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Posts with the ‘love’ tag

3 Steps to Valentine Joy

I looked up not long ago and realized that Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. For those in a healthy, loving relationship, this time of year can be over-the-moon uplifting and joyful. For many, Valentine’s Day 2020 will be a painful reminder of what was lost or a yearning for the not yet… The single […]

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A Song of Hope from Christmas Bells

A friend and I explored quaint shops and looked for a fun place to lunch while we walked and caught up on life. We spent much of our conversation back and forth between natural disasters, politics, and culture. In our effort to have intentional time we covered a variety of deep topics. We hold our […]

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Valentine Singles: Blooms of Joy in a Doubles World

It’s that time of year. Perfect looking couples in ads, shows, and movies. Stories of love and pictures of happily-ever-afters. But what if you are a never-married single… or divorced… or widowed… or maybe you feel alone in a relationship… The upcoming holiday of flowers, chocolates, and diamonds can seem overwhelming and blues-inducing. For so […]

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All I Want For Christmas

For at least two years my favorite Christmas song was “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” I remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap watching the multi-colored lights and tinsel on our Christmas tree and singing the song while waiting for my big girl two front teeth to finally grow in. You […]

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5 Steps to Wonder This Christmas

One Grey November Day “Oh, look, I found this beautiful flower just for you.” Small steps halted as she bent down to cradle the brown leaf resting on the sidewalk and extend her gift to me. “This is the most beautiful flower, isn’t it?” “It is, indeed. Thank you for your sweet gift.” Her 5-year-old […]

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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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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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A Daffy Valentine

Perennial Hope Every spring, the daffodils (or daffys, as a New Zealand friend calls them) astound me. They return each year to greet me with their sunny dispositions. First, their green shoots peek through the grey, sleepy soil. The glimpse of green is always an unexpected sign of hope in the midst of a chilly, […]

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