Life Transitions

Posts in the ‘Life Transitions’ category

Beauty in the Chrysalis Transformation

My mom loves butterflies. She buys flowers and herbs to attract them—dill, rue, and butterfly weed have annual planting appointments in her patio pots and flowerbeds. During the warm days of spring and summer she watches closely for a variety of butterflies to lay their eggs and monitors where the tiny specks appear. Then begins […]

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The (Un)Happy Dance of June

Unlike Snoopy’s happy dance, June can rob me of motivation to do much more than take slow motion baby steps forward. Do you ever dread stepping into a certain month? Never would I have imagined that an entire month would challenge my contentment the way June has for the last 12 years. This year, especially. […]

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The Wheel of Friendship

Hot summer days remind me of joyful times in childhood with the neighborhood kids. Playing tag, running around, climbing trees, riding bicycles. Especially riding bikes. Sneakers pedaling as fast as small feet allow, wind blowing through our hair, singing silly songs as we ride down alleys and streets, exploring the space where we live. Freedom. […]

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Real Love Transforms Our Hearts for Good

Real Definition “What is real?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play […]

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2018: The Promise We Can’t Yet See

The small sign conveyed holiday cheer with block red letters on a small foam core square – similar to those Christmas Light ad signs I’ve seen around town since October. As I waited for the light to turn green, I looked around the intersection, scanned the sign, moved on visually, then did a double take. […]

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Comfort and Joy in a Season of Grief

The holiday season is in full swing and waves of pain and grief engulf the joy of many this time of year. Life adventure brings jubilant events as well as times in the valley of despair. There can be an expectation (often self-imposed) of a Norman Rockwell, “ideal” holiday. Social media doesn’t help – we […]

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4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back-to-School Season

The close of Summer peeks over the horizon. As sunny, salty days begin to conclude, a hint of Fall is in the air… A new school year is near. Overnight, stores begin to overrun with school sales. Advertising everywhere entices us to purchase of kids clothing and school supplies. Church pulpits communicate prayerful messages for […]

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The Final Salute: An Act of Unity

The last few years, we Americans have been in the thick of a great divide, a magnitude of cultural upheaval like I’ve never seen. There seems to be little to bring us together. It feels like we have lost any sense of common ground or basic respect for one another. Left against Right. Blue vs. […]

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