“You are ruining my life!” (Please read in a whiny, crying voice – maybe even with some exaggerated eye rolling while throwing head back.) Have you ever said that to anyone? Maybe your parents? Maybe God? My daughter said that to me during the first week of kindergarten because I said she had to go to bed earlier than she wanted. 

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Today is the sixth day of Advent. As we approach Christmas and the celebration of Jesus’ birth, what is your focus? Are you baking and preparing special treats for your family and friends? Maybe you are wrapping gifts, listening to holiday music and drinking hot chocolate? Or perhaps you are just getting started with holiday shopping? Or maybe you don’t do Christmas? 

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Do I matter? Am I making a difference? These are questions we all wrestle with at one time or another. The innate need to be significant and live with purpose is something we can’t ignore. It tolls within us like the midnight bell…do I still have time? Has the opportunity passed me by?  

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Do you ever feel like some is watching you? George Orwell did. In 1949 he published his novel 1984 that is still considered a classic today. In this work of fiction, he popularized terms such as Big Brother, newspeak and doublethink through his plot of a post-war society plagued by a totalitarian government. 

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Lipstick and I are not best friends. We have never gotten along well; I don’t think we understand one another. But the other night I decided to give her a chance – she does so much for others. Can she do the same for me? 

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Today my mind is full of all things holiday. I bought a few last minutes items for the next couple of days when my house will be full to overflowing with my people. This year a few of my family will be in town so I’m looking forward to hosting them along with friends who have become family. 

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There are certain things in life I want to hide. And appropriately so, I suppose. Once I had a reaction to some outdoor plant. Maybe it was poison oak or sumac but it was an itchy, oozy, open wound. It looked pretty gross. I kept it hidden. Read More

Next week is Thanksgiving Day. Many of us will gather around a table with family and friends to celebrate and be thankful. The table will be filled with traditional holiday food of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, green beans Read More

Have you ever imagined walking to your mailbox to retrieve the mail only to find an official but plain looking envelope from the office of a lawyer. With curiosity, you cautiously open it to find that you are the honorary beneficiary of someone’s will. Maybe it was the man next door who didn’t have any family that you helped get his groceries? Or the Read More

Home! No matter where my travels take me, there is always a yearning within for home, the place my heart is truly at peace.  So while I love to travel, I am always happy to be home again where familiarity and peacefulness embrace me.

It begins when I step off the international flight onto American soil that I have the first sense of being “home.” The process of customs and immigration is familiar. I can read and understand the signage, language and processes. I whisk through the line for Read More