When I get to this time of year I become a bit introspective. I don’t make resolutions or promise myself that “this is the year…” I haven’t seen many resolutions make it to January 31 let alone an entire year. (Although one year my daughter and I made a commitment to forego drinking soda for an entire year. And we did it. As a result, I rarely drink pop now.)

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Here it is Christmas Day. How are you feeling as you roll over and greet the day? Do you anticipate planned holiday events or is there a part of you that dreads your feet hitting the floor to begin the rituals of the holiday? Will you be alone or is your day filled with savored traditions that fill your heart with joy?

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I have five sisters. In the last six months I have enjoyed sharing time with each one of them in my home away from home in Florida. We explored the beaches, hunted for shark’s teeth, watched movies, enjoyed dinner out, quilted, sewed, shopped and generally had a great time. We share the same parents who were married for almost 60 years. We lived in the same house on the farm our entire lives. We look alike, sound alike, act alike. We are similar in so many ways! 

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“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