I Could Make It Work

You know how when you are shopping for a car, all you see are the cars you are looking at? Or if you’re trying to get pregnant, all you notice are babies? Or happy couples when you are lonely? All I am seeing now is “Apartment for Rent” signs. I’m in the midst of a...

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What I Learned From My 16-Year-Old Self

1972 was a turbulent time. I was a junior in high school, a class officer, a member of the Honor Society and someone who seemed to get along with everyone. But in the bigger world there was Vietnam, Watergate, and the simmering remnants from the race riots of 1967....

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Accept What Is. Then Take Action.

I'll admit it - I was thrown for a loop with the election results. I know I'm not the only one. It was interesting to observe how I reacted: First, I felt it very personally and wanted to shut down, hide under the covers, and never come out again. Next, I gradually...

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Baseball, Politics and America

As the granddaughter of a man who is in the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame for being a storied football and baseball coach, I come by my love of sports naturally. I grew up listening to the Detroit Tigers on transistor radios, coached girls softball while...

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The Limitations of Comparison

I have always said that there is a special place in heaven for parents who homeschool. I have been a teacher, and a mother, and have taught my own children in Sunday School....and I rest my case. This was my initial thought while beginning to read an article on Sofia...

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The Rest of the Story

I’ve told my story hundreds of times to thousands of people. So when I was asked to do so again for a woman who was about to interview me on video, my thought was “Sure, no big deal.” I told about where I had been, how I now live a “should-free” life, and how I’d...

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Lessons From The Olympian I (Practically) Know

I knew a girl once, in high school, that was practically an Olympian. She was a swimmer and was so good that she swam on the boys’ swim team. Of course I am that old that this was in the pre-Title IX days, so there was no girls swim team. But she was THAT good,...

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Choosing How You View The World

Someone recently said to me “I love the way you view the world!” My reply? “Thank you…it’s a choice I choose to make.” It’s always a choice. And sometimes it’s harder than others to find that “bright side” of things. Take, for instance, a few weeks ago. The news was...

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