Category Archives: Priorities

Forever Changed

(I originally published this a few years ago, but wanted to re-post it today, the anniversary.) My son missed the bus. It was his second year in high school after having been home schooled since fourth grade. I was still … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland Woods

Do the same thing, get the same thing?  We have lived here for twenty years, and I cannot remember once walking in these woods behind my house in the snow.  Absurd, right? Today I did.  The snow-covered branches were breath-taking, … Continue reading

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A Valuable Exercise

 I just finished reading Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead. Wow! Although I am a newer fan of Brown, I find myself quoting her A LOT. Her research on shame which began twenty years ago with her doctoral thesis is relevant and meaningful … Continue reading

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The First Step

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”   Hooray! I accomplished something new today. I promised myself I would run as many days as I can this summer. The thing is, I’m not a runner. It … Continue reading

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The Gift of One Word

“Order brings peace.” ~Saint Augustine Welcome to my office. I don’t know what your standard of tidiness is, but now when I peer into my little nook in the northwest corner of our house, I smile and say ahhh. It brings me … Continue reading

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Zuzu’s Petals

“Whatever you do, just don’t lose heart. Keep on pushing back the dark.” ~Josh Wilson One of our family’s Christmas traditions is watching It’s a Wonderful Life. This black and white film from 1946 tells the tale of George Bailey, a … Continue reading

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Forever Changed

My son missed the bus. It was his second year in high school after having been home schooled since fourth grade. I was still homeschooling my two younger children. I would have to wake them up early to drive him … Continue reading

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The Defiant Pen

Three gifts for today. . .     274. geese on open water in late November         275. a son’s safe journey home             276. the soft weight of a thousand prayers pressing in through the stitches of a            … Continue reading

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Scriptophilia (and Harold) made me do it

Confession? I quit NaNoWriMo. Wednesday, November 15 was my last day. I wrote (and fudged and outlined and talked to myself on paper) for fifteen days and 24,002 words, and then I decided to stop kidding myself. I had (have) … Continue reading

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Phlox of Patience

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”~Winnie the Pooh It’s the middle of August. The garden phlox are out in abundance. When they were still growing tall and before they flowered and unleashed their glory, a friend … Continue reading

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