Prepping for Life Storms

Storms in life are inevitable and yet somehow I (maybe you too?) am usually surprised when they appear. Out of nowhere. The other day I stood outside and felt the wind pick up. As I looked overhead and saw the dark mass swooping in, I quickly captured the raindrops falling alongside the brilliant sun. The storm […]

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Mother’s Day Transformation

Mother’s Day sets apart a special time to appreciate and honor our moms. Advertisements remind us to call, write, send a card, or get on an airplane to act on our love for Mother’s Day. What can we do when the thought of Mother’s Day makes our hearts twist and our stomachs lurch? Detours Many […]

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Weed Removal

In the joy of seeing new blossoms and green grass after a long winter, I made an unpleasant discovery—weeds threaten much of the emerging beauty. These enemies rob tiny plants of much-needed nutrition and cramp their growing space. Unwelcome varieties of grassy weeds intertwine with established root systems and threaten the grass seeking freedom from […]

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3 Ways to Bloom on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be one of the loneliest days of the year. Many people dread it due to their current single status: still waiting to meet their mate, widowed, or divorced. The numerous workplace floral deliveries on February 14th. The office door and its echoing ding engages momentary excitement that maybe this time the flowers […]

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Growth Out of Season

Weather-wise we are in a weird time – sitting in the middle of winter with a few days of mild temperatures thrown in for confusion. As the sunshine coaxes green shoots from their warm beds, I want to bend down and call out to them. Stop! Quit growing! You don’t know what you’re doing. Stay nestled […]

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Changing Seasons

Watching the blaze of color crawl down the mountainside makes my soul sing. I don’t fully understand the scientific process but I know the result is magnificent. Of course this bounty of color signals great change. Trees transform from lush greens to a burnish of gold, orange, and magenta. Each year these gems fall to […]

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Stepping Out Into Life

Two weeks ago I experienced the joy of watching my niece take her first official steps onto her new college campus. Circumstances and love allowed me to travel with my brother and deliver her to the next chapter in life (a big thank you to my sister-in-law!). Wow! So many firsts… First home away from […]

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Embracing Mother’s Day

I take a deep breath and remind myself, it’s that time of year again. You know, the day set apart to honor and celebrate moms. The day children write poems as tokens of their love and families gather to celebrate mothers. A glorious day of recognition for women with children. A gut-wrenching day for women […]

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