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Good-Bye Fur Baby

Hubby and I agreed long ago to not be animal owners. Then there were kids. A few years into parenting, animals joined the family. As with anything, there is life and there is death. Both are filled with learning opportunities. Bunnies, Dog, Chickens, and Horses Vacation Bible School led us to baby bunnies looking for …

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Test Taking

Finals Week is upon us–for those us in college, teaching at the university and/or living with someone in one of those situations. In my case, it is all of the above. My oldest child is a high schooler living at home who is taking a full course load at the local community college and I …

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Burning to Bitch

I have a cold sore. It’s my down time between summer and fall. I should NOT be stressed. Why do I have this blazing burning blister, front and center, on my lower lip? Cool It, Girlie! Venting to my mom, I was on quite a rant! Unbeknownst to me, my “techie” parents placed me on …

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Practicing Presence

A full summer followed by a lull in the action. Is it the calm before the storm or is it simply the tidal wave-like ebb and flow of life? I can be really good at “to-do” lists and the “keep on keepin’ on” mentality. However, I can struggle with just “being.” I am practicing presence! …

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Choosing a Priority

To-do lists can get long. Choosing a priority can result in uncertainty. Typically, in such a situation, the human response goes one of three ways: Ostrich: bury the head in the sand Energizer Bunny: look really busy doing not much of anything Balanced Bird: prioritize in order of time sensitivity and importance; chug along at a …

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Everybody is safe…but…

Manning a vending table at a conference on a Friday night, I received the following text, “Everybody is safe, but the van has a problem,” followed by “It apparently rear ended a car full of teenagers. The radiator is leaking and it has a few bruises.” Thirdly, “We need to take it to the shop.” …

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