Category Archives: Essays

Meeting Carol

One morning, when I stopped by the independent living facility where my mother-in-law resides, Carol met me at the door, her eyes sparkling. After giving me a hug and leading me inside, she declared, “This is a banner day for … Continue reading

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The Messiness of Life

Each year I look forward to receiving a holiday letter from my friend Kris. In amongst the family news, there is always a bit of wisdom and insight. This year, she wrote of new adventures, travels with friends, and visits from … Continue reading

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Candy Cane Mission

Believe me when I say that I am as Christmased out as you are, yet here I am ending the holiday week with a Noel-themed post. Bear with me, because the message is about the other 364 days of the … Continue reading

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I Cannot Fix Everything

My friend Diane and I were exchanging a flurry of texts.  A dear mutual friend was in the hospital and had been for several days.  “I am rather worried about him,” I wrote her.  I was concerned that his care … Continue reading

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The World Can Wait

My younger daughter and I love to do jigsaw puzzles.  We always have one laid out on the table in the living room, and we can usually complete three or four a month.  But this fall, a puzzle languished untouched … Continue reading

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Thanks Giving

I love Thanksgiving. Hands down, it is my favorite holiday. My happiness doesn’t come from the Thanksgiving Day meal.  Years ago, while working as a cook, I had to dress twenty large birds at a time. Ever since, I smell … Continue reading

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What Are You Complaining About?

One morning I noticed that my friend Erin was wearing a loose orange rubber band on her wrist. “Do you like my new bracelet?” she asked, giving the rubber band a snap. “I got it at my retreat this weekend. … Continue reading

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