The Unbearable Heaviness of ‘Stuff’

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The collection of ‘stuff’ has been an ongoing theme in my life, and it all started with my mother. A baby born at the end of the Great Depression, Mom was a collector of everything. Born into an extremely poor rural French Catholic family, she had to leave home at age 15 to get a job and to make a way for herself in the world. Education was (and is) a luxury that the poor could simply not afford. Continue reading “The Unbearable Heaviness of ‘Stuff’”

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The Collector

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When her son was born, she carefully documented each milestone. Continue reading “The Collector”

I Can Fly…

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I read once that when we fly in our dreams, our soul has briefly left our sleeping bodies. Continue reading “I Can Fly…”

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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He is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative with staunch fundamental Baptist values. Continue reading “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

I’m So Prepared for LIFE!

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When my kids were younger, every summer vacation, we would go camping with my sister and my brother-in-law. Continue reading “I’m So Prepared for LIFE!”

Unfinished Business (Best Friend)

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Life is full of unfinished business. We don’t always get to know why someone cut us off. Maybe it had nothing at all to do with us. Maybe their lives got complicated. Or busy. Maybe they outgrew us. Maybe they died. Or maybe they truly wished to have nothing more to do with us. Sometimes, we just don’t get to know the answer… sometimes, we just have to live with the void… Continue reading “Unfinished Business (Best Friend)”

What Little Girls Are Made Of…

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What Little Girls Are Made Of…

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And all that’s nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.

Popular Nursery Rhyme

The author of the rhyme is uncertain, but may be English poet Robert Southey (1774–1843). (Source)

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I remember as if it were yesterday having a lively, friendly and animated disagreement with a dear girlfriend about raising children. Specifically, about raising girls. Continue reading “What Little Girls Are Made Of…”