew it twenty-four years ago. The dots on his forehead are the marks his hat made when he took it off. We had been skiing. He was sitting in front of me when […]

It is hard to live like a minimalist with 72 pair of underwear

I have wanted to live a like a minimalist ever since I found Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus’s blog, the minimalists. They write about living a meaningful life with less stuff.  How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions? –Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus It is hard to live like a minimalist with […]

Sexual Abuse Victims have an extreme need to be perfect

Mary DeMuth, published an article on her blog last week, “How To Protect Your Children From Sexual Abuse.” It is an excerpt from her book, “Not Marked: Finding Hope & Healing After Sexual Abuse”, that will be released on Amazon on February 10th, 2014.

Do you have guts? And I don’t mean your bowels.

I know you have guts. We all have guts.

Cows have guts, chickens have guts, people have guts and cats have guts. We eat. We poop. We have guts.

The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, The Unabridged Edition that weighs 9.9 pounds, said, on page 631: gut is the alimentary canal between the pylorus and the anus , or some portion of it; the bowels or entrails.