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Why the darkest Christmas was my brightest

Ketchum / Sun Valley Idaho (Image Source) It was Christmas 2009 and as in years previous, I traveled to the mountains to spend the holidays with my parents at their home in Ketchum, Idaho,  a small...

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Adopting a pet for life

  “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog the world will change forever.” ~ author unknown November 3 – 9 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week...

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Do we need laws to fight discrimination? Yes we do

A friend posted a lovely statement on her Facebook page last week which said, “Instead of making more government laws, let’s raise a generation that doesn’t discriminate.” It’s a nice idea, one that perhaps every generation has hoped...

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Giving your heart to a dog

When you give your heart to a dog, you’re setting yourself up to the inevitable fact that you are likely to outlive them. Life with any pet means a lot of love and companionship, but...

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Waiting for my inspiration to show up

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” ~ Pyotr Tchaikovsky I think most writers looking for inspiration have thought, at one time or another, that there is a mysterious power, a sixth...

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Patience, grasshopper…*

I used to work with a woman who’s favorite saying was,“Never pray for patience because you’re just asking to be tested.” The older I got, the more I understood what she meant, which was, the...

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A Father’s Day memory

(I wrote this three years ago today, on June 15, 2011. I reprint it here in honor of Father’s Day and my dad Pat.)   I opened his closet door and reached for the...

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The children are watching…

What I saw: The mom had a vise-like grip on her little boy’s arm as she dragged him over to the bench in front of the store. His little legs scrambled as fast as...

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Rejecting rejection

I recently entered a writing competition in which I thought I might have a fair chance of at least getting a small recognition.  I didn’t actually think I would win the whole enchilada, but I hoped that...

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Our lives as a highlight reel

Have you ever sat at lunch and listened to a friend go on and on about all the wonderful things that are happening in her life? She just got back from a glorious trip...

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Navigating the Road To Success

  “The road to success is always under construction.” ~ Lily Tomlin Not too long ago I was invited to give a talk to the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Boise...

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Finding your own voice

(Martha Graham)  “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression...

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Monday Musings and Motivation

 (Fantastic whimsical artwork and greeting cards by Pamela J. Zagarenski – www.sacredbee.com) “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ~...

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The journey IS the destination

(photo credit) “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~ Greg Anderson  The other day I was standing in a store line semi-eavesdropping...