Signs of Springtime Hope

The blooms of a tulip tree (aka saucer magnolia) are, for me, the first sign that spring has sprung. These lovely blossoms herald optimism that winter is behind me and brighter skies await. They make my heart sing. Every. Single.Year. After months of looking at bare branches with no touch of green, brown grasses, grey […]

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A Gaggle of Geese for Mother’s Day

One day last fall, a neighbor showed me a nest filled with eggshell fragments. Two days later I spotted tiny goslings and four adults on the water. Over several weeks I watched the goslings grow until they became young adults. Two parents and three goslings made up one family and I began to daily seek […]

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Flowers For More Than a Day

Valentine’s Day arrives in a few days. That means countless flowers will be delivered to offices and homes on Friday. I spent many years as a single dreading every ding of the office door as fragrant deliveries arrived. Flowers, candy, balloons, stuffed animals galore. All. Day. Long. If you are not looking forward to Friday, […]

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Finding the Wonderful This Time of Year

Expectation and anticipation build when the month of December returns each year. We begin to plan activities and events that celebrate life and bring people together. Promise and hope shimmer all around. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Or not. For too many, the past year has introduced confusion and heartache. This […]

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Campaigning for Thankfulness

Campaigns When you read the word campaign, what is your first internal response? For many, it brings a sense of negativity, triggering frustration and stress. Wonderful campaigns do exist…ALS ice bucket challenge…breast cancer awareness…pledge drives for worthy causes. Campaigns to raise funds for schools, churches, and community organizations. All of these can be worth our […]

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Asking Key Questions

Have you ever sought something and missed seeing it right in front of you? Have you laughed at yourself after digging through a purse only to find the sunglasses you seek resting quietly on top of your head? Or found yourself looking for the very telephone you were holding? (I’ve done that too – while telling […]

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A Day to Remember

Today, October 15th, represents the Official Day of Remembrance within a month of Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness. This month allows those of us who have experienced the gut-wrenching pain of loss to come together in support and community. If this month has personal meaning and experience for you, you are on my heart. I […]

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Help with an Unbearable Burden

We watched the momma bear search high and low for her young cub. She paced several blocks of a neighborhood for hours. All. Day. Long. Two friends and I heard a rumor that Parks & Wildlife rescued the injured cub early in the day and whisked it away for rehabilitation, but no one explained this […]

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