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  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

    On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence. This passage marked the separation of the thirteen colonies from King George III. No longer were these colonies an extension of Great Britain, as they now were… Read More ›

  • 1,825 Days

    Fifth wedding anniversaries are commemorated in a number of ways. The traditional anniversary gift is wood, or you can go the contemporary route and give a gift of silverware. Year five even has its own gemstone, sapphire, assigned to it… Read More ›

  • Stepping Up

    Today, the spotlight is on the people we call Dad. Father. Pops. Papa. Daddy. Regardless of the term of endearment we use, it’s a day devoted to them. This evening, I will celebrate Father’s Day with my Dad and give… Read More ›

  • Nine Years of Stories

    Nine years ago today, I pushed the publish button for the first time on this site, sending my first blog post out into the world.  That small act was enormously, and equal parts, scary and healing.  I was coming off… Read More ›

  • Emptying the Nest

    When my youngest child was a little girl, the first couple of weeks of each new school year brought about lots of tears. Lots and lots of tears. From both of us. She would cry when I would take her… Read More ›

  • By Reason of Insanity

    Of all the quotes about mothers, this one by J.D. Salinger is far and away my favorite. Perhaps, this is because it is a line from Catcher in the Rye, a book that imprinted itself on my psyche. Perhaps, because… Read More ›

  • Living in the And

    On average, we speak 7,000 words and have over 60,000 thoughts each day. That is a lot of words and a lot of thoughts. A whole lot. Words can be both powerful and meaningful, yet we often go on automatic… Read More ›

  • Vaccinated

    I may be alone in this, but I find it difficult to simply say the word vaccine. Whenever I see or hear it, I immediately hear the iconic Dolly Parton song, Jolene, in my hear. I then substitute Jolene with… Read More ›

  • Allowed

    Part of my daily morning routine is to say the Serenity Prayer and then ask for guidance, before choosing one of Cory Lockhart’s beautiful Cards for Remembering. I shuffle the deck, and then, without looking, I randomly choose a card…. Read More ›