Finding the Gift

Finding the Gift

I knew they were there, so it wasn’t a total shock to find the stack of journals in a box of assorted memories. What was a surprise was what I found inside: I found me.  As much as I have sworn off moving ever again, it really has been an interesting and...

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How Long is Forever?

How Long is Forever?

Last November I had a brilliant idea: When my lease was up in April, I’d move to a house with a yard to accommodate my active pup and give me a little breathing space. How hard would it be to find a cute little house in this area?  Answer: 5 months. 10 lost...

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Brilliant Ideas

Brilliant Ideas

When I was a secretary at an IBM plant, I had an idea. This was back in the days of dictating machines and these new-fangled word processors. And while I was loving this new corporate adventure, I was not enthusiastic about being a secretary. My typing skills were...

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All of Me

All of Me

After I had my 2nd son, a rather chunky baby, my wrist said “That’s enough!” It was barely hanging on from the years of being a secretary, with those new-fangled word processors. The first step in helping my carpal tunnel was to wear a brace. While this helped...

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I Didn’t Recognize Myself

I Didn’t Recognize Myself

I didn’t recognize myself. I was staring in the mirror, like I do most days, yet something was different. Who was this old woman staring back at me? It was shocking and extremely disconcerting, as if there had been some alien transformation overnight – or possibly...

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The Sprout

The Sprout

One of the blessings of moving to a new environment is its newness and exploration opportunities. You can see and hear things you’ll probably overlook in a few weeks. It is all so intriguing and full of possibilities. And hopefully not too much frustration! This is...

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You Don’t Have to Grab the Ribbon

You Don’t Have to Grab the Ribbon

Imagine a balloon. Your favorite color balloon. This is no ordinary balloon – it is a vehicle that will whisk your cares away. You take the balloon into your hands, close your eyes, and imagine all the worries, concerns, anxieties and things that keep you up at night....

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Letting Go of the Drama

Letting Go of the Drama

Across from my building is a horseshoe-shaped little street, the kind of place you could drive past for years and then one day turn your head, catch a glimpse, and wonder if it’d been there all this time. I only discovered it because it is a perfect route for an early...

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Transition Teams

Transition Teams

As we now find ourselves in that unique time in our nation’s history where we are transitioning from one administration to another, it made me think about the concept of transitions. And we certainly have had more than our fair share of them, personally, and as a...

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Way back in high school I remember taking an aptitude test to help determine my direction in life. Among other things it got wrong was saying that I have a strength in Math and possible career paths could include mathematician or scientist. It is quite amazing that...

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