Fear, failure, and (almost) falling overboard:
7 Life lessons from a sailing mishap

If you want to be happy

Before I was married, one of the many young men I dated was a radio disk jockey. Just a word to the wise, moms: If your daughter wants to date a dj, just say NO. I was a dj, too, so I got to know many of them. Let’s just leave it that they are […]

Moving from Scaredy Cat to Too Darn Happy

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Folks tend to be curious about how I came to be here as a helper and encourager, so today I’m sharing my story. It’s not nice and neat, and parts are kind of embarrassing, probably much like yours and anyone else’s. My hope is that you draw encouragement to step out to follow your dreams, […]

Five Minute Friday-Ache

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 The ache of motherhood. It’s like being at a banquet and eating the best dessert ever topped with bits of jalepanos and drops of vinegar. Sweet. And oh so very snappy. And also sometimes unpleasantly sour. Bites of deliciously delightful love, that somehow are layered with occasional tastes of hot anger, and sometimes, too, a […]

Are you being sugared off?

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As I drove past a local college last week, I noticed that they had tapped the stately maples that lined the campus, the old-fashioned metal buckets hugging the large, gray tree trunks. Were one of the science classes running experiments, I wondered, or were culinary students preparing to take part in one of our long-standing […]

Five Minute Friday-Growing

  As we grow up our kids, we grow up ourselves. We begin with the best of intentions, vowing to be the best parents we can possibly be. We will lead them to be good, kind children, full of faith and joy and love. And then, they become toddlers, little mirrors of ourselves, and we […]

7 Day Stamina Challenge Wrap up

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Well, well. Wasn’t that an interesting, jam packed full-of-learning week. Anyone who participated in the challenge deserves a pat on the back for stretching those comfort zones so far that we were sure that they might snap us right into next week. Or under the wheels of an oncoming bus. I came away intrigued, in […]

7 Day Stamina Challenge: Baring your soul on Day 6

Here we go again, on the roller coaster of growth and change: This isn’t bad. Ok, it’s a little disconcerting. Oh. My. Gosh. I’M GOING TO DIE!!! Whew! Guess not. Let’s do it again! Chug, chug, chug…Where are we? Oh, yes, Day 6: Go public – Tell at least two people about your big, hairy, […]

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