Midlife Transitions

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  – Maya Angelou No matter how old we are or what our life circumstances, life altering events happen, sometimes frequently. They are the situations, real or imagined, that drive…

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Life's Gifts

I lost a very good friend last week ~ not a friend I called every day,  but a friend I enjoyed sitting beside and having a cup of tea.  My friend was  strong and steady, providing shelter in storms that arose unexpectedly.  After many a long day I allowed myself…

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THE FANTASY OF YOUTH

Ironically, this is my Alma mater! Lately I have been reflecting on the lost optimism of my youth, once such an integral part of who I was. Its absence disturbs me. I want it back! I want to feel all that giddy hope and excitement about the future I once…

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Mother's Day

I’m spending Mother’s Day with Mom, sitting beside her hospital bed. Three days ago she fell and broke her upper thigh bone, only a few short weeks after we moved her into the one room assisted living wing of the retirement community. She is frail and suffers mild dementia. Miraculously…

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What Kind of Tree are You?

Trees are like people. They are all different but each has its own purpose. Some provide shelter and comfort, others offer strength and encouragement. Just as we appreciate trees differently, we can appreciate each person for their uniqueness and what they have to give. Understanding and accepting our own gifts can help us see more readily the gifts that others possess.

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