Only the Delightful Things

  I really don’t like speaking of Stacie in the past tense for a few reasons. One, I miss her, and past tense phrasing reminds me that she’s gone from this earth. Two, I fully believe she’s more alive than ever, so she’s definitely not “over.” And three, for all I know, maybe she can…

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Powerful Men and Shaky Voices

Powerful Men and Shaky Voices   I was in my late teens and on one of my first jobs. My boss was a little too “friendly” and I asked him to stop. I was afraid to speak up to him, but in my shaky voice, I did. Soon after, although I wasn’t fired, he subtly—yet…

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Never Ever Give Up Hope

  “If it’s me reading the signs…” –Tiffany, from “Silver Linings Playbook”     It’s been a rough week. I’m clearly weary. I think a lot of us might be clearly weary. Outa juice, power, steam. Some days I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and saying, “Okay, I give. I’m ready…

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The Undoable: Love Overtaking Hate

  I took this photo standing on top of one of the Twin Towers. It was my first trip to NYC. I was fifteen years old. I fell in love with NYC that day and haven’t fallen out since. Today I’m thinking about all the lives lost and altered—and all loved ones devastated by that…

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Happy “What are you waiting for?” Day

  …Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver   It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth-and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up–that we will begin to live each…

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Sublime Child

  This week we celebrate my mother-in-law, Sandy’s birthday. Since I’m a woman of a certain age, I know it’s not nice to mention the birthday age of a woman of a certain age, not unless she volunteers it. Let’s just say, Sandy has spent some time hovering here on this great planet Earth and…

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Ahhh, You Got the Shimano’s

  The other day I was lost in thought, all hunkered-down and hunched over my bike, grunting up a paved, steep residential street. I must’ve only been looking down for a good bit because I came within a centimeter of crashing into the back end of a Ford F-150. Queue sound effect for my screeching…

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On This Day

  I took a stroll down Facebook memory lane this morning, and clicked on “On this day” in the left margin of my Facebook page, the tab under “Explore.” Here, I see my posts on this very day throughout the years since my own Facebook page came into existence. I just came across a photo…

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Don’t Throw Away the Oar

  I ‘d just hopped on my bike and sped up the hill toward my path when I spotted an old, oxidized aluminum, full-of-history-and-romance rowboat in a neighbor’s driveway. At the stern (I speak sailor. I know, impressive) I saw that there was a sign attached and hoped it said “Free.” It did. Better yet,…

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Aging and Johnny Depp

  This morning, my husband, John, stood in the doorway of our bedroom, his palms open and had that potential-minefield-face and said, “Now, I don’t want you to take this the wrong way…”   Here we go.   I waited for part-two of that sentence. He began again. Upgrading to a white-flag-waving-smile and with one…

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