Tag Archives: joy

Letter to my Daughter

I knew you before I met you. That’s how this precious, undefinable thing called motherhood works. I should have known you would be a night owl, you were born an hour before the clock struck midnight. The next morning as … Continue reading

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Off You Go!

This is the post the old me couldn’t imagine until I sat with tight, nervous hands not yet adept at forming fluent words, making cursive loops onto notebook paper as I wrote the first paragraph of my memoir. Not knowing … Continue reading

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Mot Juste

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” I’ve been reading the poet/philosopher, Rumi’s works for years.  So I could think of nothing better than to cite some of my favorite Rumi quotes that are … Continue reading

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on going home, sister friends…and peacocks

Moving away from all that is familiar and safe is never easy.  It means stepping away from the ease of knowing where you’re going without directional assistance.  Have you ever driven to a place so many times you only remember … Continue reading

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The Warrior and the Human

We stand.  Side by side.  Sometimes I follow.  Others I lead. This sounds a bit cliche’.  Rehearsed.  I tried to think of other fresh ways to say it, but this encapsulates my truest ideals as to where I am and how … Continue reading

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The Music of Acceptance

This post is dedicated to the memory of our son, Preston, who loved music.  And life. Several months ago, I watched the Glee episode honoring actor, Corey Monteith through his character, Finn Hudson.  Yes, I’m a gleek. I happen to … Continue reading

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Illuminating J-O-Y

We are in the home run stretch of building our “Not So Empty Nest.”  Can I get an amen!!!  We will be moving out of our rental at the end of January.  Which translated, means…it’s crunch time!  Due to all … Continue reading

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An Uncommon Love Story

Today is our wedding anniversary.  My husband, Sam, and I are celebrating thirty- three years of marriage.  Of love and joy.  Struggle and strife.  As I sat down to write this week’s post, what I thought would be easy and … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines

I’m not a black and white thinker with most things.  Nor have I ever colored within the lines.  But I’ve always tried to read between them. I call that intuition. Upon meeting someone new, my intuition is like an excited … Continue reading

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ORANGE CRUSH

OR – ANGE you glad Football season has arrived?  In our house everything is coming up Orange! (and maroon).  My husband, Sam, is a Hokie.  I’m a Hokie by marriage only, which makes me an adopted child in the worldwide … Continue reading

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