Falling Without Fear

I used to like high places. I loved to climb trees as a child and look down between the branches to the world below. I loved roller coasters – the higher the better – and talked my nervous children into riding them with me. I’d hike up a mountain and stand on the top...

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Biased Against Myself

Last week our local newspaper ran the following headline: Montclair Mom To Challenge Frelinghuysen For Congress. Here is my reaction/internal conversation: “Oh, good for her! She must have really said ‘enough is enough’.” Then I read the article. It began…. U.S. Rep....

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Finding Your Way

I’ll admit that I am a bit “unconventional” when it comes to the typical stereotype of a woman driver. I do NOT stop and ask for directions. I remember actually stopping once, when my college roommate and I were doing a summer road trip around the state and had NO...

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Taking It All In

Years ago, after my beloved Bernese Mountain dog, Tess, died, I swore I wouldn’t get another dog until it felt right. Sometime after that self-pronouncement, a psychic, unasked, told me that Tess was still sleeping next to my side of the bed and would be there until...

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Home Improvement/Self Improvement

I come by it naturally, this propensity to fix things. And, in this case, I am not referring to other people, although there has been a bit of that, unfortunately and unsuccessfully, tried in the past. I'm talking in this case about fixing things around the house. I...

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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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