Imagine. You’ve spent decades raising four children. They have all grown and flown the nest. You and your spouse are eagerly facing the years you’ve planned for, dreamed and talked about – years void of responsibilities minor children require, years for travel, exploring new hobbies and interests. As part of the “rest of your life plan” […]

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Last weekend I headed to town for some quick shopping. I do a lot of people watching and like to spot folks, (especially employees) doing great things. They rarely receive praise – but sometimes, to know that someone noticed, well, it’s Christmas. Stop #1: The deli counter at a local grocery. Employees were having a grand time, making […]

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Among the lip-smacking tastes of sweet potato pie, green beans, and turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving, there is a faint hint of bittersweet for me and my extended family. It has been a challenging year for us all, one of great pain, sadness and exhaustion from multiple directions and different fronts. Together we will gather to collectively praise and […]

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When you got up this morning,  you likely thought this was another normal, glorious Fall Friday. Not quite. The world is skipping a beat today and taking pregnant pause to acknowledge, marvel, and celebrate. Today, my good friend and colleague, Susan Campbell is retiring from the Independent Mail newspaper after more than 51 years of continuous […]

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Many of you have asked for an update following the loss of our home to fire earlier this year. What Can I Do?  Thank you for your continued prayers. Moving through Labor Day weekend, I felt a profound sense of transition. I deemed it a ready departure from the previous eight months of loss and recovery to […]

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Dog Days are here! Defined by Webster’s as “the hot, sultry period between mid-July and September; a time of stagnation or lessened activity aptly named because the Dog Star (Sirius) rises and sets with the sun during this time.” This is no time of stagnation or lessened activity for business, though many lean on that excuse. […]

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Having recently launched a new decade, I decided to punch a hole on my bucket list and take a TWO week vacation. Not since I was a child have I taken more than a week, including my wedding and honeymoon. Back in the day, my family enjoyed TWO weeks at (then undiscovered) Hilton Head Island […]

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Hold On to What is Good

  My previous posts, What Can I Do? and CINDER ella concerned the house fire Ted and I faced in February. This horrific experience continues to be a blessing and growth opportunity I feel compelled to share.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV).  Some days are easier […]

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CINDER ella

Iris, our 3-year old granddaughter, visited last month, her second trip since our house fire in February. Six days after the fire, Iris saw the house’s remains as depicted in my previous post What Can I Do? When Iris visited two months later she kept asking Bops and me to go see the castle. The castle? What was she talking […]

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What Can I Do?

In January, I posted It’s Time! promising to resume writing after months of silence. Little did I know that post would become an apt ruler to measure what was ahead. A week later my mother died. Service and burial were delayed by a snowstorm but my husband’s scheduled hand surgery was not. Nine days later, we lost our house in […]

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